The Pet Factor in Real Estate Continues to Grow

Current estimated is that $60.59 billion was spent on our pets in the U.S .

According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association 79 million U.S. households now own a pet.  Of that number 83 percent consider their pet to be a member of the family, according to a Packaged Facts research report.

Homes that are pet friendly are on a lot of buyers checklist. But, what does that mean?

When I work with a client as a Buyer's Agent I encourage them to give serious thought when starting their search as to how important to them is their pet's comfort. Happy pet means a happier home for the pet-parents.  Understanding the importance of that makes it easier when they have to choose to pass on the house with the finished basement because they need a big yard with a fence.

The determining factor to write an offer should not be the physical appeal of house, that's just the surface and looks can be deceiving.  The key to a good decision should be whether that house is a good fit to how you'll live in the home.

When I work with a client as the Sellers Agent I look for the features that will have a appeal to the buyer who's family includes a furry member.  It's valuable to promote those features when we market the property.  At the same time I discuss with the seller the best way to manage the care and safety of their pets during the listing period.  It's important to make the house appealing to all buyers and there are many things that can be done to insure that we achieve a good showing.