Jim Valentine: Real estate and your pets

Jim Valentine on Real Estate

Jim Valentine on Real Estate

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What are we without our pets? Pets is a wide-ranging category of domesticated or at least animals that are under your personal care and control. They give much enjoyment to their owner in so many ways depending on the species of animal that is your pet.

When you buy real estate, it is important that you consider the pets you have and those that you may have in the future when making your decision. If you are buying in a subdivision, especially in a HOA environment, it is important that you know what pets are allowed.

Some have restrictions on the number or nature and sometimes even the size of your animal. Beyond the subdivision restrictions there are guidelines in cities and counties that restrict your ownership.

For example, in Douglas County you are restricted to having no more than three horses to an acre and must have a minimum of an acre to have a horse… except for areas that are “grandfathered” in. Be sure to know your footing if you are buying a property for the purpose of having horses. Some subdivisions, even in rural areas or others with one acre or larger lots, have deed restrictions either prohibiting horses or limiting them to two. If you are a riding family of four, you’ll have to be cozy on your two horses in that case.

Chickens are an interesting real estate element. You can actually have them in some urban areas where you would think you couldn’t and can’t in others. Yes, it gets that goofy which is why we want you to be aware of the many varied restrictions. It is usually the rooster that leads to neighborhood problems with chickens. If you stay away from roosters in tight quarters, you might be able to enjoy a coop full of chickens.

Exotic animals are often controlled by state or higher governmental agencies. If you want a big cat, i.e., tiger, cougar, etc., you may find yourself controlled by agencies out of your community. Dangerous animals can be controlled by your county of city ordinance as well as state depending on the animal. Dangerous animals can be snakes, alligators, etc. We’ve known people with pet bears, lynx, etc., so it can be done with the right criteria being met. If you have interest in having such an animal know your footing before you buy.

Cats vary in their behavior and acceptance. If you’ve an indoor cat, then usually your restrictions will only come from a landlord if you are in a rental situation. If your cat roams the neighborhood, however, then you might find comments from your neighbors as tom cats do what tom cats do.

Dogs get a lot of attention if they stray, especially if they are vicious. Keep your dog under control – it’s the law. If your dog is a barker, then you might find yourself at odds with neighbors and subject to the laws about barking dogs. Don’t blame it on the neighbors if you are having problems because of your barking dog. It’s your dog. Once it’s on the radar of the authorities you will be questioned about tags, vaccination and more.

Don’t assume that you can do what you want with your animals and don’t plan on asking for forgiveness. If you have a neighbor that doesn’t like your pet situation and you are in violation of an ordinance, rule, or policy you might find yourself needing to move or move your pet. Pet ownership is an activity of responsibility. It is your duty to investigate before you buy so you don’t have a problem afterward.

Discuss your animal status and aspirations with your agent up front. It will help him show you only properties that will suit your needs, now and into the future. You buy with your children’s wants and needs in mind, extend it to your pets if you have or plan to have animals.

When it comes to choosing professionals to assist you with your Real Estate needs… Experience is Priceless! Jim Valentine, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, 775-781-3704. dpwtigers@hotmail.com.


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