Did you know 68% of American households have a pet and in 2018 they spent $72 billion on those pets?
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? By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers.
Whether a dog person, a cat person, or someone who prefers the company of another pet species, the majority of pet owners say that they consider their animal to be family.
A study by theNational 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.
NAR’s President shed some light on the impact of pet owners and their home search.
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 – (pet owners ranked this as the most important feature of a home to accommodate their pet)
Locations of dog parks/walking paths/pet-friendly areas
Proximity to veterinarians/groomers/pet supply stores
Remember we love our 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:Janene Johnson Phone: 970-531-2284 Dated: April 11th 2019 Views: 245 About Janene: Raised on the east coast, Janene moved to Colorado after falling in love with the area while here on...
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