What is it About Real Estate Agents and Dogs?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY
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MaxThis is one of those topics I have been meaning to write about for a dog's age (sorry) and I finally have the time and inspiration to do just that. 

It is my view that an inordinate percentage of real estate agents are dog lovers. Canine devotees. Poochophiles. And they aren't just dog owners, they rescue them  adopt them, and give them foster homes. When I peruse Facebook, I can bet that the people who are posting about a dog that needs a home are real estate licensees. 

My very non-scientific observation in my 44 years is that a higher percentage of real estate people are dog people than any other occupation I know. Their dogs were always in their print and home magazine ads, they are on their web pages, in their cars, and often in their offices. They love their dogs. Actually, I should say WE love our dogs because I am one of them. We own a rescued 90 pound purebred German Shepherd who is a big goofy loveball, thinks I am the cats meow the greatest guy in the world, and adores the children. Before Max we had two yellow labs, Logan and Bella, and Logan was also a rescue who was nursed back from heartworm and near death. 

I was around dogs when I was a kid. That's my excuse. Do dogs cause people go go into real estate, or is it something else that causes the canine mania in so many of my colleagues? 

I actually think that the dog things does go hand in hand with a love of homes. Dogs make a house a home. They bring love and warmth, companionship and warm fuzzies. And when you are all about a home, a dog is not a far leap. 

But I think it is deeper than that, and I think what I am about to say should make our profession proud. We have compassion. By and large we are a benevolent group. Sure, there are some crummy, mercenary shazbuts in our ranks but overall we're a home loving (often dog loving), softed hearted crowd. If we weren't we wouldn't be so devoted to our furry family. 

Reading so many blogs and listening to my own team of agents, we lose sleep over our clients. We mother hen. We worry. We SO want them to win. We invest our selves and our efforts in a happy outcome for them. We literally bet our income we can make a difference for them. The public might think that all we see is a commission, but that's the minority. When we look at our clients, we see a noble mission. Is it any wonder that so many of us see the same when we look into a dog's eyes? 

That's my theory- any other ideas? 

Duchess, around 1978

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We love dogs!  Our dog especially :-)  I really wish that the public really did know how much we worry about them, their transaction, lose sleep trying to make sure it is all going well for them.  It's unfortunate that we have the perception of just looking for the next commission, because truly that isn't the case.  Of course it is our business and we need to make money, and we wnat to make money, but we really do care about our clients as well. -Kasey

January 28, 2012 04:30 PM
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Phil- two dogs, four cats... all rescues are in our life right now.  And there's the memory of all those who came before.  And clients... especially the young ones... my husband says I take to raise.

January 28, 2012 06:38 PM
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Jill Sackler
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Never thought about it before, but it's true. There are an awful lot of dog lovers here on AR. It must be the gentle, nurturer, caretaker in us that makes us such great real estate agents.

January 28, 2012 07:11 PM
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I love my chocolate lab. We rescued him from a home where for his first 4 years he was locked in kitchen all day and not allowed to go outside because he would run off. Now, 8 months later, I hope he has no memory of that horrible home he was in. Now he has 2 acres to run on and lots of love.

 

January 29, 2012 10:42 AM
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Philip...Loved the cats and dogs I had before I became a Realtor but I do think many of us are very caring individuals.  

I just mentioned to my husband this evening that I planned to take our pup to the office with me tomorrow.  I really miss her when I'm gone and he's going to be out playing golf in the morning so off Lindy will help me get some work done.

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Phil Faranda is broker and owner of J. Philip Real Estate LLC in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Since founding the firm as a sole practitioner in late 2005, the team has grown to over 30 agents & closed 350+ transactions valued at $140 million. He is in his 4th term as Vice President of the HGMLS. This blog commentary is geared toward consumers and industry colleagues alike. You can reach him at (914) 723-8900.
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