Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

psychiatrist's couch....

Jun 24, 2016 10:29 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I don't believe it - Bichons are on the anti-allergy list if you want to say. I think that the buyer is psychologically being sensitive. Read up on it & you'll see.

Jun 24, 2016 09:45 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

There's not much else you can do, Lise. And then you have to hope it works.

Jun 24, 2016 09:37 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Firstly, there is no such thing as Hypo-allergenic.  It is a made up marketing term as everyone is unique and allergic to different things.  Some to hair, some to dander, some to drool . . .  

I would suggest they get to the Dr and get some shots.  When we were kids we had a brother who was allergic to our dogs, cats, goats, horse, birds, hay . . .  everything we owned.  I wanted to trade him in for another dog but my parents refused.  (still don't understand that decision!)  Instead, he went every week for shots and now owns his own menagerie!


Jun 24, 2016 11:10 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have the best answers, and I am laughing myself silly over Susan Emo 's comment.  Lyn Sims also make a lot of sense.  A

Jun 25, 2016 12:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Love Barbara Todaro  's answer and Susan Emo 's!!  Sounds like shots could be the answer.

Jun 24, 2016 11:29 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Get those annual allergy shots.

The most overlooked collector of these allergens are beneath appliances such as the refrigerator and range. 

Jun 24, 2016 11:37 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

There is no additional thing you can do Lise Howe 

Jun 24, 2016 11:28 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

In addirion to what's been said, try Kilz or something similar on the walls, seal the grout, maybe refinish the floors, remove drapes, carpet/anything in basement.

Jun 24, 2016 09:54 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I'm surprised, because Bichon Frises are considered suitable for people with allergies...

Jun 24, 2016 09:46 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Lisa, I love dogs. I hate allergies!

I can't think of another thing to do, as we just went through the exact same exercise in February and did the only things you mentioned. When we moved my husband was only a couple of months past nasal polyp surgery and still trying to control allegies. We did what you said. I had the air ducts pro cleaned and treated for mold. Even I, who has very mild allergies, walked in the home after the air duct cleaning and mold mist and could tell the home air was cleaner. It was expensive, but I wouldn't skip that step. Ours wasn't pet, but heavy remodel dust. Same thing here, we chose a home with mainly solid surface flooring and carpet areas had new carpet. If I think of another - as I wake up and walk around - I will circle back.

Jun 24, 2016 09:32 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I wouldn't buy that house.

Jun 26, 2016 08:03 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

There are air purifiers that make a big difference.

Jun 25, 2016 10:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Move on to another property.

Jun 25, 2016 09:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

1. Do the things you have mentioned.

2. Buy something else.

3. Buy lots of Alergy meds.

Jun 25, 2016 03:22 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lise, some interesting answers  - however I think it is all in mind after everythingis done .

Jun 25, 2016 02:41 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Hospital grade ozone machine run for at least an hour takes everything out of the air that even severely allergic people react to. She may be able to rent one from a medical supply store. Residence hotels often have them.

Jun 25, 2016 01:39 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Ionize the air and that should do the trick.

Jun 25, 2016 01:06 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think you have it covered. If that isn't going to work, then maybe the buyer needs to consider another house. 

Jun 25, 2016 11:35 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Seal the hardwood.

Jun 25, 2016 06:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Probably an ozone treatment would help as well.

Jun 25, 2016 05:27 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Clean everything and send the puppies to me!  I'll give them a good home!

Jun 25, 2016 05:23 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Does not sound like a good fit...

Jun 25, 2016 04:04 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Outside of what you have done (deep clean house and air ducts), and suggested (carpeting on stairs) I do not know Lise Howe.  I wouldn't think that repainting after washing walls would help, though like Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 comment about cleaning under appliances.  I think if 'allergy shots' was the next line of action, I would start considering seeing/showing another house (sad to say if they love-love this house).  

Jun 25, 2016 03:08 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Keep looking.

Jun 25, 2016 02:52 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Buy NEW!

Jun 25, 2016 02:44 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Watch out for the disclosures. One can get sued.

Jun 25, 2016 01:41 AM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Taking response of Lyn Sims to a deeper level:

If client does some soul-searching, he/she can find out if she is willing to investigate a short-cut on all the enormous work and expense of the proposed changes.  They are all valid, but looking into why such a severe reaction exists to a dog normally safe for sensitive people could have much better payoff.  Once that is understood, a little NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) may be very useful to turn off the body's war.  Caution: understanding the original reason for the reaction is very important, because if the trigger is turned off before the motive understood, the war may break out in some other arena instead.

If client goes to a counsellor of some sort, s/he might look into to whom s/he is really allergic.

Jun 25, 2016 01:34 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If I knew about the dogs efore the showing i would not show that house UNLESS the buyer demanded to see it and to buy it.   I think a disclosure to cover myself would also be in order.

Jun 25, 2016 12:52 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would look for another home pet free.

Jun 24, 2016 11:54 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I guess she can get allergy shots.

Jun 24, 2016 11:47 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lise Howe Lyn Sims has your answer.

Jun 24, 2016 11:45 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Not sure there is anything else to be done. Perhapsseeing an allergist?

Jun 24, 2016 11:31 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Clean filters, floors, drapery, ducts and maybe call a company the specializes? I'm throwing out guesses here, never been in that situation.

Jun 24, 2016 10:58 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Turn it over to the professionals who specialize in remediating these types of issues...

Jun 24, 2016 10:55 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Bleach bath everthing and TSP the walls. Bacteria must be killed

Jun 24, 2016 10:35 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wow, I have a highly allergic friend who has a Bichon and no problems. Not sure what to suggest!

Jun 24, 2016 10:21 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I had this happen recently - the back yard had a terrible odor of dog and hair everywhere - we had to have the entire yard re-done and the entire interior house painted and funagated.

Jun 24, 2016 09:45 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I just wrote about this situation today in my blog. I have a buyer is quite allergic, home as newer carpet but a couple of dogs and 4 cats. The buyer asked for a credit for new carpets and seller has a blow up . If professional cleaning can not guarantee it to be allergy free Lise Howe , then replacing carpets is a must

Jun 24, 2016 09:28 PM