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You should see the looks or moments of awkward silence when I tell people I make many of my daily/life choices based upon my fur kids. No, I’m not consulting my fur babies about my every move (seriously who consults their children about everything?) BUT I am keeping their well-being at the forefront of the decision making process. So it was nice and validating to see that other Millennials are doing the same, especially when buying homes:
Keeping pets happy appears to be a millennial priority. For this demographic, 79 percent of pet-owning homebuyers who closed on a property this year said they would pass up an otherwise perfect home if it didn’t meet the needs of their pets, according to a Realtor.com survey.
Everyone moves, the average American moves 11.4 times in their lifetime. Now one of the top reasons for moving is to have more space due to a growing family. With many Millennials holding off on having children, the need for more space ties directly in with their pets:
Evans knows this firsthand, because she is also a real estate agent with mostly millennial clients. On their wish lists: first and foremost, outdoor space — a yard or at least a park within walking distance.
And owners with older pets often have concerns about stairs. More affluent buyers want a dog grooming station in the mud room. Also, being near pet-friendly restaurants and pet supply stores is a big plus, especially for young urban buyers who might not have a car.
With home sales slowing down (yes it’s slowing down, look at the data and stop listening to realtors), contractors, realtors, mortgage brokers and other real estate professionals may want to pay more attention to pet parents. Seek out better and innovative ways to serve them:
Take it from me: Happy Pet Happy Life
Tell us, do you base many important decisions such as renting or buying a home around your pet?
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