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.