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Barbara Todaro - Jeff Dowler, CRS - Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - Matthew Klinowski, PA and I were all mentioned in an article that popped up on my GMAIL notification account today whenever someone uses my name. The article was in the Herold-Tribune written by Lew Sichelman titled: "Consider Canine Companion When Selecting a House."


I was never contacted or asked to use my name and I am wondering if Barbara, Jeff, Rebecca, or Matthew were contacted? I don't know Lew Sichelman at all but when I did a GOOGLE, his name came up by an article written by a former member on ActiveRain who wrote and published an article here on ActiveRain by the name of John Handschuh on 5/23/2012. Whether or not John is still involved in ActiveRain, I don't know. John Handschuh's article has nothing to do with Canine Companions, what he posted on AR back in 2012, but he did reference Lew Sichelman. See link below for "New Consumer Protection agency Promoting Transparency." I copied and pasted part of John's AR post:



Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Action Realty PARE # RS208307
May 23, 2012 09:12 PM



For the last 6 months we have been following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They are charged with cleaning up policies and procedures when consumers borrow money or otherwise engage financial services companies. The Bureau just announce new crackdowns on Mortgage originators and servicers. HomeActions' guest Editor Lew Sichelman is covering the new protections. 

NOTE: If you are currently having a problem with your mortgage company or the company servicing your loan, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to hear from you. Also, help is not limited to just mortgages, but credit cards, insurance  and student loans. Get some help HERE.


Consumer bureau to propose new rules for mortgage servicers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering rules aimed at two issues - the lack of transparency and the lack of accountability.

By Lew Sichelman

Anyone who has ever fought with a lender over a lost or misapplied house payment should be heartened by the latest news from the new federal mortgage industry watchdog.


Has anyone else on ActiveRain noticed anything like this before? If for any reason, my link about Canine Companions doesn't open, or you prefer not to click on the link, I copied and pasted that article written on 2/16/19:

LEW SICHELMAN: Consider canine companions when selecting a house

Dogs may be man’s best friend. But when it comes to moving from one residence to another, you have to be your dog’s best buddy — and your own.

In other words, you should consider Fido’s needs just as you consider yours and those of your children’s. After all, he or she is part of the family. And to paraphrase an old saw, if your dog ain’t happy, ain’t nobody gonna be happy.

“Having a pet is a responsibility similar to having children,” Barbara Todaro of Franklin, Massachusetts, RE/MAX Executive Realty posted the other day on ActiveRain, the popular real estate community and chat room. “They all have needs.”

Jeff Dowler of Solutions Real Estate in Carlsbad, California, agrees: “Doing your (doggie) due diligence is essential so you don’t make a big mistake.”

One important factor many people fail to consider, especially when they are buying an existing home as opposed to new construction, is whether the previous owners had a dog of their own. If they did, your dog will probably be marking their own territory as soon as you move in.

According to the Best Friends Animal Society, claiming the house as their own is most common among dogs that are not spayed or neutered. But any dog has the potential to mark territory. And a sniff test isn’t enough of an assurance that this won’t happen, says Rebecca Gaujot of Vision Quest Realty in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

“Your dog’s sense of smell is much stronger than yours,” says Gaujot, who started the ActiveRain conversation on canine issues. Her advice: “If possible, avoid homes where the previous owners had dogs.”

You’ll not only want a dog-friendly house, you’ll also want a dog-friendly community where animals are cherished, not downgraded or even denigrated.

For starters, realize that many places, but especially condominium properties, have restrictions on dogs and other pets. Some are severe, such as weight and breed. Some limit the number of pets. And some may even ban them entirely.

If you don’t know the rules going in, you may have to get rid of your pets, or pick up and move somewhere else. “When a family has pets, it’s best to think about their needs, too, before the move, than to find out the hard way that there may be issues,” says agent Patricia Feager of DFW Fine Properties in Southlake, Texas.

If your dog requires room to run, consider a community with large lots and houses with plenty of backyard. Or a spot that has a dog park or recreation area not too far from the house you are planning to buy.

But again, make sure you know the rules, especially if you plan to erect a fence so your dog can enjoy your yard without supervision. Some communities set down requirements for the type of fence you can put up, and some ban them entirely.

If you plan to walk your dog daily, you might want to look at places that have sidewalks. They are easier to navigate for humans, especially older folk. Agent Matthew Klinowski of Downing-Frye in Naples, Florida, ran into that problem himself at his previous house. There were no sidewalks, but the Klinowski clan didn’t realize how important they were until after they moved in. “I prefer to walk our dogs on sidewalks whenever possible,” the Florida agent says.

Another thing to consider: Many places require owners to pick up after their pooches. Of course, this is the right thing to do wherever you live, but many communities mandate it. And if the property doesn’t, the local government might.

And one more thing: Whereas a neighborhood where people are out walking their dogs morning and night can be an indication that it is a good place for a social pup to make friends, a place where tethered but otherwise unattended dogs are barking continuously at people passing by “might not be the most pleasant place for walks,” Gaujot offers.

Back inside the house itself, Gaujot suggests looking for open floor plans so you and the kids can enjoy play sessions with Fido. If the house has a stairway, say, to a basement rec room or to the upstairs sleeping area, make sure the steps are carpeted so your dog — and kids — won’t slip, slide away.

If your pooch is getting up in age, you might want to consider houses that have just a few steps — or none at all. As my own 40-pound pal moved up in years, I had to carry him with me every time I went to my basement office. Otherwise, he’d sit at the top of the steps and whimper until I went back and fetched him.

Lew Sichelman has been covering real estate for more than 50 years. He is a regular contributor to numerous shelter magazines and housing and housing-finance industry publications. Readers can contact him at


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

OMG.... Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I remember stating that comment in a post.... and no, I was not contacted.... he put what I said in quotes.... and stated that I said it though!!

Feb 16, 2019 02:32 PM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Barbara Todaro - It's times like this I wish we could consult with Lenn Harley! 

I am not a happy canine camper at all! I hope Jeff Dowler, CRS and Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® respond to this article! It seems very strange that someone who has been publishing articles for the past 50 years covering real estate and financing would do this! 

Feb 16, 2019 02:50 PM #2
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Uh Oh, You never know when your name is being used Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP WHat I didn't know was you can have Goggle notify you when your name is used


Feb 16, 2019 03:31 PM #3
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - You can set up a Google Alert anytime someone uses your name. I also set up an alert anytime there is a crime in my area. OR click on the link below:



Feb 16, 2019 03:34 PM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia he did a great job on the article, and it is always nice to be recognized, but it is also nice to ask us for our permission first. 

Feb 16, 2019 03:43 PM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - Thank you. I would have liked to give my permission. Flattery or fortunate? That is the question. 

Feb 16, 2019 04:16 PM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Well, at least he gave you credit. I get your point though, it's always nice to ask first...

Feb 16, 2019 04:26 PM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - True! I guess he must be reading ActiveRain a lot!


Feb 16, 2019 04:28 PM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I Love it Patricia  to hear about this ans getting to hear about you all.  Good Job!

Feb 16, 2019 05:18 PM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Awe! Thank you, Will Hamm!!! 

Feb 16, 2019 05:22 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yikes, Patricia. I had no clue, and NO he did not ask permission to quote me. I have no idea where that comment came from...but my memory may be bad given all the posts I have written...and it appears to have been taken out of context.

I have been interviewed for a number of articles over the years and enjoy talking with the media. But this is rather odd!


Feb 16, 2019 06:33 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia, I do not see  the big deal, I wish he would have been quoted  since I market myself and most people know me that I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I am confident Elyse Berman, PA  would have loved being quoted there is an old saying there is no such thing as bad publicity...Endre

Feb 16, 2019 06:43 PM #12
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There ae some great points and I need to go back and read this once more

Feb 16, 2019 07:01 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I agree, it definitely would have been nice to have been asked, Patricia. Thankfully though, no one said anything that could be taken negatively...and your names were published as a bonus! 

Feb 16, 2019 08:58 PM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Patricia, This is the first time I've heard about the article and never gave permission. Yes, it's nice to be quoted, but would have liked a call or email about using some of my article. Good to know he reads Active rain posts. Many people read AR posts and I wonder how many have used information here and never asked permission to use it.  

Feb 16, 2019 09:00 PM #15
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, thank you for tagging me on this post! I too remember making the statement in a post, I did not authorize the use of the quote in the article either.  While I appreciate being mentioned, the author should have obtained permission first.

Feb 17, 2019 04:40 AM #16
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think he shoud do a feature on Tango and Trey, haha.  I think it is nice that he quoted all of you, but agree that he should have asked permission.  I don't think I would be upset at all to be quoted, as long as it weren't something negative towards me.  Thanks for the tip on the notifications, I am going to set that up now.  Will it to an initial crawl and reveal where our names have been mentioned in the past?

Feb 17, 2019 06:23 AM #17
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Patricia. This is odd. Accurate or not I believe you should have been asked.

Feb 17, 2019 08:27 AM #18
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I think if you are quoted and what he says is accurate quote generally copywrite does not apply to small pieces of a larger article. It does give you some good publicity and he probably thinks the same. Hope you get some calls from doggie lovers who will trust you to guide them as they look for new homes.

Feb 17, 2019 09:20 AM #19
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

A few times I've received a text message from some outdoor publication saying they included a blog of mine in their daily online publication, and I sort of felt the same - shouldn't they ask? But that was followed-up by an immediate, "well, that's pretty cool" and the "that's cool" won out!  I do think if you will be quoted in an article, they should ask first. Or at a minimum indicate where the information came from. At the same time, it is a compliment!

Feb 24, 2019 02:58 AM #20
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