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What role does dog ownership play when clients are determining a place to live?

Q: “What role does dog ownership play when clients are determining a place to live?”


A dog can play a huge role in a buyer’s home purchasing decision. I’ve had clients move from a condo into a house with a yard specifically for their fur babies. While city-dwellers are usually accustomed to taking their dogs out for walks, it’s nice to have a contiguous outdoor space to let them out especially when it’s raining or late at night—and that can narrow a buyer’s choices within their budget. With or without a yard, most dog owners gravitate to neighborhoods that have a park, dog park or beach within close walking distance. Also, some condo buildings limit the number of dogs, breed and weight allowed—and some don’t allow dogs period – further narrowing your choices if you have two or more large dogs. Even in a house or pet-friendly building with outdoor space, there are more considerations around decking surface and artificial versus real grass.


It is no wonder when a dog is man’s best friend that finding the perfect home includes one just right for canine members too! When it comes to home buying for a dog lover we have two types of clients those that have a dog and those who want one.
When having a big, open yard is not always an option there are dog parks to enjoy with your furry friends. Our clients want to make sure that there is easy access to outside, accommodating HOA’s if necessary and most importantly a safe environment for dogs. Luckily for our clients finding the perfect spot for Fido has become just another one of the things we specialize in.
Dogs are almost like children to their owners, they need space to play, room for their toys and a place to interact with other dogs and people. On many of my dog owning buyers’ wish lists: first and foremost, outdoor space — a yard or at least a park within walking distance. Also, being near pet-friendly restaurants and pet supply stores is a big plus.
Today, it’s almost inconceivable for a condo to not be dog-friendly. Sellers market amenities, such as dog washing stations and dog friendly courtyards to entice buyers. In any market you want to appeal to the most buyers possible, this includes peoples fur babies.


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