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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Satan is running loose....

This is not some religious right or whatever rant. Satan is a dog - a real dog.

I was showing properties some time ago and the showing instructions were simple. The owners are moving. There is a pit bull named Satan still here but he is in a crate. Pulled up, looked inside as the window treatments were already removed and, sure enough, Satan was running loose! We did not show this property.

On another occasion the showing instructions were "vacant, on an electronic lock box." Then the agent added "there are two pit bulls but they should be in their crate." I was young(er), (more) energetic (in case I had to run), and not as smart. I went in. Relief - no dogs anywhere. As I went around the corner I heard a frightening sound - yep, barking - aggressive sounding barking! They were in the crate and sleeping until I disturbed their tranquility.

I have had a couple of other near misses with pets. I have found there are two entities that you must work around when selling a property. Entities that can present a problem - pets and tenants. Neither is bad. However, each requires special handling!

As a seller, especially in the Brevard County, Florida market, you need to maximize your showings and make the absolute best impression possible. Having someone remember your home as the one with the dog is not the way!

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, Call me, please, if you are consider buying or selling a home in the Viera, Suntree, Rockledge and Cocoa areas of Florida's Space Coast!

[The doggie to the left is son's Boston Terrier. He is dangerous - may lick you to death!]

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