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ALL Pet Friendly Condos for Sale in Edmonton

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

How do I find a Pet Friendly Condo in Edmonton that will allow both me and my pet to move in? Are pets allowed at Condos?  Get help finding the right home for you and your pet(s) with this Edmonton Pet Friendly REALTOR®.

You find a great home, you write an offer, all to find out that Fido isn’t allowed to come.  The property is not pet friendly, yet the MLS® listing said there were no restrictions,  how does this happen?  Well it happens all too often in Edmonton and Buyers with pets pay the price.

The search is probably frustrating for you when you try to find that feather or fur friendly home.  It’s a bone of contention with me, I love pets and think REALTORS® could work a lot harder to be more clear with listing this correctly. It doesn’t make up for the problematic system; however the best reason I can give you as to why you see discrepancies like this is because:

Many REALTORS® choose not to read the condo documents before they list a property. Many REALTORS® don’t look at condos docs, at any point. Perhaps even your buyers agent won’t look at condo docs for you.  Every agents services are different and industry standards are changing all the time.

The flip side of not looking at condo docs is just using the descriptors for this entry incorrectly.  You see, our system has been created with three options for pet restrictions the listing agent can pick from – NOPET, PETSR and N-KNOWN.

N-KNOWN – Unfortunately many pick NONE KNOWN, so they will not risk turning away potential buyers from seeing the home OR because they have not read the condo documents and therefore CANNOT say if there are any restrictions.

Not very helpful for pet owners, I know.

Click here to search all pet friendly condos for sale in Edmonton.

PETSR – This is supposed to mean PETS RESTRICTED BY BOARD – Height, weight, quantity and type of pet restrictions, all implemented by the condo corporation and you will most likely need to seek board approval before bringing your animals on site.

NOPET – This means exactly that – no pets, not even the ones that make bubbles as their loudest noise.

SO what’s the worst that can happen?  Well here’s a quick story:

My broker was telling me just recently about how an Agent in our office helped a client purchase their condo.  The client loved his cats and moved them into the property.  He had told his agent from the beginning that his pets were very important to him and he essentially bought a condo that did not allow pets.  The agent did not help him review the documents, and he didn’t bother to check the pet rules in the owner usage of the condo by-laws.  When the property managers found out he had pets in the unit, he was fined $250 /day /pet since he moved in.  He is un-impressed to say the least.

How can you be sure your fur babies will be permitted? – READ YOUR CONDO DOCS!!!!!  There is no other way to know.

I hope this information helps you.  I would love to be the REALTOR® to help you find you and your family your next home.  Are you aware that REALTOR® services are free for buyers?  That’s right, both ends of the transaction are paid for by the seller.  My help comes at no cost to you.

Contact me to save thousands on your next home.

Sincerely,

Jeanine

Tips for Selling a Pet Occupied Home.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Selling your home can be a fun process, however it can sometimes also be a little stressful. Selling your home when you have pets offers some extra challenges, what to do with your furry family members while the home is being shown is one of the many questions this Realtor gets asked frequently. Unfortunately, not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. It is important to consider why people may have a negative reaction to our pets so that we can remove any possible barriers in order to sell your home. There are many reasons that some buyers may have such reactions, allergies, fear of certain animals, and smells generally top the list. Here is a list of things to consider when selling your, and your pets home.

What should I do with my pet during the showing?

Some homeowners will get a pet sitter, or bring their pets with them when they leave to allow showings in their home. If this is not an option for you, you may consider putting your furry friend in a crate, in a quiet room to keep them safe and out of the way of the potential buyers. The other advantage to this is that you as a pet owner won’t have to worry about your pets making a mad dash for the door. If your pet is absent then it will not be a distraction for the buyers as they walk through the home.

What should I do with my pets toys during the showings?

The best practice is to remove your pets toys and other accessories that we all have to keep our pets happy. If buyers have to step over toys and have to watch out for water dishes and pet food, this could distract them from seeing the whole potential of your house. Don’t forget to remove those pet beds as well as some buyers may see them as dirty.

What about any smells?

Dealing with pet smells can be a bit tricky. A vacuum will help, but a professional steam cleaning is the most effective way to get rid of smells in the carpet. Stains in the carpet may detract from the overall beauty of your home, use a pet spot remover to help with this, or consider replacing carpet. Bedding is also another place that pet smells tend to linger. If you’re like this Realtor and your pets sleep on the bed don’t forget about cleaning the bedding before a showing. A wash of the walls will also help to give your home a nice clean smell, and don’t forget about those windows. Cat and dog nose prints on the sliding glass door may be just another part of your daily life but it may discourage buyers from seeing your house as their home. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily and puppy training pads should also be removed.

A few final things to remember is to clean up any messes your pets may have left outside, having animal droppings in the backyard will make it seem less welcoming, so don’t forget to clean up the outside as well as the inside of your home. Selling a house with a pet can bring a little extra work, but in the end your extra effort will pay off with the successful sale of your home and hopefully the purchase of a new home for you and your furry family members.

And That’s The Cats’ Meow.

Pets in the City

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Are your pets licensed? The City Of Edmonton has started a campaign called ‘Pets in The City’, the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the licensing requirements for pet owners. Being a responsible owner is much more than just giving your pet adequate care, food, water and shelter. You are also responsible for their actions.

All cats and dogs older then 6 months of age require a valid pet licence and tags from The City of Edmonton. Even your indoor cats need to be licensed as they can slip out open windows or doors from time to time. Having your pet identified with either a microchip or a tattoo is a great way to ensure that you can be contacted in the event your pet goes missing, however these are not replacements for a proper pet licence. So why should you license your pets? It’s the law for one but there are other reasons behind licensing your pets.

Licensed Cats Come Home

Even indoor cats can slip away and become lost in the city, since most cats in Edmonton are not licensed, few unlicensed cats are returned to their homes. Ensuring that your cat wears a valid license, will allow the city to contact you when your cat is found. The license cost for a spayed/neutered cat, is only $20. The cost to you for not having a valid pet licence stands at $250.

They are Safest at Home

Allowing your cat to wander could lead to overturned garbage and irritated neighbours. Far more seriously, your roaming cat could get lost, hurt or even killed. Roaming cats face many dangers, including vehicles, other people’s pets, animal cruelty and wildlife. Keeping your cat indoors, safely confined to your property or walked using a harness and leash will help keep it out of harm’s way. It will also save you money; the fine if your cat is caught on private property is $100.

For more information on pet licences you can contact The City of Edmonton by calling 311 or by emailing your questions to 311@edmonton.ca. Pet licences can also be purchased online through The City of Edmonton’s website edmonton.ca .

And that’s the Cats Meow.

Come and Find us at The Edmonton Pet Expo this weekend…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

This weekend, January 19 & 20, 2013, Edmonton and the City of Edmonton will host the annual Edmonton Pet Expo in the Expo Center of Northlands.

I hear that Buttercup can handle the board and for an English Bulldog, that is some fancy paw action.

Dockdogs however has really caught my attention.  For those of you that know me well, I have a dockcat; Sailor.  I have seen her jump into the pacific northwest and hang out, swim with the seals, and hop back onto the floating thumbs.  Should be a show worth catching.

Wiener races, Understanding Dog Body Language, Dog Sports and Flyball, Zero Gravity Disc Dog and Petting Zoo with Pony Rides. ( I sure hope there is a baby kangaroo)

Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5

Be sure to pick up winters copy of Edmonton Pet Connect and check out our ad on the Services Page.

 

Edmonton Pet Expo with Jeanine Boutet, The Cats Meow

Find us at the Edmonton Pet Expo, this weekend.

Look for us and come over and say hi, Now that would be the Cats Meow.