Millennials Looking for Pooch Perfect Homes

March 2, 2020

- By Sabrina Lapointe

The days of the dog-house in the back yard are long gone. Well, maybe they’re still here but decking out the dog-house isn’t the only thing homeowners are doing for their pets nowadays.

Helping clients find the home of their dreams has changed. For many, that dream now includes features for their furry (or sometimes not-so-furry) friends. Brushing up on all the latest pet-friendly home trends may just help you lead more clients to their dream home.

According to the 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report by the National Association of REALTORS®, millennials made up the largest share of home buyers at 37 percent. Older millennials at 26 percent and younger millennials at 11 percent of the share of home buyers.

Not only are millennials making up the majority of the buyer pool, but they also happen to be leading the way in pet ownership.

Given this information, it’s a no-brainer to become well-versed in what pets need in homes. For many millennials, their animal is much more than just a pet, some would argue they are like their first-born child.

When considering what they want in a home, millennials will keep their furry-friend top of mind. Avocado toast and Snapchat filters, step aside. There’s a new millennial trend in town and it’s pet-friendly homes. Here are just a couple of features, millennials in the market will be on the look-out for.

1. A fully fenced in backyard.

Especially for us up in Massachusetts where winters can be harsh, having a fenced-in yard is key when it comes to exercising your pet. Walking your dog isn’t always practical with New England winters so it’s important to have that space for your pet to burn off energy.

2. Proximity to dog parks and walking paths

While exercising your pet is a top priority, so is socializing your pet. Many pet owners want to make sure their dog gets exposure to other dogs and has the opportunity to play.

3. Having a Mudroom

Pet owners know walking their four-legged friends oftentimes comes with a very dirty price. No one wants to bring dirt and mud into their home. Having a mudroom gives pet owners a place to store wipes and towels to clean off their dog prior to entering the main living space. Some even install pet washing stations.

It is clear buyers are considering more than just their personal needs when searching for a home. It is more important than ever to understand the unique needs of these millennial or really any aged pet owner.

According to a report from the National Association of REALTORS®, 99 percent of pet owners said they consider their animal as part of their family. In the same way that clients look for a home that meets the needs of their children, millennial clients are seeking homes that fit the needs of their pets.