If you’ve ever browsed real estate online, you’re probably very familiar with “”Public Remarks””. It’s the area where you typically learn about the “”Chef’s Kitchen””, “”Spa-like”” master bathroom, and spacious recreation/play room. It’s the meat ‘n potatoes of the listing.
What you may not be familiar with is what’s called “”Private Remarks””. This is where real estate agents communicate showing instructions, pet warnings and additional information that they think might be pertinent for other agents to communicate to their clients. As you might expect, private remarks are typically pretty boring. Today, however, I ran across some private remarks that I just couldn’t help but share:
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT OWNERS HAD CATS AND THERE IS A STRONG CAT URINE SMELL SINCE THE HOUSE HAS BEEN SITTING VACANT WITH LITTLE AIR CIRCULATION
These remarks were attached to a home that has already been sold, so clearly they didn’t scare the eventual buyer too much. On some level, they’re quite appropriate- imagine walking into that home without the cat urine warning? Definitely something I’d like to know before showing a home.
Of course, on the other hand, it’s definitely information that might lead me to skip the house entirely. I can’t speak for my buyer clients, but the stench of cat urine is usually an unspoken deal killer.
Never a dull moment, folks. Never a dull moment…