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In the doghouse: could your pet help you sell your house?

Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Estate agents across the UK have begun enlisting the help of pets in order to sell houses, after the trend took off in the US.

It is thought that adding a family pet such as a dog or a cat into a living room scene in a property brochure can help make the house more appealing to potential buyers by giving it a homely touch.

According to The Telegraph, the so-called ‘pet placement’ trend began in New York, where one estate agent claims to have sold a Manhattan penthouse simply by placing a poodle in the property in order to give a warmer appearance.

Damian Gray of Knight Frank estate agents in Oxford says the company has used several animals to help sell properties, including dogs, horses, geese, donkeys and even a koi carp.

Of course prospective house buyers should remember that properties do not actually come with pets included.