Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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James Bath
Gulf Shores Realty - Venice, FL

ABSOLUTELY...ANY DISTRACTION, ANY, ANY affects the showing.  People (You and Me) are easily distracted.  Distraction is the opposite of the "Puppy Dog Approach to Sales" (where you sit down with buyers in a home that they obiously like and let them hold the imaginary Puppy!!!)  Distracted folks are fast to exit!!!  Even pet bedding, dishes kennels, etc are distractions!

Mar 31, 2015 08:14 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

That's one for the books, Paul.  I've seen one or two parrots at homes I've shown but certainly none that weren't caged.  Yikes!  To answer your question, though, no... I don't think I've ever had a problem showing a home with pets.  The only bad experience I've had in that respect was one house where a family living there was renting it and the wife worked as a Vet's assistant and the instant you walked in the house it stunk big time of cat urine.  We didn't get past the foyer before deciding this wasn't the home for them.

Mar 31, 2015 07:55 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if the pets are running free throughout the home, and they bark as we approach the door, that door will not be opened.... that's our rule.... cage your pets or board them...

Mar 31, 2015 07:00 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't mind pets, but occasionally someone will be afraid of dogs and not want to go in even if the dog is in a crate. i hope that seller you mention was offering a huge discount. Rediculous to sell with birds flying loose.

Mar 31, 2015 06:53 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Uhhh, YES! I would call the listing agent and tell him/her this was a turn off and possibly a health hazard too. 

Mar 31, 2015 06:44 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Geez, Paul.  I've never run into that kind of situation.

Mar 31, 2015 06:30 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't, but there are times when my clients have an issue and then I adjust as needed.

Mar 31, 2015 06:17 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Wow, yes those birds should certainly have been handled better for showings.  I am concerned when pet instructions include wording such as "do not let out".  It should not be on the buyer or their agent to manage someone else's pet.

Mar 31, 2015 05:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Paul -- Yikes!  The example you cite is beyond crazy and the listing agent should have made that issue much more clear.   

I appreciate when a listing agent's private remarks discuss the pet situation. Things like friendly blind cocker spaniel Misty will be in the service porch which can be seen from the kitchen.  I'm okay with that.

I am a bit more wary of four dangerous dogs in rear yard do not enter without owner.  If they happen to be in the house - leave immediately.   

Unfortunately common sense is not as common as I'd prefer it.

Mar 31, 2015 04:53 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson I am afraid of pets so I request them to remove. However, if not removed, I still show the homes.

Mar 31, 2015 04:52 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I went into a home just after a Broker's Open House ended, at the Broker's invitation. He said, "Just watch out for Hershey" and I said no problems.  As I opened the door, took off my shoes on the freshely waxed hardwood floors, Hershey appeared and was heading toward the open door.  I blocked his path, slipped on the floor and went down hard.  
I love dogs and got to know Hershey well later when I ended up with the listing, but our meeting was unforgettable. 

Mar 31, 2015 03:39 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Paul, I think this is a bit much especially since the home owners put the responsibility on the agents to control the animals.  Seems these people are selling an aviary not a house!

Mar 31, 2015 10:39 AM