Dear Home Buyers,
About ten years ago, I was you. I had two dogs. One was a older mutt, medium size, the other one was Alaskan Malamute which was considered as an extra large breed even though she was a little over 70 pounds (currently I have another Malamute which weighs over 100 pounds).
I openly admit that I treat my dogs like my children. I also have many friends who feel the same way. One of them just moved out of a two story home to single story home for their eldery dog. Some other friends just sold their condo and bought a house so that they could have a dog (now they have a french bulldog).
So when I turned into a home buyer, like parents who research the best school districts when considering neighborhoods in which to shop for a home, I had specific requirements, too. I wanted to get house with a yard, or condo/townhome with patio area.
First when I was looking to buy a condo, I discovered that not a lot of Condo’s HOAs allowed big dogs. And so many times I said to myself that “I would buy that condo if they allowed pets!” I called many HOA’s to see if they actually enforce their bylaws (which sometime they don’t). I even sent a picture of us to an HOA in North Park area, telling them that my Alaskan Malamute was not that big. But I could not change their mind…
But at the end, we ended up with a better place anyway. A better home where my four legged kids can go outside and do their thing, we can walk to the dog friendly park and meet their friends.
Although San Diego is a very pet-friendly city (A new study has ranked San Diego as the fourth most dog-friendly city in the U.S.), housing has not always kept up with that. There are often breed restrictions that make it a challenge for pet owners to find appropriate housing with their pets. If you have pets and are looking to buy a home now, you may struggle with finding a pet friendly condo complex in San Diego – especially with this low inventory.
But don’t get discouraged. Eventually, you will find a home your pets will love, like I did. Let us help you find a pet friendly condo complex. Let us call the HOA to find out what the HOA rules are and if they are enforcing them or not. Let us find a house in a pet friendly neighborhood. Let us assess the home layout for your older pets.
Because I know if your pet is a central part of your life, you will find personal enjoyment in your future house only if it accommodates the needs of your pets as well as your own. After all, happy pets make a happy owner.
San Diego – The My Home Team
Keller Williams San Diego Metro