Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have not, but now you know why when I sell my house we will all be moving into a rental. No way no how is anybody getting the chance to let my dog out. And cats? Are you kidding me? They are genius flight risks. I also had a listing once for 10 min. where the POS people left their sweet little dog in the house all day and he walked around crying the whole time. It didn't try to escape, but I just hated those people.

Mar 07, 2016 11:22 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Blame it on the cat...

Mar 07, 2016 11:17 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

OK, even worse?  Once I had a cat swoop in when I opened the door.  I didn't think these sellers even had a cat!  There was no litter box, no cat hair anywhere, no food or water dish.  And I couldn't find the little guy!  

Talk about a panic attack!

Mar 07, 2016 10:56 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, but animals generally are no problem for me. The cats shy away from me because they can see I am carnivorously hungry and the dogs stay put hoping I will share.

Mar 07, 2016 10:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

A long time ago and I can't recall the buyer's reaction -- the cat was corralled.

I'm not a fan of those instructions.   

Mar 07, 2016 09:25 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Fortunately, we have never let a dog or cat out, and we are huge animal lovers Fred Griffin.  I don't want to be responsible for having to 'be aware'of someone's pet, so in a cage or kennel would be my exact response - I hear you!! 

Mar 07, 2016 01:43 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

DON'T LET THE DOGS OUT .. woof, woof, woof, woof!  Oh yeah, and a cat too!  Meow!!!!!!  Well it was amazing but my clients and I went on a scavenger hunt and found, captured and returned the sweet animal child to it's home surroundings, and then made a huge sigh of relief.  Messed up the showing, but we had oh so much stressful fun!  How do I feel about it?  I think Seller's should be more considerate of the people who are showing their homes and the buyers who are previewing the home and make it so that we can concentrate on why we are there.  We are not paid to doggie sit.  (oh and I Love dogs!)  So I don't want you to take this wrong.  Here are my doggies whom I love with a passion.  But would never leave in my house for someone else to have to worry about if I was selling my home.  Just sayin'My Sweet Doggie Family

Mar 07, 2016 12:28 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I did this two weeks ago, and was mortified.  The instructions even said that small dog was an escape artist.  

Mar 08, 2016 11:00 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Thankfully, I have never let an animal escape from a home.

However, as a dog socializer at the human society, a dog or two managed to get by me and take off running.  Thankfully, there is a code for that ... a team of people help, and the dog is captured.  It's actually kinda funny.

Mar 08, 2016 11:48 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have never let a cat or dog out, but have had a few get by me

Mar 08, 2016 11:29 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If the pet is outside, I don't go out there.  If it's inside the house, I probably won't show it.

Mar 08, 2016 04:30 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Never let one escape, but have seen instructions to let dogs out on deck; did, but not before one of the dogs peed right on the homeowners' nice dining room table leg.

Mar 08, 2016 02:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yes I did let a cat out but caught it right away.

I also let a cat it while holding an open house and found out from the owner that it was the neighbor's cat!

I hate those instructions and don't feel we should have that responsibility!

Mar 08, 2016 12:51 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

I think a cat got out once by someone I was showing the house to, but we brought it back home, thankfully!

Mar 07, 2016 11:52 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One time it happened when we were out of town and our house was being shown.  The room the cats were in was perfectly visible from the sliding glass doors outside. The agent did not follow instructions, there was a sign as big as life on the door!  Our cats were indoor/outdoor trained, and our neighbor (Keeper of the keys) brought them back in.  A

Mar 07, 2016 11:48 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I never did let an animal out...but if I know there's a dog loose in the house, we did not go one knows how a dog will react.... cats are not bad...dogs are another story....

Mar 07, 2016 11:14 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

So far no but there's always today.

Mar 07, 2016 10:56 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin Never happened to me. I did show a home once where there was a sign on the bedroom door to not let the cat out. We didn't look inside.

Mar 07, 2016 10:29 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes, a cat did successfully bolt for the door and found liberty in the outside expanses.

However, the escape was enable the the OWNER who opened the door and fluffy was humming "I gotta get outta this place!" and flashed through the legs of the visitors. The owner vacated the house while I toured with the buyers. Never saw owner or cat again.

Mar 07, 2016 10:14 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

So far, knock on wood, I haven't had a problem. I think it's a real pain when sellers expect you to watch their pet while we show the house. Some cats hang around, others are afraid & bolt.

I did show a house once where in the Master there was this knocking noise in the room. Both the buyers & I kept looking at each other like whaaa? Turned out it was a hysterial & shaking Doberman hiding under the bed. They had hardwood floors which was making the knocking noise lol.

Mar 07, 2016 09:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. However, I do not chase cats or dogs. 

Mar 07, 2016 09:44 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I had an open house and the cat got out . I had to have a neighbor help me get him in.

Mar 07, 2016 09:40 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

One little dog escaped and eventually got him back, but if the dog is prone to escape, a kennel, or locked room, or doggy gates or take for a walk or ride were ll options the seller had to consider after this. 

Mar 07, 2016 08:46 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The home had better fit the requirements or it might be avoided.

Mar 07, 2016 08:43 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Nope.  Won't show unless the animals are secured.

Mar 07, 2016 08:31 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

A couple of weeks ago, when I was at a customer's house and the cat got out.  Husband was impressed that I was able to get the cat back in the basement (because he couldn't).

Mar 07, 2016 07:59 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Personally I will not show property with animals unless they are in cage or locked room

Mar 07, 2016 07:39 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great pics here Fred!

Unfortunately we had a tragedy when one of our dogs got out on the day we moved into our current home a few years back.  My sons dog made it half way back to our old home before meeting an SUV.

It is important to keep them inside.

Mar 07, 2016 07:38 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I have and most the time I have been successful I have been successful in retrieving the furball.

Mar 07, 2016 05:58 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I haven't had such experience. I have cats myself, so I'm careful.

Mar 07, 2016 05:14 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Fortunately no!

Mar 07, 2016 04:00 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Now that is quite a picture!!! Funny!  I once had a buyer let a cat into a home and I kept looking for evidence of a cat living in the home...  it wasnt the sellers cat at all!!

Mar 07, 2016 03:24 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin I know this happened once to me - and had tough time getting the cat back in! Called listing agent about it.

Mar 07, 2016 03:05 PM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

Luckily, this hasn't happened to me.  Years ago I thought a huge angry dog was going to break through a window and attack me.  I didn't show that house.

Mar 07, 2016 01:44 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

No. However, I did accidently let a biting dog out of the laundry room.  a Pillow and I got him back in.  Fortunately no people or dogs were harmed.

Mar 07, 2016 11:35 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Working with a buyer last year. Instructions said, Don't let dog outside.  The buyer brought their 4 yr old son. He and his Mother did let the dog outside in back. I searched for doggy treats and finally got that little dog back inside.  I prefer people to make arrangements for their pets to be out or in a kennel. 

Mar 07, 2016 11:33 AM