Pictured above is one of the reasons I work harder than the average agent. Her name is Phoebe and she is one of our feline family. At one point in time, we had two cats, then we found one stray that brought us three babies. She is one of the babies. Since having all six at one time, we have lost two and are now down to four.
Early on, when it was just the two cats and one of them became very ill out of nowhere, we were racking up a high vet bill just trying to figure it out. That cat was one year old at the time. My mother-in-law suggested, “just put him down.” To this day that angers me. You don’t give up on a family member because the going gets rough and expensive. Needless to say, she didn’t want to help out with the expense. Thankfully, my mother did. She’s always considered our cats her grand kitties. Beyond that, my mom simply has a love of all living things.
Being in a position to need financial assistance for my fur babies was most definitely uncomfortable. I had barely started my real estate career and we had just moved into a new home. Times were tight. I didn’t like that feeling.
To this day, one of the reasons behind my drive is to never have to rely on anyone else lending me money to care for our fur balls. Phoebe is being treated for cancer as we speak. She gets meds two to three times a day, depending. In the last four months she has gotten so much better. We may get a year or two longer with her. (The picture of her is one where she is finally enjoying her new cat bed.)
Certainly, I don’t want to be dictated to by way of need as to what I can or can’t do to take care of my pets. That’s on me, your full-time, professional, pet-loving Bristow/Gainesville Real Estate Agent. If you need real estate services when it is time to buy or sell, give me a call. I’m also happy to lend any referrals you need in the way of local veterinary services.
Being a Top Bristow/Gainesville Listing Agent for many years, I have been on more listing appointments than I can imagine. Trying to figure out who the decision maker in the family is during the appointment is critical. Sometimes, it is not always obvious. Would you believe that the decision maker in some cases ended up being the family cat or dog?
There have been more than a few incidences where I have sat down with sellers and identified who is the human decision maker, only to have the family cat or dog snuggle up with me. Having pets of my own, I know that if one of my standoffish cats warms up to someone, they are a special person in a good way. By the same token, if one of my friendly cats runs from someone or hisses, I will immediately wonder what it is they are picking up about this person. And usually, that person will end up being dishonest. Animal instincts can’t be denied.
One occasion I remember very well was sitting at a dining room table and what I was told to be a very shy cat, jumped up in my lap. The owners were shocked. She never did that to anyone. We put her down and she did it again. Twice! Third time, I just left her there and petted her while we went over numbers. When I heard I was hired, I asked what the deciding factors were. Of the two deciding factors, one was that their shy cat trusted me. The other was that I wasn’t a team and would handle them from beginning to end.
Another listing appointment involving a canine decision maker. The sellers and I sat on their couch, their shy dog having been hesitant to approach. As we talked over the course of an hour, the dog went from being petted to sitting next to me, to falling asleep with his head in my lap. When I asked the owners why they chose me, they said, “We liked you and so did our shy dog. Decision made!”
In both of the instances above, these were sellers who had either been blindly referred by a relocation service or found me online. Neither had any personal recommendation from a friend or family member, which is what is often very important to sellers when choosing a listing agent. In the end, they got their family member recommendation, but in the form of a normally non-trusting pet displaying affection for me.
Don’t misunderstand me, a dog or cat thinking a listing agent is wonderful is no substitute for a listing agent demonstrating their knowledge of the listing process, contract and market. It is also no substitute for offering professional, top notch marketing of a home. But when you combine all that with the trust of a shy pet, well, the decision is often locked up.
When it comes to pets, I understand how important they are, because I have my own furry family. Pets just pick up on who they can trust and who will not harm them. Not only will I be respectful and good to your pets, I am an excellent listing agent with negotiating skills beyond most and marketing skills that have been honed for nearly three decades. Let me know if I can help you with the sale of your Bristow or Gainesville home.
Everyone has something different that makes home feel like home. In our house, it is our furry family. Minx is pictured above, lounging in a late afternoon autumn sunbeam. The ottoman that her kitty bed is on was moved specifically under this window for her and our other furry family members to enjoy. Someone without pets may find this accommodation a bit whacky. The ottoman does look completely out of place and blocks a couple, rarely used dresser drawers. That’s okay. Our belief is that this is their home as much as it is ours.
What is that makes a house a home to you? Are you looking for something in particular for your furry family? A fenced yard for a dog? Lots of south facing windows for furry sunbeam lovers? You will never be judged by me for what you need to make ALL the members of your home happy.
Of course, when it’s time to sell, things like my ottoman here will need to be moved to make the house appeal to everyone and make a more blank canvas with endless possibilities. How we live is not how we sell. The good news is that listing preparation is a short term situation.
If you are looking for a pet friendly real estate agent in the Bristow/Gainesville area, get in touch with me. I’m here to help make your sale as stress free as possible and your house hunt as easy as possible.