MLS Note: Do Not Pet the Dogs.
In the private remarks on the MLS, the listing agent warned all buyer agents about LARGE DOGS present inside the home with a side note that said DO NOT attempt to pet the dogs. To me that translates to say:
- DO NOT SHOW THIS HOUSE
- ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK
- DANGER! DANGER!
Besides, the hair on the back of my neck would stand at attention when shuffling from room to room - at a good clip while looking behind with every step in anticipation. Or that flimsy wire cage that Brutus and Maneater are in may suddenly disengage, leaving nothing but air between us! Aaaaack!
DO NOT Pet the Dogs = DO NOT SHOW THE PROPERTY!
All humor aside, I refuse to put my client's in an unsafe environment because someone refuses to cooperate and take the dogs for a walk or ensure pets are extremely secure. Also, cats should not have free reign either as they may sneak through the door to escape or will become defensive and defend their territory.
An owner had a retired police dog in the back yard and you could hear him barking, growling and throwing himself against their privacy fence when anyone approached the house...Seriously?! Didn't show it and when the agent asked for feedback, I mentioned Cujo running loose in the back yard.
Sellers, please be aware of the showing instructions of your home to buyers agents; it may be an unsafe situation for all involved, the death of your listing or worse, a lawsuit brought by people who were viciously attacked!
Think about it prior to listing a property for sale!