Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

We've got a curious treasure hunter for this week's featured pet on Animals of the MLS. Are they trying to figure out where they buried that chew toy their owner gave them the day prior? Is that a possible mid-afternoon snack they've just happened upon? Perhaps a strange cat got in to their yard and decided to use it as a litterbox. Whatever the case may be they are on the job! They'll figure out what it is they're looking for even if it means spending the entire afternoon pacing around the backyard sniffing everything in sight which might have included the agent taking this photo!

Regardless of what has the attention of our four-legged friend one thing is for sure; They don't care about the agent taking pictures of their domain at this moment in time. Whatever they are being distracted by is certainly more important than a stranger with a camera. This appears to be a friendly pet as the agent doesn't show trepidation being in the backyard with them. However, as always, it's a good idea to remove the animal from the premises or have them kenneled for showings. There are many buyers who are uneasy around animals even if they are docile and domesticated. 

As for the backyard itself it's quite an eyesore. It doesn't appear that the homeowner made any attempt to clean, trim, or otherwise make it presentable for potential home shoppers. Backyard conditions don't necessarily make or break a deal, but if the sellers didn't take enough pride in caring for their yard, it leaves you wondering what other parts of the home were not well kept? As a seller you want to eliminate as many objections a home buyer might have to purchasing your home. Preparing your property for sale by tidying up the inside and outside will go a long way in helping achieve a quicker sale which is the ultimate goal.  

If you're selling your home in Gilbert, Arizona or the East Valley let the experts at Zion Realty help you. We take professional photos and put together a perfect marketing strategy to sell your property. Contact us at today!


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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Nicole-I really enjoy this series and one of the things it sure hightlights is how many bad MLS photo are out there and how mant have animals in them

Oct 24, 2015 08:27 AM #6
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

We see constantly the importance of quality photos on the MLS.  Apparently some did not get the memo!  Mark

Oct 24, 2015 02:01 PM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


We have ask  . . . . What were they thinking when they took the photo?

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 24, 2015 02:06 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Nicole.  My goodness get some grass planted or something.  Forget the canine take care of the yard..

Oct 24, 2015 08:52 PM #9
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Nicole.  That is an awful looking back yard.  Wheres the grass?

Oct 24, 2015 09:34 PM #10
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert It can be very difficult for a seller who works all day and has a large pet waiting at home, to have a yard 'Show-Ready'. We just have to try to discount the effect of this with clients.

Oct 25, 2015 12:14 AM #11
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

The dog is the best part of this MLS photo Nicole.....the yard is hideous.

Oct 25, 2015 12:47 AM #12
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Michael - It's crazy that I have hundreds of these types of photos saved.

Dick - I don't even want to know why it's facing the wall!

Ed - Probably a lot!

John - I hope they didn't say this was an "entertainers" backyard in the write-up. That would have been stretching it big time!

George - I bet they had multiple offers within hours of this home hitting the market!

Sharon - I have so many of these pictures saved this will be an on-going series for years to come! Unfortunately I also find new ones every week.


Oct 25, 2015 12:50 AM #13
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Mark - I feel like overall the photo game has been stepped up and hopefully it will put pressure on the agents still taking these types of pictures.

Lou - They weren't thinking. That's the problem.

James - It's an eye sore. Who would want to spend time back there.

Conrad - It's dead just like this picture.

S & N - It can be difficult but if I were their agent I would have paid a landscaper to take care of it myself. 

Roger - Truly hideous. Nothing of redeeming quality about it. 

Oct 25, 2015 12:54 AM #14
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

It's funny when agents post photos of the sellers pets in MLS. I've even seen lizards. They forget some people are afraid of even dogs. It's best to remove the pets if possible. 

Oct 25, 2015 10:38 AM #15
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Wow, not much good can be said about this shot Nicole. Makes me wonder about the professionalism of the agent.

Oct 25, 2015 12:12 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It is often very easy to see why no grass will grow in a back yard Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Oct 26, 2015 02:33 AM #17
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Carla - I've seen lizards, parrots, cats, dogs, etc. You name it!

Tom - If it makes you wonder, it must really make a potential buyer wonder. 

Paul - The dog is the only thing that's alive in that backyard. 

Oct 26, 2015 02:52 AM #18
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Nicole, dog aside ... the backyard is lifeless. Not just the dead lawn, it just does not say anything.  Plastic chairs and folding tables need to removed and replaced with something more inviting.

Oct 26, 2015 02:56 AM #19
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Kathleen - You can't tell me that a Saturday afternoon spent by the owner making the backyard presentable wasn't an option. That's when we need to have the difficult yet necessary conversations with our sellers about what is best for selling their home. 

Oct 26, 2015 03:31 AM #20
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nicole - forget the dog.  A picture of that back yard will detract from the listing.  Of course, that entire yard should be landscaped.

Oct 26, 2015 04:40 AM #21
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Grant - At the very least they could have cleaned it up. 

Oct 26, 2015 08:21 AM #22
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

LOL yeah the last thing you want is to be in the yard taking a pic then WHAM fido goes all Cujo on your a--!

Oct 26, 2015 09:27 AM #23
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This is a case where the dog may be the most attractive thing about the back yard.  The table is a wreck with the clutter and what the heck is hanging from the structure in the back right?

Oct 28, 2015 07:59 AM #24
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Nicole - I am astounded at some of the pictures that make our MLS- I agree- better left off the listing!

Oct 28, 2015 09:05 AM #25
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