Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

It might take you a minute to find the pet featured in this week's edition of Animals of the MLS. Is he a peeping Tom or is he a curious George? In either case, this doggy desperately wants to be a part of the action going on inside of his domain. Clearly of the Basset Hound variety he lacks the limbs to elevate his view enough to get a clearer idea of what this agent is doing snapping photos around his property. All he can do is sit and ponder the reasons why he has been assigned to the backyard instead of being able to sniff out this photographers reasons for being there. 

If the yard is as empty as this home is I feel a bit sorry for our furry friend. Whether he be inside or outside it doesn't seem like there's much to entertain a pet around this place. I'm sure he takes his fair share of morning, afternoon, and evening snoozes, but what's a pooch to do when he's craving a good game of fetch or tug-o-war but there's no ball or rope?  There's always the tried and true staples of gazing through the front window and barking at passing cars, mailmen or neighborhood cats, as well as chasing your tail. Both of those activities could suffice and pass the time if there's no other form of play available. 

As for the picture itself, it's not as egregious as others I've featured in this series. Overall, the lighting is good and it showcases the kitchen and dining area well. However, one major flaw I see is the ceiling damage by the air conditioning intake. Whether that be water damage from a leaking shower, toilet, or sink directly above the kitchen or if it was caused by something else, the fact remains no buyer wants to walk in to a home and immediately see what could turn out to be a major concern. Perhaps as an agent of more than 18 years I'm conditioned to see these issues when they present themselves in photos but it's a pretty obvious problem that sticks out like a sore thumb against that stark white ceiling. This might be a difficult conversation to have with a homeowner, but in my opinion, this damage should have been repaired before placing this home on the market. You only get one chance to make a first impression on buyers viewing your property. Don't let that impression be of a damaged, worn-down, and un-cared for home. 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

He's pretty cute peeking in that door...however, while I agree the photo isn't as bad as some others you've showcased, it sure doesn't inspire. The intake vent looks dirty too, in addition to the ceiling stain. Devils in the details, right Nicole?

May 28, 2016 02:16 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nicole, really did have to look to find the pet, but definitely wanted to be inside to enjoy the company! 

May 28, 2016 02:16 AM #3
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I think maybe their beloved pet was paying more attention than the person taking the photos Nicole. The kitty cat wanting to get in is patiently waiting.

May 28, 2016 02:55 AM #4
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Can't the dog play with the chicken and the cat that are on top of the cabinets above the range?

May 28, 2016 02:55 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It makes me sad for the little dog theat was left behind rather than inspires me Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

May 28, 2016 02:58 AM #6
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nicole, at least the listing agent didn't zap out the ceiling damage with some photo editing program!  But you are right.  It should have been repaird.

May 28, 2016 03:16 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sad, state of affairs in your marketplace...A

May 28, 2016 03:24 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your photograph. It shows the ceiling damage better than the cute dog.

May 28, 2016 04:00 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nicole if that were my pet he/she would obviously be a curious George :) :) :)

May 28, 2016 06:20 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Poor little guy. There's plenty of staging advice I would give these sellers. The ceiling issue is a big deal. Can't believe the actually featured it on mls!

May 28, 2016 07:52 AM #11
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - Good eye. I spotted the small furry beast but missed the ceiling, although I'm sure my buyers would not have.

May 28, 2016 08:30 AM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Once you see it, you can't not see it.  At least the agent didn't edit the stain out of the photo and left it in.  Still, repairing it would have been best.

May 28, 2016 08:33 AM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

The little doggie looks so lost and confused. I hope the house gets sold and it's filled with a family who loves people and animals. 

May 28, 2016 10:38 AM #14
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

What a sad little face peering in the door - I hope someone was there to give him a snuggle! 

May 28, 2016 12:18 PM #15
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ,  Your furry friend sure doesn't look very happy.  Maybe he realizes that he is going to have to move away from all of his neighborly friends.

May 28, 2016 12:25 PM #16
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


I can hear the puppy saying . . .  . Let me in.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 28, 2016 01:04 PM #17
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Nicole -- while I eventually found the puppy in the window, I first saw what looks like a chicken(or is it a rooster?) on top of the cabinets.   

May 29, 2016 01:47 AM #18
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Nicole, the ceiling popped out to me first and then I located the little pup. I agree, repairs should have happened before these photos were taken.

May 29, 2016 10:57 PM #19
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, I see the water damage as well (and can see that cute little pooch in the doorway). Thanks for sharing! 


May 29, 2016 11:22 PM #20
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I always study the photo first and then read what you had to say about it.  I found the pup right away.  That's what mine do if I'm inside and they are outside.  My puppies are people puppies, they want to be where their people are, outside when we grill or work in the yard, but we're inside they sit at the door like... hey you, open the door for us, we can't.

And yes, they need to repair the leak if they haven't and pain the ceiling.  Good grief and while the photo is okay, not a great angle to really show anything but the leaks and puppy who wants in

May 31, 2016 04:43 AM #21
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