Pets are NOT People


This is my “pet” peeve…..animals do not belong in a home during a showing.  There are buyers who will not buy a home if the sellers have a pet.  There are many who have allergies, and I can think of a million more reasons to do something with your pets during a showing.

Via Randy Ostrander-RealtorĀ® Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ):

Pets are NOT People


I will try and make this as clear as possible without offending the pet
owners of the world. First…I love animals, I would never condone getting rid
of your pets. Having said that, some need it pointed out they are not people.
They do not help sell houses, whether because they are soooo cute or because
they are a bit intimidating. Bottom line is if the buyer is looking at your
pets, they are not looking at what you are selling. Your little family member
that would never ever hurt no one just growled at my buyers child. End of
showing…nice. While you may not notice it, you can smell both dogs and cats
and some buyers are offended by the odor. Again, I will not argue whether or not
your animals are clean but the only opinion that counts right now is the people
who just left your showing because they were offended. It amazes me how sellers
will spend days painting trim, shampooing carpets and making repairs but will
not remove their pet during a showing. If your pet is truly a family member take
it with you on a family walk while I sell your home. In today’s market you may
only get one shot at a sale, do you want to take a chance on it not happening
because you disagree about your pets place in society? It would help your agent
a lot to realize your pets are not people and should be removed for showings.

Notice above with either cute or scary pets pets around you are not focusing
on the home for sale. Just a thought.

As always if you think the Big Rapids area is a place you would like to live give us a call (231) 796-5253 or check out either link below and we will help you find a house so the Big Rapids area can be your home too. Thanks for reading. 

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107 N. Michigan Suite B
Big Rapids, MI 49307
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After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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