A new trend: housing built (or remodeled) with the family pet in mind.
Watch just a few episodes of House Hunters on HGTV, and youll start hearing a particular refrain repeated by the shows narrator from one episode to the next: On the couples must-have list, a big back yard for Max [or Bella, or Trixie]. Thats right. Along with a double vanity in the master bathroom ensuite, open-concept living with no wall between kitchen and family room, and proximity to downtown, young couples spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on their first home together are making clear that adequate space for the dog to play outdoors is a non-negotiable. In fact, one in three pet-owning clients will refuse to make an offer on a house because it is not ideal for their animal, according to real estate agents responding to a survey by the National Association of Realtors.