More than two-thirds of prospective buyers with pets say they’d buy a home precisely because of features that cater toward their pet
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2022 — From adding “catios” to foregoing a home that’s not pet-friendly, many homeowners and buyers are prioritizing their furry friends when making pivotal real estate decisions. According to a new survey conducted by Realtor.com® and HarrisX among 3,001 U.S. adults, 82% of Americans with pets who are planning to buy a home within the next year consider their pets’ needs just as important, if not more so, than their own needs or those of their family.
More than three-quarters (77%) of U.S. homeowners have a pet at home, and 79% of pet owners say they factored their pet in when choosing which home or apartment to live in. Pet owners looking to buy a house this year are prioritizing their pets even more, with 91% saying they’ll be a factor in their decision.
“People love their pets. And they’re prioritizing the needs of these furry members of their families when choosing a home to rent or buy,” said Clare Trapasso, executive editor at Realtor.com®. “Having an animal-accessible home is more important to many pet owners than extra square footage or a shorter commute to work.”
Many prospective homebuyers have decided to abandon their buying process completely if they do not find a home to accommodate their pets.
Some homebuyers are willing to adjust their search – and give up sought-after amenities – in order to prioritize their pets.
In some cases, homeowners have decided to take measures into their own hands by adding pet-friendly features, such as patios, dog doors and fenced-in yards, to their space.
Anyone looking for a pet-friendly rental can check out the “pets” filter on realtor.com/rentals which can help you search for homes that will accept furry family members.
Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the U.S. from Aug. 9-12, 2022 among 3,001 adults by HarrisX. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 1.8 percentage points. The results reflect a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. Results were weighted for age by gender, region, race/ethnicity, and income where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population.
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*originally posted on RETechnology 12/12/22
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