Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: We're In The Doghouse Now!

We're In The Doghouse Now!

say hello to BunnyMany 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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Comment balloon 12 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • August 24 2018 02:39AM


That was a nice story, Bill. And pets are an incremental part of home buying. When I write blogs about my listings, I often try to include a reference, especially for first-time home buyers, that hey how about a yard for a dog? If I spot an open kitchen, you know, open at two or more ends, that could be racetrack for your cats to run around in circles and chase each other or you can play hide-and-seek with the cats. OK, maybe I'm just talking about my own behavior, LOL.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 11 months ago

Great story, Bill. The moral of the story: Listening is one of the most important skills in being a successful agent. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 11 months ago

I remember the second house I purchased The agent just did not listen - Good story

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 11 months ago

Hi Bill- when we moved to FL over 30 years ago we decided to rent until we could get to know the area. The agent sitting across the desk from us looked us in the eye and told us that we would have to get rid of our 2 dogs (1 small and 1 medium sized) because no one would rent to us. I almost went for the jugular. We went to another agent and found a home immediately who would take our 2 dogs. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 11 months ago

Bill great story and you have a dog house, now Diane and I run a Cat House pun intended:))www.endrebarath.com

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 11 months ago

Pets are an important consideration when looking for a new home... sometimes more important than the humans!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 11 months ago

The first thing we did when we moved to our current home ( three years ago) was put up a fence to keep the dogs safe. We also got rid of the carpets and have dog friendly flooring surfaces. :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 11 months ago

Great story, and yes, pets are almost as big to some buyers as kids!  Every story is different.  Pay attention to what your buyers are saying, and let that lead you.

I, like you, wonder why agents show people homes that are over the price range they request. I tell them I will search $5,000 over their range.....If it is the right home, I feel sure we can get them down $5,000.

Posted by Woody Edwards, A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone! (First Choice Realty, Inc) 11 months ago

Hi Bill

That's a great story about your pets (and more) and a clear demonstration that you really DO understand and care. And also listen closely!

I have clients right now where the dog is a big part of the household and a yard is a must, even if modifications need to be made, like fencing.

Enjoy your weekend, and your pets!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 11 months ago

With reference to Kathy Streib's comment - After our house burned in 1985 we headed south for the winter, not realizing that with 2 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat we would not be welcome in Arizona. When one rental agent said he could rent to us with the smaller dog but we should have the larger one put to sleep, I told him exactly what I thought. "I suggest that you have YOURSELF put to sleep."

Lucky for my dogs, we have 20 acres. A yard in town, or even a couple of acres  would not be enough leg-stretching room for a "Texas hound" who runs like the wind and a 85# mixed breed. They love to chase each other around in huge circles, stopping here and there to wrestle.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 11 months ago

This looks like brilliant amazing wonderful! i’m just being the eternal optimist.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago

And may the memories live on forever! I wanted to add that much. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago