Dogs and Real Estate- A Perfect Fit!

Written by Posted On Thursday, 26 May 2022 18:45

Pets make a condo a home!  Traditionally, the real estate business has shown little love for pets, especially dogs.  The smell, bowls, beds, even the animals themselves become an issue when marketing a home for sale.  It’s an issue for agents that don’t know or understand dogs, I understand them and will work with you, not against you.  For many dog owners, their dog is a member of the family, now who would ask you to hide your kids?  Not me!

Pet power is rising!

Currently 65 percent of households own a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988

A record-breaking 79 million U.S. households now own a pet

83 percent of pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family

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So, what should you do if you have a dog and need to sell your condo?  Some people are not comfortable with dogs, I get that.  Some dogs are not comfortable with strangers coming into their “den”, that’s normal pack behavior.  The best advice I can give you is to take your dog for a walk when you have someone coming over to view (not that you want to hide the fact that you have a dog, but why risk turning someone away).  If you can’t be there, hire a real estate agent who can handle your dog.  Most people love the interaction, and if someone is there comforting your dog, it will not be an issue, it will probably be a positive. 

If the prospective buyers are pet owners, it will spur conversation about where to take their dog.  “Obviously, the current owner has a dog and deals with condo life just fine”.  If they don’t have one, there’s a good chance they will get one in the future.  This will be a selling point, trust me.

Don’t overlook this point, you don’t want to scare buyers off or scare your dog.  Many dogs hear the elevator ding and run to the door and are ready to go, like right now!  Do you want some untrained agent chasing your dog down the hallway as she runs to the elevator?  Probably not. 

Bottom line, if you have a dog, hire an agent who knows how to confidently handle a dog. 

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Pete Caruso

Pete has been a licensed real estate agent since 1998 and has represented buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County.  Past clients include professional athletes, business owners, first time home buyers and sellers. 

A Police Officer for over 31 years, Pete began and finished his distinguished career in Downtown San Diego.   Witnessing the transformation of Downtown from burned out warehouses and vacant lots to the successful urban revitalization of today, Pete brings unmatched area knowledge to the San Diego Urban and Suburban market!

Pete and his wife, Anna, live and own in the East Village at The Legend but have lived all over San Diego for the past 35 years.  Pete offers new residents professional guidance from a local’s perspective. 

Negotiation skills, problem solving abilities, attention to detail and an easy-going nature, Pete is the perfect fit for the discerning client who demands perfection.

  • Possessing the knowledge and experience of 17 years as a Police Dog Handler/Trainer, Pete gives back to the community by offering free dog training classes to his fellow Downtowners.
  • Pete has taught animal behavior seminars for the trainers at Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and Canine Companions for Independence.Pete has supervised the training for well over 100 Police Dog teams during his career, along with dog handlers from the US Navy Seals.

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