Pet-Friendly Big Rapids Real Estate Gains in Buyer Appeal

Pet-Friendly Big Rapids Real Estate Gains in Buyer Appeal

Big Rapids Real Estate owners don’t have to be pet owners to get a sense of just how nutty Americans are about our animals. ­Just a few minutes of watching TV will do it. ­After you’ve been bombarded with the images of happy/sad/exuberant/listless cats and dogs who are saved/rewarded by the pet products in the commercials, you won’t doubt that $60.59 billion is being spent on pets this year. ­It becomes clear how Fido and Kitty can afford to foot the bill for so much of today’s prime time television.

Another fact — one that directly relates to Big Rapids real estate — is that slightly more than 56% of all American households are said to include a pet. ­The ASPCA says that 37%-47% of households have a dog, and 30%-37% of households have a cat (as far as the cats are concerned, it’s the cats that have the households, not the other way around). ­Whether or not Fido and Kitty are part of your own family, this does give rise to how important the real estate concept of “pet-friendly” homes has become.

Consideration:

Does your finicky cat need a room of his or her own­ ­Does your MegaDog require a large yard­ ­Space is always a leading qualification when you go to assess minimum real estate requirements for your Big Rapids family, but since 68% of families include pet needs in their calculations, that is one of the basics Pet Friendly Big Rapids Real Estatethat qualify a property. ­That’s why it makes increasing sense to emphasize pet-friendliness. ­For instance, if the back yard has a low or not very restrictive fence, a proactive seller might research the cost of installing an invisible fence. ­Even if they don’t go ahead and actually put it in, having a bid in hand showing that the cost is reasonable could be enough to sooth pet-owning prospects’ concerns.

Consideration:

Although pet owners are unambiguous about considering the four-footers to be family members, that’s not a universally shared concept. ­If you don’t see (or hear) any signs of pets in a prospective neighborhood, buyers should make certain that a property they are thinking about buying doesn’t carry restrictions that could cause pet turmoil. ­Local ordinances and neighborhood associations can enforce restrictions on the number and kind of pets.

Consideration:

Along with the growing popularity of pets have come a number of pet perks that have real estate implications. ­Pet amenities like dog parks are becoming more and more common in newer communities (in some areas, a movement is afoot to feature dog- and even cat-friendly cafes and public buildings).

I hope you will give me a call if you are embarking on a Big Rapids house-hunting exploration­­, or are preparing to list your own property­­­­­ this summer. ­Pet accommodation is only one dimension I’ll help you make sure is fully addressed!­ ­

Terry Reeves
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