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Real Estate Tip : Dog Houses

August 15, 2012
Fido (winter)

Fido (winter) (Photo credit: Hlusta)

A family pet often represents a major challenge when a house is being marketed. Your family may call your large dog “Fido”–but your real estate agent calls him “Fang”! This is a sensitive issue for a real estate agent to communicate to sellers.

Even though he is just doing “his job”, a dog’s bark will sound ferocious to anyone who is knocking at the door. This is usually a good thing, but when your home is on the market, real estate agents will be bringing a lot of strangers to the door. Most agents are concerned about the unpredictability of dogs they don’t know. When they are greeted by a barking dog, they may not be willing to enter the house unless the owner is at home. If your dog is confined to part of the house, such as a basement, be sure to put up a sign informing people of that fact. Talk with your real estate agent about the best way to manage your pet while your house is being shown, and make sure that this information is included in the MLS listing.

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