Not only can big dogs take a bite out of crime -- they can definitely take a bite out of your sales.
Years ago I had a great listing. Great price and in a popular neighborhood. My Sellers were wonderful.
But they had two huge dogs. They were Pit Bulls. The sellers insisted on keeping the dogs in the house, but in their kennels so the house could be shown.
The sellers said Crista was viscous and a little bit crazy. I think even they were a little bit afraid of Crista. They even locked her up when friends visited.
One day I got a frantic call from another agent. She was at the door but could hear the dog barking. We set an appointment for the next day - her buyers really wanted this home.
Next day the sellers confirmed the dogs were locked up tight -- but the same thing happened so I raced over. I could hear the dogs clear in the back of the house.
I opened the door and leading the way started through the house. The other agent and buyers were not trusting and stayed way back. I kept talking to the dogs as I walked.
Finally, I came around the corner in the back and looked at the kennels --- and then I stared at Crista who was not in her kennel. She was growling and I think my heart stopped.
Anyway, I kept talking calmly (I don't know how) to Crista and started backing out. In the same tone of voice I asked everyone to get out first - to stay out of my way and most important - not to shut the door.
Somehow I made it out with Crista only feet away as we went all the way back through the house. I have to admit, I slammed the door as I left.
The buyers and agent decided that it was enough and were gone. The sellers could not believe that Crista had managed to escape her kennel and even more they were astounded that she had not had me for lunch.
I learned if you want to sell your home - let the animals get a head start on moving because I will not list it if there are dogs in the house.
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