Pet-Friendly Homes in Boca Raton FL

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Pet-Friendly Homes in Boca Raton, FL 




People searching for pet-friendly homes for sale in Boca Raton FL often run into problems.  I know; I get the calls.  Pet friendly can mean different things to many people. The condo you saw online may accept one cat but no dogs, or it may accept one dog with a maximum weight of 25 pounds or two dogs maximum 60 pounds. You need to know up front what you are dealing with. What are the pet regulations of the community you are looking at?  Do you know?  Don't take, Oh, it's fine as an answer.    Otherwise, you are wasting your time.


It happens all too often
.  People fall in love with a house in a gated community that accepts one pet when they have three, or a condo that is pet friendly to cats, fish and birds and their pet is a dog.  It happens.  People have called me hysterical the day before closing only to find out they were approved by the condo association but their beloved pet was not. This is a nightmare situation for a pet owner to be faced with. (No, I was not their agent!) Don't let this happen to you.   If your pets are part of the family, then your dogs bring you many special gifts.  


Are you looking for a home with a Golden Retriever? A condo with two small dogs or even two big dogs? A house with three dogs?  This all comes into play and listings tend to be vague. Price factors in, as well.  When looking for pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL, you must tell your agent the type of pets you have, their breeds, weights and how many you have.  Multiples can be just as problematic.   For example, two small dogs weighing five pounds each will likely not be accepted in a community whose regulations state one pet maximum weight of 25 pounds. Sounds crazy, I know, but true.


Dogs spending time in Boca Raton FL




The answer is probably yes, but you need to know your choices will be limited.  Breed, weight and price all factor in.  As a pet lover and owner, I'm ok with this.  My dogs are family - no two ways about it.  You need to be too, especially, if you're planning to go into a gated community, condo or subdivision.


Many communities in Boca Raton FL  are pet friendly. Some will accept one or two pets with a maximum weight of 25 pounds - be careful, though, some want a combined weight of 25 lbs, not 25 lbs each. Some will even accept three or more. Some will accept up to 40 pounds.  And, in some communities, there are no weight restrictions but there are breed restrictions. And that brings us to the next scenario.


Some pet-friendly communities in Boca Raton FL do not allow what they consider "aggressive breeds."  In Boca Raton, pet-friendly communities are not always pet friendly to restricted breeds. What is meant by restricted breeds are pit bulls, rottweilers, American Staffordshire and, in some cases, they have gone further and included other breeds such as Dobermans, German Shepherds, Chows and others.  Each association is different so this needs to be checked carefully. If you have what is termed a restricted breed, I know you love him/her, but plan on buying a house on a street, not in a community. 




The answer is probably yes.
I have found homes for people with cats, small dogs, medium-sized dogs, multiple pets, Golden Retrievers, American Bulldogs and Labradors. Yes, it can be done but it takes time and patience.  If it's a pit bull, the answer will likely be no. (Sorry!)




Seriously?  Your dog doesn't bark ever?  Not even when the mailman comes by?  Ok, I believe you, but I would caution you against trying to sneak them in. Someone is going to find out - for sure -  and then you're going to have a problem. So why bother?  Why not go to a pet-friendly community to start with and avoid the headache?







And so it goes... after being told the particular community they are inquiring about does not accept pets, the call goes something like this.  How about if I get a doctor's letter?  She could be an emotional support animal.  My answer is always the same.  If your pet is truly an emotional support animal, great; if not, you may get him accepted but what happens if he barks?  Annoys the neighbors?  Don't think for a minute your neighbors will not complain because they will.  

Is it really worth the headache?  Why not just go to a pet-friendly community in Boca Raton and leave this for the folks who really need it? Some communities now require a pet go through full training before being declared a service animal.  


For more information about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL and Boca Raton Real Estate, please contact me. I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent and can be reached at (561) 716-7824, by text or by email at Thank you for reading about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton FL.


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Comments (12)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

This has to be a condo or townhome thing, correct? I cannot imagine anyone having a restriction for a single fam

Jul 16, 2015 11:07 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

David Shamansky In single family too, more than you know.

Jul 16, 2015 11:09 AM
David Barr
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Sarasota, FL

Elyse Berman your blog touches on a very important and often overlooked issue for our customers.  I have a landing page for "pet friendly condos" with active listings, which is the 2nd most visited page.

Jul 16, 2015 11:38 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor  Great post  I just posted about a pet friendly condo community . People just assume their dog is welcome . My sister had a very difficult time finding a condo in Florida that allowed her dog . The dog  was part of the family and there was no way she was buying a condo where she was not welcomed .

Jul 16, 2015 12:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse you are preaching to the Choir here, loved your post and from one Pet Friendly Realtor to another, keep educating and some will get it:), Endre

Jul 16, 2015 04:20 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Elyse. A majot thing to those of us who family members with four legs. You are smart to focus on this. I hope life is treating you well.

Jul 16, 2015 10:45 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Elyse...nothing is worse then breaking the news to a buyer that the pet friendly home they want is not going to be friendly to their pet :(

Jul 16, 2015 11:07 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

When your looking for a pet friendly community in Boca Raton Florida . . . . Contact Elyse Berman for professional service.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 17, 2015 04:33 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Pet friendly rentals can be hard to find in many towns.  Many landlords have learned the hard way and many innocent renters pay the price for those who have abused homes in the past.

In our area buying is the only option for many and so far there are no rules prohibiting pets in any communities as long as you own the home.

Great resource you have provided here Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor !

Jul 17, 2015 03:20 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Love your pet friendly posts. I am now using that term in my condos that allow our furry friends. Most do not.

Jul 18, 2015 10:38 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

David Barr Yes, it is often overlooked.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hannah Williams I totally agree with your sister.  I would have done the same thing.  If my dogs aren't welcome, then I'm not going.  What can I say?  They're part of the family.  Good you have pet-friendly condos in Philly.

Endre Barath, Jr. I know!  It's my passion.

Sheila Anderson You understand.  I hope you enjoyed your vacation and life is treating you well too.

Jul 24, 2015 10:57 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 I know but it's better to know before they see it, not after.  You wouldn't believe some of the stories I hear.

Lou Ludwig Thank you kindly.

Bob Crane I think rentals are an individual situation.  Many renters will take care of the property as if were their own; others will not.  We have a lot of gated communities here and they all have different rules and regulations regarding pets.  You're lucky where you are that if you own a home, you can have your pet.

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Thank you.  Same here; most condos are not pet friendly.  It's good to know which ones are for those of us who love our pets.


Jul 24, 2015 11:01 AM