As a Pet Friendly Real Estate Agent your first reflex has to be to make certain the dog does not make a break for freedom to visit his friends down the street. For the moment you must forget the horrified look on your Buyer’s face or the Seller’s voice telling you that “her dog has never done that before” and keep the dog safe and secure whether it is a Yorkshire Terrier or Bernese Mountain Dog. In theory that sounds so easy but I have seen my Chocolate Lab push me aside at the front door as on a mission to roll in every neighbor’s garden, test out how fast he can chase a cat up a tree or see if any passer by has an extra box of Milk Bones.
And it is just not dogs – on a recent Showing the MLS sheet mentioned to be very careful when entering the home as the cat could escape. There was absolutely no mention that there was a Python in a cage in the Guest Bedroom. When I heard my Buyer utter the words “I believe that is a Python” I did not even follow him into the room but simply ran out into the Living Room hoping that the snake did not have any family members in other parts of the house.
At times like these the Pet Friendly Real Estate niche can be hilarious or you wish you were an expert on local golf courses. However, according to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey over 65% of U.S. households own a pet that equates to over 79.7 millions homes and Pet Owners spent approximately $60 billion on their pets in the United States last year.
Pet Friendly is a very important market for Real Estate Agents and Pet Friendly Businesses and Services!
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