The National Association of Realtors just released a report on the impact of pets on their owner's decisions to buy, sell, or renovate a home.
The data was very revealing. Pets are a significant part of our lives.
I know my Golden Retriever, Zoe, is definitely a significant part of mine. Sometimes I think my life revolves around her. Other times, I know it does.
Here are some key statistics from the report:
- 61% of U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future
- 99% of pet owners said they consider their animal part of the family
- 67% of Realtors say animals have a moderate to major effect on selling a home
- 52% indicated that they had completed a home renovation project specifically to accommodate their animal
- 31% of animal owners often or very often refuse to put in an offer on a home because the home is not ideal for their animal
- 95% of animal owners believe it is important that a housing community allows animals
- 81% of U.S. households say that animal-related considerations will play a role in deciding on their next living situation
- 52% of those surveyed undertook home renovations to accommodate their animal
- 12% of consumers have moved to accommodate their animal
Breakdown of pet ownership:
- 83% own a dog,
- 43% own a cat
- 9% own a bird, reptile, amphibian, arthropod, small mammal, or miniature horse
- 8% own a fish
- 5% own a farm animal
Read the full report here: