Many years ago right after I left the Navy and we moved to Cincinnati, Liz and I rented a house. We had a few Shelties, and it didn't take us long to realize that living in a rental with kids next door that liked to tease our dogs was just not ideal.
So we started looking for our first home (this was LONG before we became real estate agents). Our criteria was fairly loose. A certain budget, a certain distance from my engineering work, and a certain amount of dog friendliness to our home.
This was pre-Internet days, so we did like a lot of buyers and just walked into a real estate office and started working with the duty agent. They were nice enough, but they were hauling us around in their car with more than enough fast food trash on the floorboards at our feet. And the ultimate deal breaker was they kept showing us homes above our price range.
Fortunately some friends had just retired and became real estate agents. I know, we hired someone with almost no experience, but we trusted them to listen to us and take good care of us, and they did. It wasn't long before we were standing on the back deck of a home with the woods overhanging the back deck. The home came with 2.5 acres of woods, the neighbor on one side had another 16 acres and on the other side another neighbor had 20 acres of wooded land. Perfect privacy, we literally couldn't see any of the neighbors!
Now the house wasn't anything fancy. A modest sized ranch with an unfinished basement, but had everything we needed. A 20 minute drive down the interstate to my engineering job (I was working nights at the time and spending a LOT of hours at the plant). In our budget. Dog friendly. So we bought it! With some help of friends a few big Uhaul truck runs we were moved in.
Now over two decades later, almost nothing about our house but the framework and concrete is the same. We've made it our own, remodeled and changed as we needed. We cleared out some of the woods for a nice kennel set up. Added a second laundry room downstairs with a huge washing sink that's perfect for our Chihuahuas (that's another thing that changed after the last Sheltie went over the Rainbow Bridge).
So when a buyer approaches us and chief among their needs is buying a home that accomodates their pets, we totally get it!
We understand that finding the perfect house AND the perfect yard for our furry friends is important. So we'll consider the community rules regarding pets and fencing. How busy is the street? Is it going to be too easy for the pets to find themselves loose in the front yard or the street? How easy will it be to take the dogs out to take care of "business"? No ground level exit to the backyard? It's something to consider.
It's tougher to find that perfect combination of the yard and home, but we get it. We won't rush you because we understand how important the pets are to the home.
Need help with buying or selling a home in greater Cincinnati?
Just give us a call at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Bill & Liz aka BLiz
Serving Warren County Ohio & Adjacent Areas
The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747
William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109 Kentucky 77938
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