Omit Pet Restrictions

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker F I Gray and Sons Residential, Inc. 261541581

You don't know why I did not show your condo this week.

My buyer does not know that your condo allows dogs/cats.  I don't know that your condo allows dogs/cats.

My buyer does not even know that I did not show your condo.  You don't know that I had a buyer and did not show your condo.

Because your listing omits Pet Restrictions.

Long time readers of this blog know that I complain about incomplete listings.

A listing agent makes one call to the Home Owners Association.  They get all the facts.  # of pets allowed.  Size.  Breed restrictions.  Lease restrictions.  Community features.   You ask all the questions, one time and fill out the listing.  There's a document filled out for every listing called the MLS Data Input Sheet.  

When a listing agent fails to include key pet restrictions.   Buyers agents don't know.  There are 60 listings for the criteria I searched for yesterday.   The ones that said... BUYER TO VERIFY.  They did not get included in the list of condos shown to my buyer.

If your listing is incomplete, or you are dealing with a Realtor that does not verify all of the information for the listing, you are doing business with an agent practicing MALPRACTICE.

Before you hire an agent, look at their listings.  If they have included BUYER TO VERIFY under any part of the listing...that agent is practicing MALPRACTICE and should not be included in the list of Realtors you are considering hiring.

(the explanations I have heard for this is the Realtor is afraid the info might be wrong and they will get sued).  Too bad.  You can be sued for anything.  Buyers need to know that 2 cats are allowed!  (the information might change, the association might go to only 1 cat).   Get the buyer in the door.  Re verify all the information in the inspection period.  If they only allow 1 cat, after previously allowing 2 cats....walk away.

I would advocate that the board of Realtors should not allow, Buyer to Verify.   But, then maybe these buyers and sellers would not need me.

BTW.  I am putting together a spread sheet of all of the condos and all of the pet restrictions.  This is real fun.  One association Heritage Lakes runs 14 communities.  Every community has its own pet restrictions.  Would have been great if the listing agent had put in the pet restrictions for their listing.

Randy Jenkins

Coldwell Banker F I Grey and Son Res   727-409-4663 (727-409-home)








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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great post, Randy. That comment "if it's important to buyer, buyer's agent needs to verify" makes me see red. Says lazy listing agent to me. Obviously, there will be things I'll verify for my buyer clients, but basic information about a property is not something a listing agent should be omitting.

Aug 13, 2019 04:40 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Carol Williams hi Carol... trust your back is better and you're feeling better. Meantime, I'm nominating this post for your Second Chance Saturday.

Aug 13, 2019 04:41 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Certainly a very important part of a listing description.

Aug 13, 2019 05:12 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Randal:

It's pretty annoying when listing agents do not provide accurate listing information. Pets are important to a lot of buyers and it's certainly one thing that is pretty easy to verify if there is an HOA. But there is always information about listings that I and my clients will verify, too!


Aug 17, 2019 07:55 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Randal Jenkins - that is an extemely important point.  Some listing agents are lazy and that hurts their clients.

Aug 17, 2019 08:08 AM #5
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

One of my most popular posts is one that shows if condos allow pets. I put the ones that do in an Excel chart and posted it - it gets a lot of hits because it's important for many people.

But it's only as good as the listing input of the listing agent . . .

Aug 18, 2019 10:09 AM #6
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

The pet information is very important when people are buying or even renting a home. It's a piece of data that should not be left off the listing.

Aug 19, 2019 04:03 PM #7
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