One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet!
If you are one of the many homeowners looking to list your home for sale, how do you stand out to the millions of pet parents searching for their dream home?
Whether a dog person, a cat person, or someone who prefers the company of another pet species, 99% of pet owners say that they consider their animal to be family. When finding a home, 95% of animal owners believe it is important that a housing community allows animals.
A study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that there are many aspects of the home buying, selling and owning experience that have been greatly impacted by our love for our pets.
This should come as no surprise, as $72 billion was spent on pets in the U.S in 2018. NAR’s President William E. Brown shed some light on the impact of pet owners and their home search.
“It is important to understand the unique needs and wants of animal owners when it comes to homeownership. REALTORS® understand that when someone buys a home, they are buying it with the needs of their whole family in mind; ask pet owners, and they will enthusiastically agree that their animals are part of their family.”
The Power of Pets When Choosing the Right Home
89% of pet owners say they would not give up their pet due to a housing restriction
81% of Americans say their pets play a role in their housing situation
31% of animal owners have refused to put in an offer on a home because it wasn’t a good fit for their animals
19% of Americans say they would consider moving for their pet
12% percent have moved for their pet
New home builders have actually begun installing retractable pet gates that tuck away neatly inside door jams as a highly requested feature in new homes to attract pet-parents.
So, if you are a homeowner looking to sell in today’s pet-friendly environment, point out the features of your home that will attract pet owners:
Fully fenced in backyard – (91% of pet owners ranked this as the most important feature of a home to accommodate their pet)
Locations of dog parks/walking paths/pet-friendly beaches in the area (71% ranked this as the top feature of any neighborhood they would consider)
Proximity to veterinarians/groomers/pet supply stores (31%)
Americans love their pets and will look for pet-friendly features in the home they wish to buy, so take advantage of this knowledge by pointing out your home’s ability to meet their needs.
Author:Candace Mozingo Phone: 817-983-5463 Dated: April 10th 2019 Views: 5 About Candace: Having worked closely with home-builders & other realtors in the flooring industry, transitioning to...
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Having worked closely with home-builders & other realtors in the flooring industry, transitioning to real estate was a natural move for me. I've enjoyed every moment of it since doing so, working with both investors & the general public. I currently reside in North Richland Hills with my two dogs, Lucy & Fargo & specialize in the northeast Tarrant County area.
Whether it's your first or last, I look forward to getting to know you & your family & guiding you through the exciting process of buying a home.
"My wife and I purchased our first home with Candace’s help and we couldn’t have been happier with the job she did. Throughout the entire process she was professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. She took my complete lack of real estate knowledge in stride and answered (honestly and candidly) every dumb question I could come up with. When we fell in love with terrible homes she was supportive but pointed out specific problems and explained potential points of concern; at no point did I feel any pressure to make an offer on a home that wasn’t perfect. We quickly came to trust her instincts – she’d come to completely different conclusions than us after looking at the same pictures but every time she ended up being right. She was always available when I would send her messages, more than once we toured potential homes less than a day from when I first saw the listing. In such a competitive market as Haslet this kind of availability was crucial. Once I was ready to make an offer Candace was invaluable in helping me prepare and schedule inspections. In less than four days she was able to put together a very competitive offer in time for the offer review date. She kept in constant communication with the selling agent and provided critical advice on improving my offer in the 11th hour that ended up winning the deal. Without her help we would not be currently living in our dream house. Hopefully I’m not buying again soon but if I were I’d go with Candace again at J&P Associates. I’d give them 6+ stars if I could. Thank you Candace Mozingo!!