Dog's and Other Assorted Pets Aren't Always Man's Best Friend !

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Real Estate Agent with The Lachicotte Company An Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's

 

I showed a house to my clients yesterday, one they requested to see I might add, and we were greeted with a zoo of pets!  I counted, five cats, two dogs, three birds and a cage of rabbits (multiplying by the moment!).  The mls listing said the homeowner had pets, when I called to set up the showing appointment, no one told be about the menagerie living in the house.  The first dog greeted us with a mask , we actually were the ones who needed the mask!  What a sight and not too refreshing, we could not get out of that house fast enough.  Glad I wasn't asked to list that house!

Point to ponder...are we going to have to start having masks for our buyers like we have shoe covers in a basket  at the front doors.  That would be a unique marketing idea...logos on masks and shoe covers...hum...

 

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Ronda Myers-Waters
Willems Realtors, Principal Broker - Chesterton, IN

The listing office or the agent remarks on the MLS should state if there are pets and how many.  Some people are highly allergic to some animals.  I have put in my agent remarks that there are pets in the house and whether they are caged or will not be there for the showing.

Apr 24, 2007 02:00 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I just had an experience with 3 dogs who came bounding out of the breezeway -- it was not pleasant.  My dog training friend said that this was dangerous for me -- as the dogs Job is to GUARD the house!  It also is stressful for the dogs.  I had another showing with flying squirrels -- I don't know what the sellers are thinking in these situations!  It doesn't go a long way to helping to show their property.
Apr 24, 2007 02:53 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I just had an experience with 3 dogs who came bounding out of the breezeway -- it was not pleasant.  My dog training friend said that this was dangerous for me -- as the dogs Job is to GUARD the house!  It also is stressful for the dogs.  I had another showing with flying squirrels -- I don't know what the sellers are thinking in these situations!  It doesn't go a long way to helping to show their property.  woops it went thru 2 times sorry
Apr 24, 2007 02:53 AM #3
Rainer
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Michael Thompson
CENTURY 21 Anderson Properties, Inc. - Anderson, SC
MBA

I can relate! My first FSBO listing was a great looking Cape Cod in a wonderful location. However, the owners had about five cats which they referred to as their babies. There was cat hair on the furniture and a pungent odor in the air. Showing the property required advanced noticed because they did not want their babies to get out accidentially.

http://www.michaelthompsonproperties.com/

Apr 24, 2007 03:39 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Don Fabrizio-Garcia
Fab Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate
Selling with pets is tough - I've personally done it.  My dogs were crated for showings, and I took them out of the house for open houses.  I also have parrots in cages - so we posted a sign asking people not to put their fingers in the cages.  Of course, the agents all put their fingers in the cages...
Apr 24, 2007 04:16 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Pet odor is such a turn off.  I have shown so many houses where you walk in and the first thing you smell is animal and you are right I have been glad those were not my listings.

Apr 24, 2007 12:38 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Nancy Siau
The Lachicotte Company An Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's - Pawleys Island, SC
Selling Coastal SC

Thanks for all the comments.  We all know when you open a home, you have not had a chance to preview, it can be very shocking - to say the least!

 

 

Apr 25, 2007 08:05 AM #7
Rainer
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Theresa Cavanaugh
Global Realty Marketing - Appleton, WI
Shame on the listing agency for not preparing you!
Apr 25, 2007 08:29 AM #8
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