Seeing your dog’s face after coming home from a 8 hour work day puts a smile ones face, not matter how hard the day was. Many people would agree with the fact that sometimes a house is not a home without a pet. This means that realtors helping home buyers scout for homes not only meet the needs of that family, but also their pet as well. They work with the sellers to help leverage the home’s pet appeal (The National Association of Realtors, 2016). The National Association of Realtors ® offers quick tips and facts about dogs in real estate. Here are just a few to help you start thinking about whether a dog will make your house feel more like a home.
65% of American households have pets; which is a 56% increase since 1988
Homeowners spend 3 times as much on their pets as renters in 2015
83% of homes with pets think of their pet as a member of their family
The average number of dogs per household is 1.43
$60.59 billion is the amount spent of pets in 2015
(The National Association of Realtors, 2016)
From these recent statistics, it is important to note that sellers must take into account the pet-friendly environment they should create when putting the house on display. REALTORS ® knows that pets make a house a home and agents work hard to find a house suitable for a buyer’s human and fur family (The National Association of Realtors, 2016).
A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage found that the desire for millennials to buy their first home is driven by the fact that they want to be able to provide a bigger space or yard for the furry companion. This statistic was among the top 3 motivators, leading by 33% of buyers, compared with 25% who mentioned marriage and 19% who mentioned the birth of a new child (Lerner, 2017). With more communities in production, more and more neighborhoods are become pet-friendly and catering to the needs of pet owners with increased dog parks and doggie bags/waste disposal areas. Be sure to keep these tips and facts in mind when buying your dream home with your furry sidekick.
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