Tonight, I met with a couple who are thinking about selling a condo in a building in a great part of town. It's big, has a balcony, the kitchen is fabulous, and when it's all staged and ready for prime time, it should fly right off the shelf.
Or maybe not?
This wonderful unit is in a building that would not let Mr. Snowball, my blue-eyed white kitty, into the building as a guest, let alone as a resident.
The only problem is that by having a no pets at all policy, they are excluding a huge part of the buyer pool. In three decades, I've never ever had someone tell me to find them a place in a no pets building. But lots of my clients have pets.
No dogs, or at least no huge dogs, I can understand. Dogs bark, and a few might even hump legs on the elevator or make messes in the halls and lobby. But cats?
All the cats do is sleep, softly meow and handle any mice in that might show up in the building. They are after all carnivorous predators! And they don't put mouse meat into the gravel Cat Chow that we feed them!
If you are on the condo board of a no-pet condo, keep in mind that you will increase the value of the units in the building if you have a sensible, balanced pet policy - at least cats, and maybe even small well-behaved dogs.
Think about it.
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