So, I drive up to a showing yesterday, and there is a PITBULL standing on the front porch. He is tied up, but he’s on a 15 foot leash. I instantly flipped out, and refused to show the property. I apologized to my clients (one of whom is vastly pregnant) and was ready to get back in the vehicle, when one of my buyers decided to pull the leash and secure the dog so we could all enter. (I still did not want to show the property, but the buyer wanted to see it, so as long as he was able to keep the dog at bay, I was willing to open the door).
When we left the showing, the lock was broken and would not close. Eventually, we left the door open, and got into the van. I was steaming. I was fuming. I was seeing red.
It’s just so disrespectful.
Is it not, people? Please weigh in here, and tell me if I’m being totally irrational here. I’m interested in some opinions.
So I ring the agent, and explain what just happened, and he’s cool as a cucumber.
“Yah, don’t worry about that dog. He’s a good dog. He isn’t gonna do nuthin to ya,” He says, and he just leaves it at that.
“Well I am sorry, sir,” I exclaim, “But not everyone shares your feelings about PITBULLS.”
He didn’t say much after that. Didn’t even apologize. I let him know that the door was left open and that none of us felt like sticking around long enough to diagnose the problem with the broken lock because of the pitbull. He was pretty nonchalant about the whole thing.
I’ve never seen anything like it. In all my days of real estate.
OK. Let’s just forget about actual physical safety and respect for your fellow REALTORS. Let’s just put that aside. But tell me: how in the WORLD are you doing this client any favours by allowing him to keep a pitbull on site? You have to KNOW that his home isn’t going to sell. You have KNOW that buyers will be totally turned off. You have to KNOW that agents will get to the property and refuse to show. How? Why? WHY? (I’m sputtering like an old car here now.)
OK, now it’s your turn. Please tell me if I’m being WAAAAY too uptight about this. What’s your take? Go: