Thirty-three percent of millennial homebuyers in a recent Harris Poll said their desire to own a home is partially driven by their dog.
Surprising? Not likely. Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet.
If you’re a pet owner, chances are that a quiet street, a fenced yard, and access to walking trails and a dog park (like the once planned for this summer in Lake Placid!) nearby will appeal to you in your search for a new home!
“I want my dog to be able to play outside” says Cori-Anne, owner of 51 Juniper Circle, in Lake Placid. “Ours is a pet-friendly neighborhood with no traffic, perfect for kids to ride their bikes, and for walking the dog. An added bonus are the chipmunks and birds that keep her entertained.”
The desire to give one's dog the best life possible is one that I see frequently among my clientele. It is very common to hear a homebuyer tell me how important it is to have a yard for the dog, and to be away from any traffic.
Pets are an important part of our families. Homebuyers should be sure their Realtor understands the family’s needs, including that of their pets. When it comes to insuring the well being and comfort of your pet you’ll want to give some thought to how your new home will work for them. Are there hard wood floors in the home? Tile? Can a pet washing station be installed? Is there a good place for food and water bowls or a kitty litter box? How about an invisible fence?
Many communities have pet friendly stores, businesses, and even patio dining where well behaved dogs are welcome. It is not unusual to see water bowls on the sidewalks when walking thru Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
Doug and Susan, who purchased a home in Lake Placid in 2017 said that having a yard for Emma was critical. “The yard didn’t need to be big, but there had to be an outdoor space to play in. We also desired access to trails and walking areas. We also wanted the convenience of being able to let Emma out in the morning and evening. Honestly, that was huge.”
Dogs are man’s best friend so It’s not surprising that when pet owners are buying a home, their best friends get what they want.
While there is a difference between the type of pet and how much their needs are prioritized, homebuyers who search for pet-specific amenities during their search are mostly dog owners (90 percent), with cat owners coming in close behind (87 percent).
It's heartwarming to find that people consider their pets needs even when it comes to one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make. Your pets are a part of your family and their needs should to be considered when finding the perfect home.
Bob Miller is an Associate Broker with 10 years of real estate experience as well as 15 years of service as a former Lake Placid School Board member, and is currently a 3-time elected Town Councilman in Lake Placid.