Aria Fleming, Sales Associate at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Miami
About five years ago, I had my first showing, in an upscale gated community in western Broward County. I represented the sellers, and I planned to show their five-bedroom, four-bathroom home, listed for $945,000, to two Nevada doctors. The only problem is that I would be out all day and would have no one to walk my 4-year-old rescue dog, Charlie, a cream Havanese. I talked to my clients and they said I could take Charlie with me. When the potential buyers arrived, they were greeted by Charlie, and they showed me a photo of their dog, Miles, who could have been Charlie’s brother. The buyers got so excited about the house and how dog-friendly the community was that they begged me not to show the house again and immediately made an offer. We took the house off the market that day and within a month it was sold to those buyers. Charlie was my lucky charm that day, and since then he has been an asset helping me convert leads. It’s the best $60 investment I’ve made in my career!
Steven Weisz, real estate agent at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Great Barrington, Mass.
I lived alone and I liked it – no roommates, no pets, no obligations. But a while back I sold the property of a woman who moved from the US to Mexico. She had a small Chihuahua and two cats, all rescuers who had had difficult lives before. The house was an old farmhouse in poor condition that I knew would be difficult to sell. I finally found a young couple willing to overlook the unfinished rooms and poor wiring, but a week before closing, the owner announced she couldn’t move because Mexico wouldn’t let her take all three animals. The owner panicked because she didn’t want to abandon the animals after rescuing them. Although I had sworn not to have any pets, I agreed to include the two cats – Mrs. Peach, an American Shorthair, and Eddie, a Siamese, to make the deal work. So now I live with two cats and the house has been sold. In hindsight, it was a good decision as they helped me stay healthy during the Covid lockdowns. In fact, I can’t imagine living without them. In the end it was a win/win for both client and broker.
Denise Snanoudj, real estate agent at The Agency, Sherman Oaks, California.
I recently sold a five-bedroom, four-bathroom house on a one-acre lot on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles with the help of my dog, Escrow. She is a 3 year old English Cream Golden Retriever that I include in much of my marketing who is a therapy dog at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Escrow likes to sit on my porch and watch people go by. When she sees someone, she runs to them with her toy, so she makes more friends than I do. Recently a neighbor walked by my house and stopped to ask my dog’s name. When I told her, she asked if I was a real estate agent. I said yes, and she said, “You’re exactly the person I need to talk to.” It turned out that her boss wanted to sell his house and had asked her to help him find a real estate agent. The neighbor coordinated a meeting, and the rest is history. I ended up listing the house and selling it for over $1 million above demand in just a month. And Escrow is now friends with my neighbor’s dog.
—Edited from interviews