Al and Cal Homes and Community: The Barking Dog and The House for Sale!

The Barking Dog and The House for Sale!

 

The Barking Dog and The House for Sale!

I need to preface this post by saying that I LOVE dogs.   All kinds, shapes and sizes.... but, here is my story.

A warm Sunday afternoon and we get the call.    "I need to sell my Bellingham MA home!"     Over we go with market analysis and marketing plan in hand.   

The home is lovely.    A young multi bath colonial.   A classic home for the area.  Well maintained.  I know immediately we are going to get a lot of showings.   It should sell quickly.    We do our thing, establish a price.   I get out the camera and take some great photos of the home and get the marketing started.   

On line it goes, into MLS and the showings begin!  That's when it starts!    

The neighbor's dog is a barker.   Now these homeowners did not know that as they were out working all day.    Their very next door neighbor tied the dog up on the deck and bark it did.    Incessantly for hours on end out there on that deck.    Well... I am not quite sure about that, but the feedback I got from every showing had to do with how obnoxious the barking was.

We are never going to sell this home with Fido over there barking to beat the band!!!Barking Dog

So, What is an agent to do??

We informed the Seller of the situation and asked them to speak to their neighbor.    They did. 

The barking continued, and continued.   I went over to meet some buyers and heard it for myself.    

Oh!  This will never work.    I walked next door to talk to the homeowner.    "Please", I say, "is there anyway we can bring the dog inside when you see a showing happening next door?"   I went on to explain to her that this could ultimately effect her property value if my listing ends up staying on the market longer than it should.     

The homeowner didn't realize that the poor pooch on the porch was barking all day, having a negative impact on our showings!

She promised to bring Fido in when the home was being shown.    In fact, she wasn't going to leave him out there all day anymore.  

With Fido happily inside, the offer came in. 

Here are My Pet Tips for Selling your Home.

  • If you have pets, establish a showing plan that includes them.
  • When at all possible remove pets from home for showings.
  • Asking an Agent to keep Houdini the Cat in, can detract and distract from the showing, find a way to corral him.
  • Make sure the showing agent knows there are pets in the home and what to expect.
  • If possible, crate your pet to keep him safe.   A "friendly" pet might not remain friendly when there are strangers in their home and you aren't!  Buyers young children are either looking to pet your "baby" or they are petrified.   Either one is not good for a showing.
  • Keep litterboxes clean and odor free.
  • Make sure the back yard free of debris, if you know what I mean!
  • Let your neighbor's know that you are selling.    


Selling you home is stressful for everyone in your household.   That includes your Pets too.   You know what is going on, but they don't!    Make it easier for them and you will have a higher degree of success in getting your home sold quickly!      

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty

www.AlandCal.com

 

Cal@AlandCal.com

 

508-494-9061

 

Comment balloon 18 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • September 23 2011 11:18AM

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Nicely handled, Carol. I liked the point you made to the dog's owner about property values.

Posted by Debbie Sagorin, Marketing Irvine to the Highest Level (Coldwell Banker Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann,

Very good story and I really like the tie in with pet tips for one to use while trying to sell your home. I will suggest your blog before it goes featured and I can't.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 7 years ago

Nice save. You were very diplomatic. I am pleased it ended nicely for everyone, and you made the nieghbor "aware".

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann, I can relate to this story. I had a buyer who found the perfect home but would not make an offer because the neighbor had a "barker"...so frustrating.  Glad to hear your story had a positive ending.

Posted by Candy Miles-Crocker, Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training (Online Real Estate Agent Training) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann, this can be a huge problem and we have one of these in my neighborhood...actually i don't know how the neighbors stand it??!!  Anyway great suggests of what to do!  So you are not a dog whisperer?

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 7 years ago

I think we have all been in that situation! Sometimes the dog owner just doesn't realize the dog is barking (maybe they tune it out) and sometimes they just don't care. Good for you yours was the former! Well handled and great advice.

Posted by Neil & Carol Veneroso (West USA Realty, Surprise & Sun City AZ) about 7 years ago

We have one about 6 doors down the block...I can faintly hear it but know it must be nerve wracking for retired neighbors who live closer. 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 7 years ago

Really annoying to have a dog bark next door - or anywhere within hearing distance. And I love dogs too. Part of being a pet owner is making sure our pets don't bug other people. I hope they really stick with the plan to keep him off the deck - poor dog - poor neighbors. Good for you Cal for walking over and nipping the problem in the bud.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 7 years ago

Great post and some good advice for selling with pets Cal, best of luck getting that offer to the closing table.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) about 7 years ago

Hi Debbie.   Thanks.   Valid point right?

 

Hi Bob.   Thanks as always for reading and commenting.   Our pets are so important to us, they must get a little freaked out don't you think?     Appreciate the "S".

 

Hi Terri.    LOL.   I have never thought of myself as diplomatic.   But I like it.    Thanks!!

 

Hi Candy.      I'm sure it happens all the time.   Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Ginny.    LOL.       I'm only a dog whisperer if there are treats in my pocket!   

 

Hi Neil and Carol.    Clearly they didn't hear him.  I don't know how!

 

Hi Anita.   We have one next door too, but he thinks I'm his girlfriend so I can't say anything.

 

Hi Debb.   Caught that play on words.    LOL.    You are right though.   Don't have a dog if you are going to tie him on the deck all day.   

 

Hi Al.   Thank you for checking it out and the well wishes.    Seems harder and harder to get them to the table these days! 

 

Thank you all for reading and commenting.    Appreciated always!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann,

This blog should have made a featured post status. Oh well there is always next time. Thanks for commenting on my blogs and have a great weekend.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 7 years ago

Carol, that's interesting - and surely something you (or any listing agent) do not want! Well, you handled it well....

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 7 years ago

Hi Bob.   Thank you for your kind words!    Appreciated!

 

Hi Praful.   Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Carol,

Just checking on you as I have not seen any new blogs. Hopefully you very busy with real estate and making lots of money. Have a great day.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 7 years ago

I am glad that you were able to convince the neighbors to bring the dog inside...I guess I would worry about after the home was sold though.  Is this going to be a disclosure issue if the new owners find out they have an incessantly barking dog next door during the day time?  Just a thought.

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann, Nicely handled.  I remember when we looked at the house we are now in the dog next door barked and barked.  In fact, now if I do not hear her bark I call and ask if everything is okay over there!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) about 7 years ago

Hi Bob.   Thanks for noticing.   I've been trying to put out fires all week!      Up and running again!

 

Hi Brenda.   I thought the same thing.   It was good the homeowner didn't realize how sad the poor thing was and started taking him in more.   

 

Hi Christine.    Same here!!!    We have a "bombarky" next to Al's home.    When I don't hear him, I think something must be wrong.

 

Thank you guys for reading and commenting.   I appreciate your support!!!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

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