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Tim Cranch

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Searching the Internet for “Pet Friendly” Real Estate in Naples, Florida? Things you need to know.

Are you frustrated searching the internet for a home or condo that is pet friendly only to find out that your best friend is not allowed? You are not alone. Follow along here for a few minutes for a better understanding of how things work, what goes wrong, and how to be successful in searching homes for sale that welcome your dog or cat.

When a real estate agent enters the details of a new listing in the MLS system for Naples and Bonita Springs, there are four choices under the pet category:

  • No Approval Needed
  • Not Allowed
  • With Approval
  • Limits

If the agent chooses “Limits,” then there are some drop-downs that they fill in – maximum weight allowed, the maximum number of pets allowed and other limits (such as type of pet).  Unfortunately, this is the source of frequent problems.

As an example, we recently came across a neighborhood in Pelican Bay where three properties were on the market for sale in the same building and all three MLS listings were different from one another regarding the pet policies. To add further confusion and frustration to the consumer end of things, all three were wrong for that building. This is only the beginning of the issues. We are very pet friendly in the Naples and Bonita Springs area, but some guidance will help you be successful in finding the right home for you and your pets.

How to search the internet for pet friendly properties and get better results:

  1. Go to our Advanced Search and input your basic criteria (area, price range, minimum number of bedrooms, etc.)
  2. Look on the right side under the price range and the number of bedrooms to “Pets Allowed.” Select all three options: Limits, No Approval Needed, and With Approval
  3. Enter any other home-related criteria you would like to select for your search
  4. Hit the “Search” button to get all of the pet friendly properties that meet your search criteria
  5. Now comes the easy part to sort it out for your specific pet requirements…….call us at (239) 272-4848

The search results you get will show you homes, condos, neighborhoods, and communities that are pet friendly, but there is no real estate search vehicle that can pinpoint the exact pet policies (unless it is a freestanding single-family house in a neighborhood without a homeowners association). We maintain lists of the pet policies for communities, neighborhoods within communities and condominiums for this very reason and we’re happy to share this local knowledge.

Call or email at TimCranch@StepsToTheBeach.com for the pet policy details associated with any home or condo in Naples or Bonita Springs.

You won’t be “hounding” us and we WILL find that place in Paradise for you that is the “cat’s meow.”

Here are some of our “go-to” pet friendly condos and villas if you have a big dog or more than one pet. All of them have beach access and some of them are direct beachfront properties in a wide range of price points from less than $300,000 to more than $3,000,000. Check them out by clicking on the links below:



Seriously thinking of buying a pet friendly home in Naples, FL? Call Ellie 239-776-5077 or Tim 239-272-4848 today to schedule an appointment in person or over the phone. Will discuss your needs and desires and will get to work. With our connections in the area, we frequently know of new listings before they hit the MLS service and become public.

Looking for a Pet Friendly Condominium in Naples? Call us 239-272-4848 we know the pet friendly neighborhoods.