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Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too

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About five years ago, we had our first show in the upscale gated community of western Broward County. On behalf of the seller, I planned to show two Nevada doctors a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home listed for $ 945,000. The only problem is that I go all day and no one walks through the 4-year-old rescue dog Cream and the gray Havanese Charlie. I checked with my client and was told that I could take Charlie. When the potential buyer arrived, they were greeted by Charlie, and they then showed me a picture of their dog, Miles. And it may have been Charlie’s brother. The buyers were so excited about how dog-friendly the house and community were, so they asked me to stop showing the house on the spot and make an offer immediately. That day we took the house off the market and sold it to those buyers within a month. Charlie was my lucky charm of the day, and he has been an asset ever since helping me change leads. He’s the best $ 60 investment I’ve made in my career!


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Stephenwise, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Broker Associate in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

I lived alone and had no roommates, pets, or promises. But a while ago, I was selling the property of a woman who had moved from the United States to Mexico. She had a small chihuahua and two cats. The house was a poor old farmhouse that I knew was difficult to sell. I finally found a young couple happy to overlook an unfinished room and bad wiring, but a week before her closing, Mexico wouldn’t let her take all three animals. So she announced she couldn’t move. The owner panicked after rescuing the animal because she didn’t want to throw it away. She vowed not to have a pet, but she agreed to bring two cats. Peach and Siamese Eddie with American Shorthair to make the deal a reality. So now I live with two cats and the house is for sale. In retrospect, it was a good decision as it helped keep me sane during the Covid blockade. In fact, I can’t imagine living without them. After all, it was a win / win for both the client and the realtor.

Denise Snanoudj, Real Estate Agent at The Agency in Sherman Oaks, California.

I recently sold a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on a one-acre site on Malholland Drive, Los Angeles, with the help of my dog ​​Escrow. She is a 3-year-old English Cream Golden Retriever, I participate in many marketing and is a therapy dog ​​at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Escrow likes to sit on my porch and watch people pass by. When she meets someone, she runs up with her toys, so she makes more friends than I do. Recently, a neighbor happened to be walking by my house, so she stopped asking for my dog’s name. When I told her she asked if I was a real estate agent. I said so, and she said, “You are just the person I need to talk to.” It turns out that her boss wanted to sell his house and asked her to help him find an agent. Neighbors coordinate the meeting and the rest is history. I listed my house and put it up for sale for over $ 1 million in just one month. And Escrow became friends with my neighbor’s dog.

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