Buying your home for Fluffy, Fido or the kiddos


The National Association of Realtors and Zillow found that children and pets are influencing home buying decisions.

About 15 percent of buyers said their pets influenced their decision to buy a house near a veterinarian or doggy park.

Texas real estate expert Troy Olson said buying a home isn't just about the house anymore--take in other factors like your children or even furry babies.

He said he currently has a seller who had a pet, but the new buyer doesn’t.

"The door would be replaced back to what it was when she built it new, because the buyer doesn't have dogs and doesn't want a doggy door," said Olson.<PSI_END_OBJECT>

He also has a buyer, with a Labrador and a Beagle, who is downsizing from a single family home with a back yard and pet door into a pet friendly high-rise building, but has to take into consideration home owner association restrictions and costly pet fees.

Olson said and homeowner’s children is a big factor, especially moving and staying not only in the same school district, but in the same school zone.

"When you're 16 years and you've gone to the same school and now just to up and move, that becomes a challenge," said Olson.


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