Purchasing a condo can be exciting and sometimes overwhelming all at the same time. Just like owning a single-family home, there are pros and cons of that particular property. The same goes for owning a condo.
Buying a condo comes with the understanding that there is shared space and usually a condo association with rules and restrictions. And very often, those restrictions involve pets. Even when they do allow them, most have restrictions on size, number of pets, and breed.
We love our animals. Pets are bona fide, highly-valued members of the family, but not all condo associations feel so warm and fuzzy about our four-legged tenants.
“It’s frustrating to the buyer when they see a place and love it, but then realize the condo association either doesn’t allow pets, or they only allow one,” said Tracy Ward, of the Ward Team at Keller Williams in Jupiter.
“Pets are part of the family,” Tracy said. “And to help my clients avoid potential heartbreak and frustration, I have researched and compiled a list six pet-friendly, oceanfront condos that allow more than one pet.”
- Jupiter Ocean Grande – 131 Ocean Grande Blvd., Jupiter
- Ocean Royale – 700-750 Ocean Royale Way, Jupiter
- Beachcomber -4161 S US Hwy 1, Jupiter
- Beachfront at Juno Beach – 530 Ocean Dr., Juno Beach
- Oceanfront – 570 Ocean Dr., Juno Beach
- Beach Sound Condos – 19930 Beach Road, Tequesta
But before you get your heart set on that spacious, oceanfront condo, you should prepare yourself and your pet(s) if you need to prove that you’re a good fit.
Here are some helpful tips on preparing you and your pet for a smooth and “pawsitive” introduction to a condo association:
Ask for referrals.
- Provide letters of reference from past homeowners or condo associations and neighbors detailing how you’re a responsible pet owner.
- Ask your veterinarian to write a letter on your behalf and include documentation that your pet has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated.
- Craft a resume for your pet, complete with photo, certifications, and an explanation of the arrangements made to care for your pet while you’re at work or away.
Offer up some extra money.
- Offer to pay an extra security deposit to compensate for any damage your furry friend may make to the shared property.
- Be prepared to pay a pet fee upon signing or recurring monthly pet-maintenance charge to cover for landscaping issues or pet stations equipped with doggie bags.
Read the fine print.
- If the condo association contracts don’t mention pets, it’s generally understood that you’re allowed to have them. But if you want to avoid potential problems down the road, you should ask for clarification in writing.
- Even if the neighbors and members of the condo association board tell you it’s OK to have pets, never sign a contract that states “no pets allowed.” It would mean that you’re violating the rules which could come back and bite you down the road … no pun intended!
Whether you’re looking for real estate in the Jupiter or surrounding areas or thinking of selling your home, contact Ward Team Keller Williams today!