Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

We have a curious kitty in this weeks edition of Animals of the MLS. This tabby just couldn't help but check out all the action around the agent snapping photos of their home. I bet they especially wanted to keep an eye out to make sure their cat house in the corner was not messed with by this picture taking stranger. I imagine many a lazy afternoon is spent perched high above the floor sleeping the day away in their specially made kitty clubhouse. It's also situated right by a window so our four-legged friend can keep an eye out on the neighborhood and make sure no strange dogs or squirrels get in to their yard.  

I've said it before that there are two types of cats when you are showing a home. There are the ones who will immediately run up to you and start begging for attention by rubbing against your legs and meowing until they convince someone to pet them. Then you have the kind who will be hidden away out of sight either behind a couch or under a bed. You'll never know they are there unless they get startled and suddenly run away nearly giving you or your clients a small heart attack. I get the impression that this featured feline loves attention and would follow you from room to room giving you a personal tour of the home.  

The actual picture itself isn't as bad as some I've seen on the MLS but it could have been a little better. I like that the windows are open providing a lot of natural light to the area. This gives the room a more spacious feel. The homeowners did clean and straighten up the furniture so it appears organized and inviting. The one aspect that I think was missed was all the extra clutter. There's multiple lamps and end tables. This could have been reduced down to one. The entertainment center is massive for this small space and is filled with unnecessary decorations. Getting rid of the bulky desk and shelving unit and rearranging the chairs to make this room into more of a reading or sitting area would have been a better way to sell this space in my opinion. 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Clearly this was not a professional job.  Just looking at the windows is a giveaway!  I think the cat is the best thing about the cluttered room and she/he is smart enough to be on the other side of the wall. LOL A

Mar 19, 2016 05:27 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Not impressed. Not the worst but certainly not staged for success! I would never have known that was a playhouse for the cat!

Mar 19, 2016 06:10 AM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

When you look at a photo and think, what is that piece of furniture it probably shouldn't be there.  Cute cat and I am sure you right.  Tuxedo cats are by far the most loving and friendly.

Mar 19, 2016 06:56 AM #7
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - You're right about the two kinds of cats, and neither should be around for MLS photos or showings.

Mar 19, 2016 07:02 AM #8
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

In my area we see more horses and cows in photo's than the dogs and cats

Mar 19, 2016 07:10 AM #9
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good Afternoon Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert . As we all know, curiosity killed the deal.

Mar 19, 2016 07:20 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

As a cat lover, somehow I never mind seeing a kitty in a picture if it's not obtrusive. A well-placed kittie condo doesn't bother me either so long as it's not a focal point in a room. (But I know I'm not everyone and many people don't like or are afraid of cats.)

Mar 19, 2016 08:29 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nicole I wonder why the Realtor wanted the cat in the picture, because if he/she didn't they could have very easily cropped him out.

Mar 19, 2016 09:39 AM #12
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Yes, good advice to optimize the space and the picture.  It would have been so easy to crop the cat out.  It makes you wonder about the logic.

Mar 19, 2016 10:25 AM #13
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Nicole.  Oh boy they let the cat out of the bag.

Mar 19, 2016 09:18 PM #14
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nicole, what a cute kitty!    I have found many are sound asleep on the bed all curled up, and not interested in any attention.   

Mar 19, 2016 11:32 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your observations and for the photograph.

I do not like the cats that run out of the door as soon as it is opened.

Mar 20, 2016 02:47 AM #16
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Definitely not the worst picture we have ever seen in this feature.  And why the agent didn't crop the photo to leave the kitty out of it is beyond me.

Mar 20, 2016 03:34 AM #17
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Nicole, it took me a bit to find the kitty this time. Definitely not the worst photo but, a quick crop would have done wonders to make it better.

Mar 20, 2016 11:25 PM #18
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Raymond - They appear to be on their best behavior.

Michael - The room is small enough. The furniture condenses the space even more.

Bob - The cat could have been cropped in a few seconds but wasn't for whatever reason.

Jeff - I agree. This picture was not worth posting.

Alexandra - The homeowners cleaned and organized the space but it still doesn't show the room's true potential.

Sharon - Not the best but not the worst. That's a very accurate statement. 

Tammy - It's an entertainment center/desk/bookshelf/eye sore. It's way too huge for that little room.


Mar 21, 2016 12:48 AM #19
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Dick - You can easily shoo either one away at least for a moment to take a picture.

William - I come across those every now and again as well. We still have a good amount of horse property around my area.

Michael - Here's hoping it didn't kill it for these homeowners. 

Nina - The kitty condo blends in pretty well and so does the cat in this picture.

George - It could have easily been cropped but wasn't. Maybe they wanted to show people this home had an animal? Who knows. 

Debbie - Maybe it was laziness or maybe the agent just didn't notice? 

Conrad - Let's hope they didn't let it out of the house!


Mar 21, 2016 12:52 AM #20
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Joan - I've shown some homes where the cat was curled up asleep and didn't move a muscle the entire time we were in the home. 

Roy - No one likes to go on a cat chase when they're trying to show a home.

Chris Ann - This space just needed a few adjustments aside from cropping the kitty.

Amanda - If a little more time were taken by the homeowner and agent this space could have been highlighted much better. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:55 AM #21
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Nicole, how in the world do you spy out all these pesky critters.  I believe I may have to start taking a dective eye to my mls pics.  mark

Mar 22, 2016 04:20 AM #22
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Another top notch subject and blog Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Mar 25, 2016 03:30 PM #23
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
29 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Rather than kitty cropping, he or she could have just kindly asked kitty to relocate before the photo.

Apr 25, 2016 04:11 PM #24
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