Your family may call him
"Fido" -- but your real estate agent calls him "Fang"! A family pet
often presents a major challenge when a house is being marketed. This is a
sensitive issue for a Realtor to communicate to sellers.
Even though he is just doing "his job",
a dog's bark will sound ferocious to anyone who is knocking at the door. This is
usually a good thing, but when your home is on the market, Realtors will be
bringing a lot of strangers to the door. Most Realtors are concerned about the
unpredictability of dogs they don't know. When they are greeted by a barking
dog, they may not be willing to enter the house unless the owner is at home. If
your dog is confined to part of the house, such as a basement, be sure to put up
a sign informing people of that fact. Talk with your Realtor about the best way
to manage your pet while your house is being shown, and make sure that this
information is included in the MLS listing.