Cary NC Real Estate Adventures: "So... Where will the litter box go?"

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts

"Litter Box Alcove" is not a common feature in a real estate listing. 

But, to millions of Americans,  a place to put the cat's litter box is a serious consideration and a desirable attribute in a home.  

We were looking at affordable condos in Cary this morning and I posed the question.

I had the nice lady back and forth on where it would go.  That condo had a couple of possibilities.  The townhome we viewed next just really had no place suitable for Kitty's relief station.  I'm sure that's why it didn't make the cut.

We decided that having a private and dignified spot for the litter box is just an overlooked design opportunity.

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Rainmaker
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Doris Freeman
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Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett

I had never thought about that, but your are so right it is important to many clients.

Have A Great Day

Jun 15, 2008 08:08 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Meow!   I mean... Thanks, Doris

Jun 15, 2008 08:17 PM #2
Rainer
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Mke, How funny - just another opportunity for a niche market... God bless,

Jun 15, 2008 08:18 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

OK, Cheryl, how do you stage around a multi-cat litter box?

LOL

Jun 15, 2008 08:22 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Mike, I have looked for all kinds of things, you know the spot for the Christmas tree but never the kitty toilet.

Jun 15, 2008 09:14 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Marchel,

Now you just KNOW that I like to get down to the nitty-gritty...

Jun 15, 2008 09:23 PM #6
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Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Raleigh, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngsville

Dang, I have a listing with animals and it is getting hit bad for animals. I wish I had this client for my HOME. not a townhouse or condo.

I believe we are going to have to put the litter box in the garage and make it off limits. The only reason for this on is because of the kittens that are not old enough to give away yet. We are two weeks out before we can give them away.

I need the understanding clients.

We are even going to replace the carpet at closing for those that are alergic to cats. Go figure.

I know you will find the perfect place for your client.

Jun 16, 2008 11:00 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Susan,

Isn't it interesting how you can go into a home and sometimes not even know they have a pet, and in another home it is overwhelming?

I am a little allergic to cats and dogs, and appreciate a home where the folks are fastidious.

Jun 17, 2008 06:26 AM #8
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I have discussed the issue of where the litter box will go with several clients, and you are right- if there's no place for the cat box, there's no place for the cat, there's no place for the buyer. But I never considered it a design flaw.

Jun 17, 2008 07:23 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Teri,

Not a flaw... A design Opportunity!

Jun 17, 2008 07:36 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.

Apparently you have missed out on the kitty room. Had some buyers where the cats had their own room.  It was quite entertaining for the cats in there.  They had like 4 cats and you would never have known (other than the scratching posts everywhere...

Jun 17, 2008 07:33 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Melina,

A kitty room sounds just right!

Jun 17, 2008 09:16 PM #12
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Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - Our family designs and builds custom homes for your family - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Things to add to MLS listing designations:

In Law Suite

Guest Suite

Kitty Box Alcove

Jun 18, 2008 11:21 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Penny,

With T5 in full disarray currently, I bet that they will be falling all overthemselves to implement those fields...

Jun 18, 2008 01:39 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC

Hey Mike,

Another sleepless night?  I think about "stuff" like that as well....

Dick Beals

 

Jun 18, 2008 06:51 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Dick,

Those weighty thoughts cost me a lot of beauty sleep.

Jun 18, 2008 08:53 PM #16
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