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"Your Family Calls Him "Fido'; Your Agent Calls Him 'Fang'"

This is the name of my favorite chapter in my book, The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate.  
Someone posted a blog earlier today about marketing a house with a pack of cute, though slightly musty, doggies.  And it sounded like he handled it really well.
In all of my years as an agent, I've really had a hard time being tactful about pet issues, and I was afraid that potential sellers might think I was, God forbid, a dog hater.  So I wrote "Your Family Calls Him Fido" long before I wrote the book - it went into all of my listing packets, along with "Cleaning the Place Up" and "If They Can Smell It, We Can't Sell It!"  
Once I got it all down in writing, I explained to each prospective seller that I was including some information I thought might be helpful, and that I gave it to all of my clients.  This way, they didn't take any of my advice as personal criticism aimed at them.  
It seems like almost every house I list has a dog.  Gee, I have a dog!  Around here, many of the beloved family pets (including my Labradoodle, Willie)  earn their Purina by scaring off intruders.  And they tend to put Realtors right up there with burglers,  the FedEx guy and the mailman.  And as I explain, even if the dog is the gentlest thing on earth, it's hard for any agent to be sure of that when the key is in the lock and the bark is on the other side of the door.
Comment balloon 4 commentsPatricia Kennedy • June 18 2007 12:57PM


Sounds like a great way to share tips for sellers.  I like the way it doesn't single them out.  It's good info for all.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Linda Sanderson (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) about 13 years ago

I showed a nice house the other day, I had called ahead as the listing had a WARNDOG remark.  Well the owners were lovely and said they be out and my clients and I would have the house to ourselves, they forgot to mention, fang, jaws and psycho would be home alone.  Not one but three dogs!!! 

 Now I love dogs, but my point is I called ahead, my clients and their 2.5 year daughter we nort expecting to be met by the gruesome threesome.  I had great fun locking my clients out of the house in 115 degrees, while I chased the threesom into their crates (why the owner didn't do this I have no clue!) Long story short, my clients hated the house before I had even shown it. 

Posted by Louisa Kastendick (Prudential Americana Group, Realtors) about 13 years ago

Response from Pat -

Wow!  I won't even go into a house like that!  If there is a dog about, and if the agent or owners assure me that Fang is very friendly, I want to know his or her name, and I pack dog biscuits.  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 13 years ago
I showed a very nice and expensive home once with two dachshounds in a cage that barked so loudly the entire time my customers and I were in the house, that it was impossible to enter the room they were in.  I also noticed that the owners hadn't cleaned up - without going into details, there was mess under the coffeetable that could have only come from a dog. Yikes, I didn't say a word and hoped my buyer didn't notice.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 13 years ago