Will the Neighbors Dogs Prevent the Sale of Your House?

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Barking dogs might deter burglars, but they can also discourage buyers when your home is for sale. An otherwise desirable property might be rejected because the buyer doesn't want to hear Brutus and Fido barking each time they walk outside.

While showing homes this particular day, I arrived before the clients and went to unlock the door. Immediately the neighbors dogs in the fenced yard went berserk, barking at my presence.

A few minutes later, the buyers arrived. Three Boxers in unison began to bark incessantly while my clients stopped and stared (at the dogs).

The tour of the home went well and the buyers were very interested. We stepped out Broken fencefront to look at the exterior, just as a dog walker came down the cul-de-sac. In a bizarre twist of fate, one of the Boxers BROKE THROUGH the wooden privacy fence and CHASED the dog walker down the street. My dreams of selling this home vanished.

The Boxer raced to greet the leashed dog while the frightened owner hurried away from the charging dog. A terrifying few seconds later, we realized the dog was friendly.  Despite the dog's good nature, the buyers were concerned about purchasing a home next door to Brutus and his brothers. They passed on the house.

Outside influences can affect the sale of your home and ultimately your bottom line. As the seller, you control the cosmetic appearance of your home. Curb appeal, condition, and routine maintenance will make your home attractive to buyers. But you cannot change the location of your property and its surroundings. 

A neighbor who doesn't mow his yard can adversely affect the sale of your property. Dogs who escape their fencing can also be a deterrent. Try to resolve any issues with your neighbors amicably. No-one expected the fence to give way, but it did, as evidenced in the photo above.


If fences make good neighbors, perhaps the neighbor should build a better fence.


If you're thinking of selling your Rankin or Madison County home and want a no-obligation market analysis for your property, you can reach me at 601-278-4513 or by email at starnpat@gmail.com.




Comments (11)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Good post Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty . Sellers need to be made aware of why their home may not receive the offer they expect even when the problem is out of their control.

Oct 12, 2018 08:02 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thanks Bob "RealMan" Timm . The owners are aware of the situation and the fence has been repaired. I think the dogs were feeling neglected. They had probably been outside all day.

Oct 12, 2018 08:39 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Pat. This is terrific and makes a good point. When my neighbors home was for sale (it had become an estate after the owner who lived elsewhere passed) the 1st buyers had kids who taunted my dogs. Did my dogs bark, yes, but then were quiet until the kids threw things and chanted at them endlessly. I would have moved had the sale gone through, but luckily it fell and the new buyers had dogs.

Oct 12, 2018 10:54 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Pat, we had the same issue with a listing years ago.  The neighbors dogs were less than friendly and the seller kept trying to calling the showing agents to let them know the dogs next door were okay.  We did eventually sell the home, but it would have been much easier without the neighbor's dogs.

Oct 12, 2018 11:18 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

It can make for awkwardness with neighbors. There were no children involved with the situation I mentioned, but of course dogs will bark if teased. Lucky you didn't have to move! Sheila Anderson 

Oct 12, 2018 11:20 AM
Sheila Anderson

No question about it Pat. I got lucky and my neighbors dogs are the barkers but I'm OK. Your central point is absolutely right though.

Oct 12, 2018 11:41 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

There is something to be said for "peaceful enjoyment". Liz and Bill Spear 

Oct 12, 2018 12:07 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Pat - oh yes, the last statement is very true.  Build a bigger fence.

Oct 12, 2018 01:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat if the dog was constantly barking while I was viewing a home I was thinking of buying, I would probably move on to the next property on the list.

Oct 12, 2018 04:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have seen instances where misbehaving dogs on neighboring properties have kept homes from selling.

Oct 12, 2018 06:28 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Pat,
I have a friend who recently sold her home and the neighbors dogs were a definite deterrent.  It took longer than it should have because of the dogs chasing buyers away... figuratively speaking, of course. 

Oct 13, 2018 10:04 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

And maybe a bark collar Grant Schneider 

Most people would move on, which is unfortunate George Souto 

It can be a sensitive topic Myrl Jeffcoat when dogs behave badly. Buyers might miss out on an otherwise great property, but choose quiet enjoyment instead.

Oct 15, 2018 06:39 AM