Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

This week's featured pet on Animals of the MLS is ready for their close up! Posed and poised our four-legged friend is ready to ham it up for the cameras! You can't help but smile when you see such a happy creature enjoying the special attention they are getting at this moment. This dog appears as if they might very well have Hollywood aspirations and this is their one shot at the big time! National exposure on a major website and they didn't even have to pay for fancy, expensive modeling agency representation! They certainly took this opportunity to be front and center to showcase their lovable, calm, and cool demeanor. 

I can just bet that this pooch followed the real estate agent around the entire house trying to sneak in to every possible picture. I'm sure they tried to convince the photographer to capture their likeness from several different angles to ensure a wide variety of shots that may impress potential talent scouts. Perhaps trying to get a picture by the fireplace to show a studious side, or maybe an outdoor picture chasing a ball in the yard for a more action packed photograph. Even friendly looking family pets like this, although at first glance would appear to be docile and welcoming can still be a turn off to some buyers that have a fear of dogs or pet allergies. There are many buyers who are uneasy around animals even if domesticated so removing the pet from the home if at all possible is preferred for any showings. 

As for the picture of the room it's very confusing what the agent was trying to highlight except for the dog. There's simply nothing else to view. What part of the house is this room located? How big is it? Are there any upgraded lights, fans, or fixtures? Are there any windows that can be opened to let in natural light during the day? Besides the worn out wood-laminate flooring you can't tell anything else about home from viewing this photograph. Unless the agent was specifically trying to point out to potential buyers that there was an animal present at the property, there's no other reason why this picture should have been added to the listing.   

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I never understand why agents post pics of homes with animals in them.  Sometimes it is difficult to shoot around them, but this guy is front and center.

Oct 31, 2015 04:42 AM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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What the hell was this agent thinking?  Oh, never mind, they weren't!

Oct 31, 2015 04:51 AM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nicole it is obvious this Listing Agent feels the pooch is one of highly desirable selling features of the house ..... LOL

Oct 31, 2015 05:49 AM #3
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I figured it out, the dog has his Halloween costume on. Look at his devil ears.  :-)   lol

Oct 31, 2015 06:18 AM #4
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Perhaps they're trying to publicize their stellar burglar alarm??

Oct 31, 2015 06:46 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The dog is attractive, and the room? not so?  Dog Staging?  LOL A

Oct 31, 2015 07:29 AM #6
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I really like this series Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert just have to always wonder what they were thinking ....

Happy Halloween!


Oct 31, 2015 09:52 AM #7
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sometimes I think the agent just snaps an animal photo and then doesn't even look at what they upload.  Good grief charlie brown.

Oct 31, 2015 01:57 PM #8
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

oh, lovely laminate floor, right?

Oct 31, 2015 02:10 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Nicole.  Just a camera hound I take it.  

Oct 31, 2015 08:40 PM #10
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Nicole,

Well if you look closely he does blend into the woodwork!

Make yourself a great day.

Oct 31, 2015 10:09 PM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Nicole -- it looks as this photo is advertising the dog -- a real head scratching moment if you ask me.  

Nov 01, 2015 12:20 AM #12
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - I can't imagine the thinking, or lack of it, that went into selecting this picture for inclusion, and I wonder what the seller thought. The dog seems nice, though.

Nov 01, 2015 01:40 AM #13
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Belinda - He's the only thing you can focus on in the entire picture.

Roger - It's one thing to take the picture. It's another thing altogether to actually load it in to the listing. 

George - I hope that dog helped sell the home because the picture didn't.

Tammy - How funny! It does look like that doesn't it?

W & J - I'm guessing the picture of the dog kept away burglars and buyers. 

Alexandra - Dog staging is the hot new trend in real estate! Haven't you heard?


Nov 01, 2015 08:51 AM #14
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Rob - Hey Rob! I hope you enjoyed the holiday festivities!

Tammy - That is possible. But you'd think they would have gone back and reviewed the photos before publishing the listing if that had been the case. 

Claude - It's the old style of laminate too. Not even the up-to-date version.

James - Nice! Pun intended!

Raymond - He certainly goes with the decor.

Michael - There's nothing else to look at besides the animal so you've got to assume that's what they were highlighting. 

Dick - Did the seller even see the listing? Maybe not. I have some sellers that don't ask to see the listing but I always send it to the anyways. 

Nov 01, 2015 08:55 AM #15
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Well, the dog matches the flooring, he almost blends in!  

Nov 02, 2015 10:19 AM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nicole - all I can say regarding that picture is, "Doe's the dog bone with the house?"

Nov 02, 2015 11:24 AM #17
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