Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

We've got a blurry basset hound in this week's Animals of the MLS. This old fella looks like it was a chore just to walk all the way in to this room so that the could sniff out this stranger. The gray snout would indicate this seniors best days could be behind him but instincts still run strong and he wasn't about to let this agent go without a thorough investigation. Basset hounds are friendly, easy going dogs that get along well with other animals and children. In spite of it's short stature, however, these canines can weigh up to 80 lbs and deliver a boisterous bark which can be intimidating to potential buyers viewing a home. 

Although almost universally known as likable and sociable, a basset hound is a great example of why a homeowner should consider completely removing their pet during showings. Even if our companion was kenneled but allowed to remain in the home there's no doubt his excitement would get the better of him when buyers entered his home and they'd be greeted with a chorus of booming woof's which could intimidate a potential home shopper to the degree they might not even feel comfortable touring the property. Sellers should do everything they possibly can to make their home a comfortable and inviting atmosphere setting the mood for a positive showing experience. 

As for the picture itself, it's blurry and dingy. In spite of the blinds being open this room is still cave-like and dimly lit. The dark furniture and tile certainly don't help in lightening up this space but the first improvement I would have made would have been to eliminate the small forest growing in the corner. Not only does that plant overpower the room but it blocks a lot of the natural sunlight attempting to enter in through the open windows. When it comes to clutter, I've seen worse. However, a few items in this space could have been stored away to allow this room to breathe just a little more. Using a wide angle lens also would have shown this room's size much better. As it stands, a potential on-line home shopper doesn't get the full scope of this space based upon this photo. 

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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Very unprofessional photo Nicole. Not at all a help in selling this property.

Apr 23, 2016 05:55 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


blurry bassett in a blurry brown room..  You have no competition among the cheap ones as Nina Hollander pointed out...A

Apr 23, 2016 05:57 AM #12
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Animals can in fact be intimidating during showings and it's probably stressful for the creatures as well to have strangers in their domain.

Apr 23, 2016 08:11 AM #13
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - The recurring theme with these photos is that the animals are almost always more interesting than the room - too bad they're both blurry in this one.

Apr 23, 2016 08:33 AM #14
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Nicole-Got to wonder how they expect to sell this home with that pic as a selection. Awful pic

Apr 23, 2016 09:04 AM #15
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nicole, this picture is so bad, that the dog is about the only interesting thing about it :)

Apr 23, 2016 09:23 AM #16
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Nicole ...

Cute looking dog and your post has been featured to the group:


Apr 24, 2016 02:35 AM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Blurry brown all around ...the room...the dog...yicks !

Apr 24, 2016 10:09 PM #18
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Nicole, wow this one is pretty bad. Haven't seen a photo that dark in a long time. It's definitely not going to help sell the home. Poor pooch looks like he's not sure what's going on.

Apr 24, 2016 10:25 PM #19
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Mickey - The majority of homeowners in my area have pets so I encounter a lot.

Kathleen - It does seem like the pets each week are just left to fend for themselves. 

Michael - It's not going to win any awards any time soon. 

Raymond - He's the perfect sofa consultant!

Roger - Tahiti was great and now I'll be able to do all my laundry from vacation in style!

Grant - It does look like well used space. 

S & N - More and more of them are but you still have some that take these. 


Apr 25, 2016 12:33 AM #20
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Liz - What Nina said. 

Nina - The jungle in the corner cuts off any light that's actually trying to enter the room.

Noah - I don't think many people got excited about seeing this property based on the photos. 

Alexandra - It's pretty easy to distinguish the good agents vs the bad.

Olga - It's usually not beneficial for anyone to have animals in the home during showings.

Dick - The pets are usually the high point of the photos which isn't saying much.

Sharon - They're hoping for a hot market and low inventory.

George - You've got that right.

VB - Thanks VB! I appreciate the feature!

S & D - Blurry and brown aren't usually adjectives that sell a home. 

Amanda - I don't think he knows what's happening other than there's a stranger in the house and his curiosity instincts kicked in. 

Apr 25, 2016 12:40 AM #21
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs said what I thought. There is so much wrong with this photo, it's hard to know where to start. Lol. Happy Monday Nicole.

Apr 25, 2016 01:46 AM #22
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the morning Nicole.  I am guessing just changing where the shot was taken would made a big difference in the light.  Use it rather than focus on it.  mark

Apr 25, 2016 03:25 AM #23
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have been on a few showings where the basset hound could have been the owner...looks and disposition!

Apr 25, 2016 04:56 AM #24
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Actually, to ME the only life in this room is the lovely basset hound AND the plant! The rest is like an Arizona morgue. Sorry.  

Apr 25, 2016 12:04 PM #25
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The dog has the look that asks the question . . . . "What are you doing here?"

Good luck and and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 25, 2016 01:19 PM #26
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
29 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Nicole, this is the first time I have read any of your posts and I love your sense of humor. Subscribing!

Apr 25, 2016 04:00 PM #27
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

It's almost too dark in that photo to even see the dog!

I'm surprised the person taking the picture didn't at least put on the lights.

Apr 25, 2016 08:28 PM #28
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Debb - I guess you start by hiring a professional next time. 

Mark - A different angle would have definitely helped I think.

Gary - They are sweet dogs but their bark is very powerful.

Gayle - Ha! This picture certainly was DOA!

Lou - He may look old but instincts still told him to check out the scene.

Lisa - Well I'll be subscribing in return! Thanks so much Lisa.

Kat - Those windows are big enough to let light in but there's a small rain forest growing in the corner blocking it all. 

Apr 26, 2016 12:28 AM #29
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yeah, it's so dark in there that you hardly notice the pooch.  

Apr 26, 2016 02:26 PM #30
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