Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Everyone has dogs here. I have no problem w dogs staying in the vehicle while we view the property. If it's a vacant commercial building, they can come. Luna might be in the truck, AC running and Foghat on the stereo (what can I say, she's partial to 70s rock, though she also loves the Pixies). She won't come out unless someone wants to meet her (usually. Quick meet/greet, then back in the truck fat chick!).

If it's a home, NO.
If it's owner-occupied, that's just a hard pass.
If it's a purse dog, they can be in your arms to walk through a vacant. There's a limit.

We can't disrespect somebody else's property.

I showed a building the other day and the owner has a lovely senior Schnauzer. Waffles. ❤
The prospective buyer has a beautiful Cocker Spaniel puppy who has separation anxiety and the buyer asked if he could bring the puppy. I told him no problem but puppy has to stay in the truck.
Waffles world!
Everybody cool.

Jun 28, 2018 06:52 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

No.  If I had a buyer that brought their dog they would be finding another agent. 

There is no convincing necessary.  NO DOGS on tour. It's not negotiable.  There are far more reasons to disallow this than I can think or reasons to bring a dog. 

Jun 28, 2018 05:43 PM
Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

Zip, Nada! Though I've been known to take Jake the Dog with me on listing errands and such. I mean who wouldn't want to be seen with this little guy!?Jake ready for a ride!

Jun 28, 2018 06:31 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Not at all. I've only had it happen once in my career and I made them follow me in their car and we dropped the dog off before we toured.

Furthermore, I do not allow dogs on tour of homes as a buyers agent.

I do not allow dogs in the houses as a listing agent.

Jun 28, 2018 05:06 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

No. Not yet.

Jun 28, 2018 05:05 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I have not experienced this but as a dog owner I can tell you I wouldn't bring my dog house-hunting. Maybe if I found the house I was going to buy I'd let her check it out, but not to go house to house, that's not acceptable 

Jun 28, 2018 05:32 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Nope and like Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D said, dogs stay in the car.

Jun 28, 2018 05:13 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

OMG.... who would do that???  never, never....

Jun 28, 2018 06:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Not me. I haven't had a dog on a tour for years, thankfully! It's simply not appropriate to take to a seller's home.

Jun 28, 2018 05:28 PM
Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

I have never had this happen to me "directly".... however, on one of my listings, the buyers agent allowed his client to bring their dog into the house during showing.

As it turns out, my seller, has security cameras in the home and when they saw that, they were fit to be tied!!  The dog was running around getting on the furniture etc...  I calmed them down, and then addressed the issue with the buyers agent.

Another thought is the sellers could have allergies to dogs/dog dander etc...

Jun 28, 2018 05:11 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have never had a buyer bring their buyer inside a listing.  They have brought their dog and left them in the car, but that's about it.  Can't imagine someone doing that.  It would be absurd!

Jun 28, 2018 08:55 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Get them out of the house!  Go away.

Jun 28, 2018 06:31 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If so I am OK, ours go with us everywhere.

Jun 28, 2018 06:22 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I know agents who do this.


Jun 28, 2018 05:46 PM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I haven't noticed this trend. I've had it happen, usually at open houses when a neighbor is walking their dog and want to stop in. If I know the owner objects, I request the dog wait outside. If the home owner is also a dog owner I might invite them along, depending on the behavior and size of the dog. 

Jun 28, 2018 05:15 PM
Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate
The Climer School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
The Best Real Estate School in Florida

I'm seeing more and more dogs with people everywhere

Jun 28, 2018 05:13 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Dogs have become the new "children" of our century.  But they are not people.  They are dogs.  If they are not legitimate service animals (i.e. needed for blind people or truly disabled people) they need to stay home when someone is showing property.  The sellers of these homes may have true animal allergies - plus it is so disrespectful!

Jun 28, 2018 09:08 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

No. I do not believe I would be agreeable to this either 

Jun 28, 2018 07:53 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No ma'am not in my area.

Jun 28, 2018 06:18 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Having buyers get offended is starting out on the wrong foot.

BEFORE you show property, you need to inform your buyer what the routine is and at the same time dispell the myth that dogs are welcome in homes...


Jun 29, 2018 02:59 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

In my location we usually ask to hold smaller dogs and leave outside larger ones. 

Jun 28, 2018 11:49 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have not experienced that Francine. 

Jun 28, 2018 09:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not really.  In fact, I've never had any client bring their dog with them... even very recently when I worked with two legally blind people, who had a dog... but they left the dog at home and depended on me.

Jun 29, 2018 03:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I had someone bring along a dog a few days ago and she wanted to bring it in the house. I said no, you can't. Your dog is cute but has to stay outside. Her response? Well, my last agent let me. Ha, well, I'm not your last agent, and we cannot bring any pets into someone else's house. So the little dog stayed in the vehicle.

Jun 29, 2018 03:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No! I had a legitimate service dog accompany a client recently but, haven't had one in a long time.

Jun 29, 2018 11:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. They are not welcome in listings. Leave the dogs outside.

Jun 29, 2018 08:11 AM
Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

Depends on the location. We usually ask to kindly keep dogs outside since we have often carpeted rooms.

Jun 28, 2018 11:28 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

None of our buyers have brought dogs with them, though at Open Houses, I do see some dogs Francine Viola.  The large ones are tied outside on the patio furniture, while the small ones are carried around the house.  That being said, I have not yet seen one Working Service Dog.  With having vacationers and snowbirds around, it's not unusual to have those with dogs bring them, and surprisingly I have not seen more!

Jun 29, 2018 09:50 PM
Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker 954-2489149
K1 Realty Group - Miramar, FL
No Compromise When it Comes to Our Clients!

I am finding that people are bringing their dogs to not just real estate activities..It's everywhere..It's the norm now..

Jun 29, 2018 06:01 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I am not - but don't get me started on Emotional Support Animals!!!!

Jun 29, 2018 05:10 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Francine Viola  it is fine with me to bring dogs to open houses.

Jun 29, 2018 02:07 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Dogs are always welcome...;) Happy Friday!

Jun 29, 2018 11:57 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Francine ~ I think it is more about setting expectations; you are looking at homes and not visiting a friends house.  Unless we are talking service / companion dog, they are staying at home.  The only caveat is if they can carry the dog AND the property(ies) are vacant.

Jun 29, 2018 11:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Lucky, I hav not had that expierence in a year.


Jun 29, 2018 09:21 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

ESA's ????

Jun 29, 2018 08:04 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Dang it. I wrote a nice long answer and AR ate it when I published it and only left those two arrows. I will have to redo it later...

Jun 29, 2018 07:35 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

thankfully have not had this happen.

Jun 29, 2018 06:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Seller does not allow pets on showing! Sorry, but he/she stays outside. If I had known, I would have advised you in advance

Jun 29, 2018 06:18 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I have never in 31  + years of real estate had a buyer bring their dog with them when viewing homes.  That would not be acceptable in my view...  Sellers would not appreciate that especially if they are not pet owners... What if he/she lifts a leg or squat in the home? It would be disrespectful to the homeowner.

Jun 29, 2018 04:59 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

YES and not sure why they think it is acceptable without asking. Some sellers have allergies. I just had one pu la big oooppss n the living room floor too. 

Jun 29, 2018 04:42 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

No, it's bad enough these buyers bring their kids and let them run around unsupervised...

Jun 29, 2018 04:35 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have not noticed that; however, I would probably put the kibosh on that.

Jun 29, 2018 04:22 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

No I haven't had this happen to me....yet. I am a dog lover and have a dog, I can't imagine why anyone would think this is appropriate.

Jul 03, 2018 04:46 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Yes. It's a petidemic. Never had to have the conversation before but am formulating my line right now... am interested in what others say.

Jul 02, 2018 09:58 AM
Rae Hoffman
Roots & Wings Realty Group / eXp Realty - Katy, TX
Real estate agent serving the Katy area

I would never allow that unless we were talking a legitimate service animal and had the homeowners prior approval. The homeowners could have allergies, or their grandkids who visit could have allergies. Just no, no, no. Not to mention that if the pet has an accident, the homeowner could become rightfully furious. If the client insisted on it, I'd have to insist they find another agent. You can't convince someone to have common sense. 

Jun 30, 2018 03:41 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Not many of my clients have dogs, Francine Viola 

Jun 29, 2018 11:40 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is hard for me to imagine how one would justify taking a dog into a stranger’s home and expecting the homeowner not to have a reaction. Sure…the reaction might be positive, if the owner is home and aware of the furry visitor. But in showing homes, we would rather the owner be absent. Does one just assume that the homeowner is o.k. with unexpected canine visitors?

Jun 29, 2018 08:33 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

No not at all.  I've had perhaps three in over twenty years and never have they brought their pets into the house.

Jun 29, 2018 03:04 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

This is a dog loving area, but they rarely bring them along and they stay in the car, unless they are in the purse. A

Jun 29, 2018 06:08 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Pet owners feel an ever increasing sense of entitlement.

That feeling of entitlement, most vividly demonstrated by bicyclist, tends to make them stupid. Bicyclist think the laws of physics no longer apply to them.

Pet folks understand there is a great population who are willing to engage in extortion to compel compliance to their entitlement. PETA is the nationally accepted domestic terrorist group. They have been hugely successful in insuring pets have more protections than the poor.

I imagine we well be explaining to our great grand children that in our time dogs did not have the right to vote. Image their outrage.

Success stories? One afternoon of baking in the Florida sun while the no-pet attending partner tours the house brings the problem to conclusion. Sorry, home owners do have rights I intend to support.


Jun 29, 2018 06:00 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not with me, they don't.

Jun 29, 2018 05:43 AM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

in my 14 years never, not once. 

Jun 29, 2018 05:43 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Not in our listings!

Jun 29, 2018 05:43 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

If it is small-small - maybe. 

I'd rather not.

Nov 25, 2018 09:10 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Interesting question and great answers. 

I don't think it is a good idea to bring a dog to see houses. 

Thank you! 

Nov 25, 2018 08:00 PM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

I've never had a home buyer bring a dog with them.

Jul 31, 2018 05:10 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

        I was in the Post Office yesterday... a lady walks in with a dog, the dog is wearing a sweater that says "Service Dog".   There was nothing physically wrong with the woman; she didn't park in a handicapped parking spot.  Rover seemed like any average dog; nothing special.

    You can order those Service Dog sweaters from eBay, Amazon, and other sites.  I strongly suspect that this was not really a service dog; the lady was just using the sweater as an excuse to bring her dog inside of buildings.

      When I get one of THOSE people, I will have to deal with it.

Jul 10, 2018 11:52 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

I am not seeing this personally.  I would have an issue with buyers bringing their dogs to a showing on my listings. 

Jul 10, 2018 11:00 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

I am not having this problem and I do like dogs and kids,  just not at work.  

Jul 05, 2018 09:46 AM
Elizabeth Y. Foulds
Long & Foster Real Estate - Saint Michaels, MD
Your St Michaels Realtor

I am observing more and more that buyers seem to think it is in order to bring their dogs.  Recently an agent thought it was in order for his buyer to carry the dog into the house.  My seller happened to see them and was very upset.  My seller happens to own a dog but does not want another dog in her property.   Also, a seller could be highly alergic to animals which is another reason why one should never consider taking one inside.   It is definitely a no-no!  

Jul 04, 2018 10:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I did not know buyers were bringing dogs with them.  Last year I had a listing where the homeowner found "a pile of poo" in one of her bedrooms.  First time ever.

Jul 03, 2018 07:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have seen a sharp rise in that in the last couple of years. It is a hard judgement call. 

Jul 01, 2018 01:46 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Jul 01, 2018 08:07 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO dogs or cats allowed  Not even service dogs unless ok'd prior to the showing.

Many people are deathly allergic...

Jun 29, 2018 09:56 PM