Dr. Karen  Lewis, Broker 954-2489149, No Compromise When it Comes to Our Clients! (K1 Realty Group)

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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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      Dogs and cats need to be out of sight and out of mind.   Cage, leash, chain, car trunk, anywhere but inside the house.  And those dog dishes, cat litter boxes, etc. should also be put away.

Apr 28, 2017 06:13 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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The pet should be neither seen nor heard, really. 50% of the people are pet people and 50% aren't. No point in taking a risk. Take the pups for a walk or relegate the kitty to an out-of-the-way place.

Apr 28, 2017 05:36 PM
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Allie Angeloni
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No matter how adorable, I would much prefer to have pets in a crate or taken away for Showings Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor.  Now that being said, I have had older folks have their pets out, too.  I'm always very cautious so that they don't 'run out that front door', and fortunately there haven't been any that I could not control (barking-wise). 

Apr 28, 2017 06:51 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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If possible pets should be removed from the home, not just put in the garage or in a portable kennel in the basement. I do not let buyers bring pets into a home on showings , I explain to them that the sellers may have pet allergies.

Apr 28, 2017 06:04 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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No dog should ever roam around a home when there are strangers there. Cats I care less about... they usually disappear anyway.

Apr 29, 2017 04:52 AM
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I'm with Candice A. Donofrio !

Apr 28, 2017 05:49 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Pets are wonderful but not when a home is on the market for sale.  It's best if they and any evidence of them are removed during showings.   

Apr 29, 2017 03:32 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Out of the house if at all possible but, crated if not!  Definitely don't leave them loose during showings! 

Apr 28, 2017 10:29 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
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I'm an animal lover, but even a crated dog is distracting.  I'm not fond of having to pay attention to make sure the cat doesn't run outside either. These things all distract from what should be front of mind, the house itself. -Kasey

Apr 28, 2017 10:04 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
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I think the comments say it all. Out of sight, out of mind.

Apr 28, 2017 09:01 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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Remove or crate...they must be out of sight or out of the house. Doing that with a seller right now.

Apr 28, 2017 08:31 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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I always ask that they contain the pets and if possible to remove them from the property during showings, especially it they are growlers and barkers.

Apr 28, 2017 07:32 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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Depends on the pet, but in general, it is better to lock a pet(pets) in one of the room, some people have terrible allergy. On my open houses, if a cat or pet have to stay home, I close that door and stick a note on a door why the door should be closed. 

Apr 28, 2017 10:06 PM
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Melissa Jackson
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I suggest pets not be at the property. All their pet gear needs to be out of sight. 

Apr 28, 2017 08:21 PM
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Lynnea Miller
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Pets should be away when buyers a checking out the home. Sometimes people will leave shy cats, but dogs should always be away. I have heard horror stories of agents attacked by "friendly" dogs when their territory (home) is invaded by strangers.

Apr 28, 2017 07:42 PM
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Pets should be put away somewhere safe, or in the back yard.  Why take a chance on upsetting a buyer, or loosing a pet?

Apr 28, 2017 06:39 PM
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Will Hamm
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kennel it for the showing.

 

Apr 28, 2017 06:29 PM
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Theo Shaw
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I second the motion that pets should be invisible or gone.  Many people are allergic to pet hair and dander.  I also know people who are afraid of various animals.  What if your sellers' pet is a 7 foot long snake?  How many buyers will be so creeped out that they can't muster up any warm feelings for the house?  Why jeopardise the showing, and possibly, the sale by letting the buyers meet the pets? 

Apr 28, 2017 06:10 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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The pet has to take a back seat....

Apr 28, 2017 06:00 PM
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Joe Pryor
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Take the pets with you or put them in a cage during the showing. Taking them is the best way.

Apr 28, 2017 05:44 PM
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Scott Godzyk
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It is best the pets are removed. Some crate them which can be ok if the pets are not barkers

Apr 29, 2017 05:29 AM
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Depends on the pet

Apr 29, 2017 05:20 AM
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Lyn Sims
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Never a good idea to have the pets tour with the buyers. Too much distraction & I have found there are too many types that are afraid of dogs, even cats.

Yes, fluffy must be taken away or put in a safe corner somewhere. 

I can't believe WHERE people put the litter box. Why is it always in view?

Apr 29, 2017 05:07 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
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Depends on the personality of the pet, If a overly friendly dog I tell them to take it for a ride , not all people are pet people so best not to have them there

Apr 29, 2017 04:08 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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Pets should be removed from the house and/or put somewhere safe. I happen to like dogs and cats but many people don't and/or are allergic.

 

Apr 29, 2017 03:18 AM
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Eve Alexander
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...and then there are the listing agents who say the dog is friendly...sure, when the owner is home...otherwise they are either protective or fearful.

Fred Griffin said it best.

Eve

Apr 29, 2017 02:54 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Karen,

I agree with Fred Griffin 

Apr 28, 2017 10:05 PM
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Fred Griffin nailed it!

Apr 28, 2017 08:12 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
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Best to have dogs out of the house, some people are afraid of them. Cats don't like to leave, but should be in a separate room with a warning not to let the cat out. I had a cat bite a little girl during a showing; she was bleeding (she did pet the cat, the cat did not attack her).

Apr 28, 2017 06:24 PM
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please contain all pets

Apr 29, 2017 06:24 AM
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Susan Haughton
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I am a hard core animal lover, so for the sake of the pets, I firmly tell sellers the pets must be removed from the premises, if possible, or very well secured during showings.  I absolutely do not want pets to get outside or left out by accident.

From a human perspective, it can be a turn off for buyers to deal with animals.  

Apr 29, 2017 05:59 AM
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Carol Williams
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I agree with the consensus.  AND, keep in mind because many people are allergic to animals every effort should be made to keep pet hair cleaned up as best possible at all times.  You don't want to deter those folks from a thorough preview of the home.   

Apr 29, 2017 05:45 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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If possible, I try to get the sellers to take the pets out of the house.  Otherwise, they need to be crated.

Apr 29, 2017 05:27 AM
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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
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Always put them away since the focus is on the home not on the pets.

Apr 29, 2017 05:07 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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I don't want that pit-bull or Rottweiler locked in one of the bedrooms if that is what put away means. Take those big fellows for an ice cream. Have one listing with two great saints and you could saddle those size dogs up... they make huge moon pies to watch out for touring the back field of the 10 acres around the home.

Apr 29, 2017 03:44 AM
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Noel Mayer
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I stopped by.

Apr 29, 2017 03:04 AM
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FN LN
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The former.

Apr 29, 2017 12:08 AM
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William Feela
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They must be contained so that none get out of the home

Apr 28, 2017 08:36 PM
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Much as the old saying about children The pet should be neither seen nor heard, really. 50% of the people are pet people and 50% aren't.

Apr 11, 2018 07:12 PM
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Joan Cox
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If at all possible, remove the pet for showings.  Showed a home yesterday where the cat followed us everywhere, got in front of us, and did nothing but meow.

May 01, 2017 11:33 AM
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Pets should be out of sight, sound and smell.

May 01, 2017 06:43 AM
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Pets and their toys, accessories, food, dishes, etc. need to be out of sight and mind.

Apr 30, 2017 09:29 AM
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Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor - I suggest pets to out of the house when there is a showing.

Apr 29, 2017 10:56 PM
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Bob Crane
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Best to take them with the seller of put into a kennel.

Apr 29, 2017 09:09 PM
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Yes, I ask them to take them or crate them if that is something they normally do.

Apr 29, 2017 08:00 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Prefer thay are removed during showings. They can be a big distraction!

Apr 29, 2017 07:57 AM
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Pets and their dishes ideally need to be gone ... with the sellers during showings. 

Apr 29, 2017 07:44 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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Put them away

Apr 29, 2017 07:27 AM
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Nathan Gesner
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Yes! Pets should be removed from the property completely. If that's not possible, they can be put in a kennel or something. I love animals but I do not want them jumping on people, barking, clawing, etc.

Apr 29, 2017 07:10 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I always recommend  they, and their paraphernalia, be out of sight and sound

Apr 29, 2017 06:55 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor Pets should be contained. Not everyone is a pet lover. They should not be allowed to roam the house with the potential buyer.

Apr 29, 2017 06:51 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Always crate them or take them out - tried to show a house today but the owner had to be there so the dog wouldn't get upset

We passed on the house!

Apr 29, 2017 06:48 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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Pets should be GONE or invisible.

In cases where that does not work well, Sasquatch will apply the leash and provide the 'full service' most agent can only dream of.

Under no circumstances are pets allowed free range. Not because that pet is a problem, but because we just don't know what will walk through the door, like a buyers agent who allow their client to bring an untrained critter. Of course it is a alleged 'service' pet achieved by a Drs letter NOT by special training of the critter.

Apr 29, 2017 05:14 AM
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They need to be out of the house.

Apr 29, 2017 05:06 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Ideally, they should not be in the home.

Apr 29, 2017 04:38 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Door #1

Apr 29, 2017 04:07 AM