Photos with pets. Do they help sell the property?

Today I saw a listing with a Dog siting in the leaving room and I was wandering.  Have you ever used animals in your listings and if they helped you sell the property?

  • November 09 2012 - Rio Vista
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It's interesting to note that, even buyers who have pets don't want to see a homeowner's pet or evidence of them.  They don't like the smells of dog/cat food left out, cat litter boxes, cat/dog hair and the presence of pets.  And, a number of buyers are allergic to cats.
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Shai,

I have yet to hear a prospective home buyer coo over the picture of a pet in a listing.  With that said, I have certainly seen some photogenic pets in photos!  I've even seen pets that seem to enjoy having their picture taken, since they are in every picture in one way or another.

Chad Gray PA, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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I personally have not used photos of animals to promote the listings. Few times I came across listings where a separate photo with the pet was attached, with a note : Pets are welcome-(mostly rental listings in condominium complexes where pet restrictions may apply). On the other hand, I must agree with Pat. Buyers do not necessarily want to see the evidence of owner's pets.

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In show business, you never follow an animal act or a kid's act.

If they could require a release, don't use them in photographs!
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I always use a professional photographer when possible with no kids, pets, dirty dishes in the photos. Pictures say a thousand words. A pet in the photo could tell someone "oh they are dog lovers like me" or Oh darn what if it smells like dog pee and is dirty".
Your goal is to get them in the house with lots of beautiful pictures.

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when we say "declutter', that means the pets, too (I mean from the photos, not from the house!)

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No photos with pets do not help sell a property. It may discourage buyers with allergies from even looking at the home.
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