Animals of the MLS

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

This week's edition of Animals of the MLS features a lazy tabby who doesn't care what is going on around them as long as their favorite lounging spot is available. There's no way this kitty was going to move for anything other than feeding time and possible to rub up against some legs while purring the day away. This feline is showing the photographer/agent that this is their territory and they won't be easily whisked away. 

There are generally two kinds of cats when entering a property to show prospective home buyers. The first variety will greet you at the door and give you a guided tour of the entire residence room by room. The second kind will run away as fast as they can as soon as they hear the key being inserted in to the lock. They'll be hidden away until everyone has left, or perhaps be scared out of their hiding spot only to startle an unsuspecting home shopper. As an agent, knowing a cat is going to be present in the home can make you a little nervous as they have a tendency to try and escape out of the home more often than dogs. Extra vigilance is needed to guard exits. 

As for the picture of the living area itself, there aren't many redeeming qualities in which to speak. First off, the pattern on the couch is so busy it distracts from what little positives there are in this room. Secondly, and still having to do with the couch, it's the only decorative design piece in the entire picture. This home is in serious need of professional staging. The area itself doesn't appear to be very large to small, functional furniture should have been used to showcase this space as well as some colorful but neutral wall art.  

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ,

I agree with you totally..this home needs some serious staging and loose that couch. It's always hard when sellers can't or won't remove pets for a least the first week or so of showings. In out area the house should go under contract within that time frame so best to have them gone.

Oct 01, 2016 12:32 AM #1
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the morning Nicole.  Been a while since I have caught up to say hello.  Trust you are doing well and taking names.    Yes the couch almost seems to have been thrown in the room as an afterthought.  Mark

Oct 01, 2016 01:41 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Cat or no cat (and I adore them), there is nothing in this picture that says to me "come see me, come see me."

Oct 01, 2016 01:42 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Nicole,

The Queen or King is on the thrown and just does not care!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 01, 2016 02:51 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Nicole-My kitty would be under the bed for sure. Other than that busy couch there have been worse MLS pics.

Oct 01, 2016 03:19 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That is one majestic looking kitty.  As for the sofa, a slip cover at a minimum would have been in order.

Oct 01, 2016 03:30 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I must admit that this picture of a cat laying on the back of the couch does not offend me. What offends me is when you see them on the kitchen counter tops 

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Oct 01, 2016 05:59 AM #7
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Nicole - Once again, the animal is the star of the show, eclipsing the home. Our cat Sheldon is definitely the first type you mentioned, on steroids - he loves visitors and won't leave them alone, and about the only way he'd think about escaping is if he were alone and bored.

Oct 01, 2016 08:39 AM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That cat looks like it is holding court, and isn't uncomfortable at all, with who ever is taking the pictures!

Oct 01, 2016 10:38 AM #9
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi Nicole, you are truly correct here. This property could be show off in such a better way if they put just a little more effort into it.

Oct 01, 2016 11:24 AM #10
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That is definitely the cat's room.

It can be interesting when I am not notified there will be a cat in a showing, and one is just sitting in a room staring at me. Whoa, buddy, where did you come from?

Oct 03, 2016 09:07 PM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Nicole

I agree with the others, dump the couch and your post has been featured to the group:


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Oct 04, 2016 12:45 PM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Nicole -- that cat certainly appears to be resting royally.  He/she needs to leave as well as placing a slipcover on the re-positioned sofa.  

Oct 05, 2016 01:28 AM #13
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Spot on as usual, that couch needs to be moved, but I'm sure the cat might disagree with me

Oct 07, 2016 08:53 AM #14
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