CHICAGO, July 22 (UPI) -- The pet population in the United States is experiencing a sharp and steady increase and realtors are finding it pays to become pet friendly in response.
Experts say that because of the increase in pet ownership, the real estate market needs to respond to the high importance placed on pets. One realtor told The Chicago Tribune that pet-friendliness sometimes trumps parking when it comes to issues of importance in home buying.
Because of the new prominence of pets, some realtors are jumping on the pet bandwagon by launching Web sites for realtors who describe themselves as pet friendly. Linda Lamb, a Chicago realtor, started an online site for realtors who specialize in pet friendly properties.
Pet product manufacturing groups estimate that 63 percent of all U.S. households have pets, translating to 69 million homes, up from 51 million in 1988, the Tribune said.