Do Pets Impact Home Buying Decisions?

We love our pets. 66% of U.S. households have a pet or plan to get one. So it’s no surprise that when we’re buying a new home, our pets impact our home buying decisions. But just how much influence do they have over our home buying habits? And what property features matter most?

Homebuyers & Pets

Our pets can influence what type of home we buy and where the home is located. 43% of survey respondents said they would move or change their living situation to accommodate their pet.

Many millennials (~37% of buyers) are now in the housing market, so it should come as no surprise that buyers are becoming more concerned with pet-friendly features. Research shows that 76% of millennials are proud pet owners and see their pets as more than just their animal companions. 2 out of 5 said they actually think of their pets as their kids, so it’s no wonder their pet’s comfort is important to them when choosing a home.

REALTORS agree pets are important to their buyers, with 68% stating that community animal policies influenced their clients’ decision to rent/buy in a particular community.

What Pet-Friendly Features Matter Most?

So if you’re a home seller, what pet-friendly features are homebuyers looking for? Almost half (49%) said that a fenced-in yard was the most important feature they’re looking for with pets. 27% said they wanted a home large enough for both their family and their pet (s). Other factors included flooring, a mud room/dog wash station, a dog door, animal pool/outside water feature, a cat litter closet, and a built-in pet food bowl/pet bed.

If you’re ready to buy or sell your home, pets or no pets, make sure you contact a HUNT Sales Professional today!

4 Open House Questions Answered for Home Buyers

There are a large number of articles out there that discuss what to do as a home seller during an open house. But what if you’re a buyer walking through your first open house? Make sure you review our FAQ before you go to your first open house.

Q: Is the agent showing the house always the listing agent?

A: Sometimes, but not always. The easiest way to find out if the agent holding the open house is the listing agent is to ask. Sometimes, agents hold an open house on behalf of another agent or is a member of the listing agent’s team.

Q: Should I ask if the agent any questions?

A: You should always feel free to ask the agent any questions about the home you’re viewing. Feel free to ask them questions about the home, neighborhood, and schools.

Q: How many homes should I look at before I make an offer?

A: There is no right or wrong number of homes to look at! You could look at 5 homes or 25 homes. Each homebuyer’s experience is difference. Your real estate professionals expertise can help you make an informed decision on what home to place an offer on.

Q: Should I take my shoes off before entering an open house?

A: Most homeowners appreciate when you remove your shoes before entering their home. Remember to be polite and respectful of someone else’s home. Most agents will have a sign at the door but even if they don’t, it’s just good manners.

Still have questions about what to do as a buyer at an open house? Be sure to check out our other blogs on attending an open house as a buyer:

5 Questions to Ask at Your Next Open House

How to Make the Most Out of an Open House as a Buyer

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