Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

Have you ever gotten the feeling you were being watched? That nagging impulse that you were not alone? Perhaps there are signs of hidden camera surveillance or it's just a gut instinct you have. This week's Animals of the MLS reveals a stalker in the making. They are clearly not happy about a stranger in the home taking pictures. Usually cats will choose a hiding place somewhere dark and closed off such as under a couch or a bed, behind some curtains, in a closet, or any place they feel surrounded and secure. But on top of the kitchen cabinets? It's easy to laugh at this coiled up kitty in the picture but how in the world is an agent supposed to coax them down from there to get a good shot of the room? 

Can you imagine walking a buyer through the home and having this ninja cat jump down from it's perch scaring the daylights out of your client?! It would certainly leave a lasting impression no doubt about that! The kitchen and photo itself certainly leave a lot to be desired so having a pet in the mix is just another negative distraction. There are dishes left in the sink, and the corner of someones purse(presumably the real estate agents) is showing. There really aren't any upgrades to speak of in this kitchen. Having so many negative items going on at the same time I can easily see why potential buyers would skip right past this listing in their on-line searches. 

If the agent were somehow able to remove the pet from the room and/or the photo, clear out the dishes and other needless objects, and get the homeowners to stage a few nice kitchen towels and a few colorful wall hangings, this picture would have turned out so much better than it did. As it stands now there really is no redeeming quality about this room that you can tout to potential home shoppers. 


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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I have had clients who were extremely allergic to cats and just this picture would  have turned them off Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Aug 15, 2015 04:13 PM #22
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Nicole.  taking the high ground so they can pounce on their prey.  Don't get close...

Aug 15, 2015 07:44 PM #23
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Lou - Not if that cat had anything to do with it!

Alan - I'm sure there's a book out there somewhere!

David - I could definitely see this one swooping down and taking out an unsuspecting home buyer!

Paul - I'm extremely allergic to cats. I have to double up on allergy medication if I'm entering in to a home that I know has cats. 

James - You can take the cat out of the jungle...

Aug 16, 2015 12:33 AM #24
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

I was at an inspection one time and I was visiously attacked by a cat in the same manner.... well, my camera was attacked, he knocked it off the counter and broke it! Not a fan of his...

Aug 16, 2015 12:55 AM #25
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Fred - And clearly he was not a fan of you...or at least your camera. 

Aug 16, 2015 01:43 AM #26
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I'm a pet lover . . . . But they can hinder the sale of the property.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 16, 2015 04:54 AM #27
Mike Tizzano
Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837 - Mesa, AZ
Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender

Just the first two times.  We got video the second time. 

Aug 16, 2015 06:11 AM #28
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Yikes!  Not my thing & fortunately this has never happened to me or my clients.

Aug 16, 2015 08:59 AM #29
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I never like to see a cat on the kitchen counter. If makes me think that the house is nasty even if it isn't.

Aug 16, 2015 10:14 AM #30
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Lou - They sure can. So can bad MLS photos!

Mike - As long as you were able to preserve it on video. That's how American's do it! 

Mary - I've had cats run out from underneath furniture and scare the daylights out of me before but never one that mounted an aerial assault. 

Debbie - Animals on furniture is bad enough but on kitchen counters. Yuck!

Aug 16, 2015 11:08 AM #31
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Excellent points made on this marketing "don't do's" photo...while the cat can be photoshopped out - the other items would be more difficult. 

Aug 16, 2015 02:08 PM #32
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Nicole - There are a lot of reasons why this is just not a good photo to represent a home for sale. The cat staring down on you is just the icing on the cake.

Aug 16, 2015 02:38 PM #33
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Nicole.  The pots and pans in the sink didn't help either.

Aug 16, 2015 09:14 PM #34
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

There is no substitute for bad MLS pictures other than replace them with good ones!!!

Aug 16, 2015 09:24 PM #35
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


I wonder if the Seller has seen this photo.  


Aug 16, 2015 09:35 PM #36
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Lisa - Here's hoping the cat didn't cause problems other than being in the photo!

Troy - If I walked in to that kitchen and that cat was there I would be very startled!

Conrad - Those would have taken 30 seconds to put away.

Sham - A few tweaks and this picture could have been much better.

Brigita - If they did it wasn't taken down before I could save it!

Aug 17, 2015 12:35 AM #37
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

That looks like a very big pet door for the kitty. I wonder if there's another four-legged resident somewhere else in the house.

Aug 17, 2015 04:40 PM #38
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

John - I bet there is unless that cat is fatter than it appears!

Aug 18, 2015 12:17 AM #39
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have a feeling that the photographer had no idea kitty was crouching up there in atop those cabinets.  

Aug 20, 2015 10:39 AM #40
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh that is funny.  A cat lover would know how.  I would just take my laser and have the cat play with it.  Works like a charm.

BTW, this is what one of the cat I adoped used to do.  He was scared of the dogs in the previous household.  I really feel like I rescued him.  He is such a happy and purry cat (but still gets scared sometimes).

Aug 22, 2015 10:04 AM #41
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