Richard L.  McKinney P.A., For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast! (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)

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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Why not? The world is going nuts. Why fight it? Bring your hamster too

Nov 22, 2015 08:09 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

In Florida, pets may not be left in cars. If caught, it could result in a $5000 fine. Most buyers with a pocket dog will carry their pet with them with no objection from me. If large dog, then one of the buyers must remain outside with the dog and alternate

Nov 22, 2015 07:58 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I normally say no to the dogs coming into a home but yesterday, I made my first exception . . . a 5 year old wiener dog who just came thru spinal surgery.  He was in a baby carriage and we toured 10 condos in a new development.  He was good as gold too!

Nov 22, 2015 07:39 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

never ever should an animal go into a buyers home.....unless the seller says ok..thats my opinion... "maam, do you take the dog to the opera? into your gynecologist? the casino? To meet the president?  then leave the damn dog or cat or pig(yes i have seen pigs in the grocery store) where the frig it belongs... SOMEWHERE else !  strong letter to follow.

Nov 22, 2015 06:40 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

seeing homes should be done without pets or small children who have a habit of running through homes.... 

Nov 22, 2015 07:34 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

People are ridiculous with their dogs. Keep them home 

Nov 22, 2015 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with you 100%  A

Nov 22, 2015 06:50 AM
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

No pets in the house..... but leaving in a car isn't the safest option for the animal.... just leave the pets at home..... its not like their going to be part of the decision making process....

Nov 22, 2015 05:39 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have had buyers bring their dogs in the car, but never ask to bring them in the house.  I think you did the right thing for sure.

Nov 22, 2015 04:50 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Unless it is a pet related to a disability it does not fly with me.

Nov 22, 2015 12:58 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I have not had that happen.  If it did, I would ask them to leave it in the car.

Nov 22, 2015 11:34 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I think it is very inconsiderate to the seller.  If it's too hot or cold to leave them in the car, they should have made arrangements otherwise.

Nov 22, 2015 11:33 AM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

I agree with Jack's answer to this question.

Nov 22, 2015 11:09 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Not Unless it is a service dog; otherwise no pets.

Nov 22, 2015 09:32 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I know many people like to give their dogs a ride but when it comes to going inside homes or letting the dogs use the lawns of listed properties that is not appropriate.

Nov 22, 2015 08:39 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Richard L. McKinney P.A. you did the right thing in my book.

Nov 22, 2015 08:02 AM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

No. No and No. The liability alone.What if seller had allergies? What if dog wets the floor ?

Nov 22, 2015 07:31 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I would absolutely not let a buyer bring a pet into a home.

Nov 22, 2015 07:11 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Taking pets when looking at homes is a big no no.

Nov 22, 2015 05:41 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not allowed out of the car

Nov 22, 2015 04:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Service animals yes --- but household pets no.   

Nov 23, 2015 01:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This has rarely happened in my experience and if a dog comes along, they are often little bitty dogs in a purse. I would not allow someone to bring a dog on a leash into someone else's home without permission.

Nov 22, 2015 08:37 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No sir not in this area vacant or not.  

Nov 22, 2015 08:35 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would advice the buyers not to bring the pet as we would need home owners' permission.

Nov 22, 2015 08:31 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I'm a huge dog lover, but this is ridiculous.  I would handle it just the way you did.  

Nov 22, 2015 08:27 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The dog stays in the car or no showing! But that is just me!

Nov 22, 2015 08:17 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I tell people like that , that I am not the owner, and I don't decide who gets to bring pets inside of someone else's house. I will call listing agent and ask. It's rude for someone to expect that they can bring their pet inside a home without first asking ahead of time. They really shouldn't even bring a dog onto the property.

Nov 22, 2015 08:07 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Monday morning Richard. I would say that that would be very disrespectful of the seller's property.

Nov 22, 2015 05:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I don't allow it. It can stay in their car if they drive themselves...

Nov 22, 2015 02:54 PM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

I had a family that wanted to bring their dog to see homes. One time they tried to bring the dog into a home where another dog was present. I thought that was crazy and asked them to keep the dog outside. 

Doesn't really seem right to me to bring pets into other people's homes. What if they have allergies? Or a cat? I just think it's better not to bring dogs into the homes I'm showing. 

Nov 22, 2015 09:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I had the same situation about two weeks ago Richard, except the buyer wasn't of the "where I go, the dog goes" mindset.  I arrived and the buyer was in the street letting her small dog walk around.  I had no issue with the dog coming in (vacant house) and the dog was carried like a baby until we got to the back yard.


I don't know if I'd have done the same for a large dog though, especially one that is a "prohibited breed" on most insurance policies.

Nov 22, 2015 08:32 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I've had buyers bring their dogs to showing, but never insisted the dog go inside. I wouldn't allow that. 

Nov 22, 2015 08:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would tell them that they can not take a pet into a house that is being offered for sale. Leave the pet in their vehicle.

Nov 22, 2015 05:38 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Richard buyers should not be bringing their dogs along!   There would be a ton of liability should something happen to the home or a person. 

Nov 22, 2015 05:25 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

No, the dog can not come inside. I will not take a dog in my car showing property either.... allergy

Nov 22, 2015 05:05 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

<-- The CFO has sold LOTS of property (mostly commercial and land)!
But I digress.
We have to be EXTREMELY respectful of people's homes. A vacant is 'maybe' OK, but the rule of thumb must be, pup in truck. I 'get' dog people and they want their baby near. And give me one well-behaved canine over 3 maniacal human children any day. But it's all in the arrangements, PRIOR.

Nov 22, 2015 04:55 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I prefer dealing with sellers for many reasons, and never meet someone who calls off a sign.  We always meet at the office, do the paperwork, then schedule a time to go look at homes.

Feb 13, 2019 09:59 PM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

lol thanks everyone

Nov 28, 2015 09:05 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Richard - I am a dog person, and a dog lover, but they should not be previewing homes with their owners. Leave the dog, or any pet, outside.

Nov 24, 2015 09:47 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Well, I don't guess I care as long as they take their own vehicle and leave them in the car.

Nov 23, 2015 06:56 AM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

I LOVE dogs. But oh wow, I can see it now: "wagging tail destroys priceless vase in one swipe". Who pays? Not me!

(Of course, one shouldn't leave a priceless vase in the home while it's listed, but that's another story.)

As others have mentioned it gets complicated. Pocket dogs you might not even notice at all, but does that make it ok? Assistance dogs have to be let in, but then what if the seller left a cat or dog loose in the house and they react badly to the service dog? 

Interesting question Richard L. McKinney P.A. . :0)

Nov 23, 2015 05:18 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richard L. McKinney P.A. - luckily, I work with buyers who rarely have pets.

Now things could change, however, I'll have to let them know that it is not a good idea to do so.

Nov 23, 2015 03:33 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

As long as they don't mark their territory, I don't really care.  Most of the time, they leave them on a leash at the front porch.

Nov 22, 2015 11:57 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard L. McKinney P.A. I've never had this happen. In any case I would not allow them to bring the dog into the house.

Nov 22, 2015 10:27 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Pet do not need to be a part of the process.

Nov 22, 2015 09:20 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Dog should stay in the car, or outside on a leash, as you suggested, whether the home is vacant or not. I'm with you on this one.

Nov 22, 2015 09:04 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Buyers need to respect the homes they are viewing. Dogs need to be left at home when looking at homes!

Nov 22, 2015 08:42 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Richard, it depends on the homeowner's requirement.. 

Nov 22, 2015 12:35 PM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

First of all a call off the sign would have to meet me at the office and at that time I would advise the buyers that the dog could not come into the house. I understand that they love the dog but if he lifts his leg etc. in the house guess who will be blamed. 

Nov 22, 2015 06:11 AM