How Pets Factor Into Home Buying & Selling

Finding a home that meets the needs of the entire household

Bend, Oregon is known as DogTown USA, and it’s clear that as a nation, we really love our pets.

In fact, almost 95% of pet owners said they considered the needs of their furry friends to be important when selecting the right home to buy, according to a recent® survey, and 68% of pet owners would pass on their dream house if it didn’t accommodate the needs of their animals:


“It’s heartwarming to find that people will put their pets’ needs first, even when it comes to one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make. This survey shows that we really do consider pets part of the family—and that their needs are a critical part of finding the perfect home.” – Chief Marketing Officer, Nate Johnson


Top 5 features pet owners want in a home:

  1. Large yard – 38%,
  2. Outdoor spaces – 29%
  3. Garage – 24%
  4. Dog run – 22%
  5. Ample indoor square footage – 20%


If you’re a pet owner in search of a Central Oregon home to suit your needs, we’ve got you covered:


Animal House: Pets in the home buying and selling process – National Association of REALTORS®

Buying a home can be one of the largest decisions a household can make and many factors go into the process of purchasing a home, including pet needs with 43% of households willing to move to better accommodate their pet(s), demonstrating that this is a priority among consumers:




Moving with pets

Making a move with pets can be stressful. Whether you’re flying or driving, here are a few things to keep in mind as you relocate to your new home:



  • Check airline policy for travel if flying
  • Obtain health certification for travel
  • Check destination quarantine requirements upon arrival
  • Locate pet-friendly hotels and stops en route if driving
  • Get medical records for new vet upon arrival at destination
  • Stock up on prescription medications for the journey
  • Check vaccination needs and update as necessary before the move


Shopping and supplies:

  • Pet food and treats
  • Leash
  • Dog waste bags
  • Collapsible water dish
  • Pet emergency kit
  • Car window shade
  • Toys
  • ID collar


Upon arrival, post-move:

  • Update address on any food or medication
  • Find a new vet (ask local Facebook groups for recommendations)
  • Create a comfortable and familiar space in your new home
  • Visit your local dog park to meet new neighbors


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We’re here to help you and your furry friends

As Central Oregon locals, our team of 140+ real estate professionals can help you and your pets make the move to our area. We know where the best trails are, which breweries have dog-friendly patios and grassy space, where to find off-leash areas, and we support our favorite local pet-approved retailers and care providers.

If you’re among those pet owners searching for a large yard, outdoor space, garage, dog run, or ample indoor square footage, we’d love to help! Get in touch via the form below and we’ll follow up promptly:


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About Keeley Mannila

As the co-founder and owner of Fred Real Estate Group, Keeley is the driving force behind company culture, branding, and creative marketing strategy.