The New York Times has run a story about a new trend in NYC that finds real estate brokers bringing shelter animals to showings. The story claims that the inclusion of shelter dogs helps find homes for the dogs and allows the customers to be exposed to the perks of a pet-friendly property, a win for everyone involved.
The story profiles Kelcey Otten, an agent with real estate giant Compass, who has a passion for shelter animals. She fosters two a week. She claims that she always checks with the buyers before bringing along a furry friend, and says that “most of the time, people are just super excited to see a dog.”
Another dog friendly real estate worker, broker Ryan Serhant, claims that when tasked with showing a property in Carroll Gardens that housed 17 condos and one townhouse, he included in an ice cream truck and a mobile adoption van from animal shelter Bideawee that brought along dogs who were up for adoption. He claims to have sold the townhouse immediately after the event.