Pet Friendly Homes in Boca Raton: Just A Great Story

Just A Great Story

Just A Great Story


I recently got a call from a gentleman in New Jersey looking for a dog friendly home in south Florida.  He has two larger dogs (anything over 25 lbs in Florida), was unfamiliar with the area and looking for a pet-friendly REALTOR® to help.



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He went on to tell me he was selling his home in New Jersey and moving to south Florida to be with his college sweetheart.  He was divorced, and her husband had passed away.  They had dated for two years in college and found each other again on Facebook.  Where else?



My first reaction was, 'That is the best story.'




He gave me his girlfriend's number.  She was living in Delray Beach and planned to sell her condo.  We met, hit it off, and I listed her condo for sale.  They would have lived there, but this condo did not allow any pets.




In the meantime, this gentleman's house was under contract in New Jersey.  His girlfriend and I began to look at homes in 55+ pet friendly gated communities in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach that were pet friendly to larger dogs.  By larger, I'm talking 70 lbs and 30 lbs.



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pet friendly gated communities delray beach flInventory was low, but we saw everything on the market.  She really wanted him here to pick the house, but that was impossible with packing up his house and the dogs.  Thank heavens for modern technology!  Each home she liked, she would Skype with him. She  walked around and explained the house, and he asked questions.







Her condo in a 55+ gated community in Delray Beach went under contract in a just a few days, so it was time to get serious.  They each had their closing dates.  We submitted three offers on three homes, but all three went under contract before we got there.  They were frustrated, as was I, knowing they would be closing on their homes soon.   But I knew we would find it.



His girlfriend and I knew every house for sale in the 55+ pet friendly gated communities in Delray and Boynton Beach.  She would give each house a name to remember them by.  One house she dubbed "the wallpaper house" because, yes, it was covered in wallpaper!  She kept avoiding it, but would circle back around.



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house on lake in 55 plus dog friendly community in delray beach fl


I saw the potential in this house.  It had a beautiful lake view, was on an interior lot and had a house on only one side.  It was an estate sale.  I knew if they put some work in, this house would be worth far more than others we had seen. 





The house had a wall divding a formal living room and the family room ( or den) which was off the kitchen.  She disliked the wall and wanted a house with a great room.  Understandable.  Many people have taken this wall down, and it looks great.  Her boyfriend promised her not only would he remove the wallpaper; he would take the wall down.  What a guy! 

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They put an offer on the wallpaper house, and it was accepted.  Inspections were done.  We later learned this house also had a full-house generator with an inground propane tank.  A wonderful and expensive upgrade in south Florida that was not on the listing.




I kept telling them this was the best story I've heard, and I was going to do a blog post on them (without names, of course.)  It was so nice to see them happy after all these years reconnected by modern technology.  I just loved it.


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She closed on her condo and flew up to help him drive down with the dogs.  They then closed on their new house in a dog-friendly active adult community in Boynton Beach that welcomed his dogs, and they found out their neighbors were nice.



It was great.  I knew the house would be worth it in the long run, as homes on a lake in south Florida command more money.  The dogs were happy and adjusted pretty quickly to their new home and life in Boynton Beach.  



This was just a great story, and I wanted to share it.  Who doesn't like a happy ending!




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Just a Great Story

Elyse BermanFor information about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Boynton Beach or Boca Raton real estate market, please contact me. I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent.

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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS, ABR, GRI, e-PRO of Best Connections Realty, Inc. serving Boca Raton FL and the surrounding cities of Highland Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lighthouse Point, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach and Hallandale Beach.





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Comment balloon 32 commentsElyse Berman, PA • October 03 2019 10:07AM


Good morning, Elyse Berman, PA I love a happy ending....your story was a wonderful one from start to finish....but that's what every transaction is when you have Elyse Berman for a buyer's agent and for a listing agent.... you just can't go wrong with Elyse.... and she'll ALWAYS find you the right "pet friendly" home/condo.... call her and you'll see for yourself.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 12 months ago

That is a great story and I always love happy endings!  When I hear Delray Beach, I always think of Kathy Streib and her morning walks.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 12 months ago

Hi Elyse - Happy Times!  Great real estate success stories need exposure and I am sure your buyers are quite content with their purchase.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 12 months ago

Elyse- what a beautiful story!!!! They also found the perfect agent to find them a pet-friendly home!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 12 months ago


Ah what a wonderful story...Thank you for that big smile on a Sunday morning.  The three of you were a match, and love what you all created together...a perfect home.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 12 months ago

Good morning Elyse. This is a great story on so many levels. I'll bet you will love seeing the home once the home is completed.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 12 months ago

Always nice to help our clients see the light of possibilities and get the right home.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 12 months ago


What a great story. I know being apart of finding the perfect home brings you great satisfaction. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE, Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions (KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC) 12 months ago

Good afternoon Elyse Berman, PA - this is great they way everything fell into place for them and the dogs.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 12 months ago

Hi Elyse, Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. It does have a happy ending - and of course, you helped with that.  Congratulations to everyone. 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 12 months ago


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 11 months ago

Good morning Elyse. What a great story about having a niche. Always like happy endings. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 11 months ago

That's a wonderful story with a great ending - and I'm sure the dogs didn't mind the wallpaper! :-)

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 11 months ago

What a wonderful and happy tale ( tail?). You certainly are the right match for this couple. You co-created a successful outcome and I greatly appreciate that you were alll able to see the potential. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 11 months ago

Great story, told well!  Put a smile on all our faces here on AR!  Congrats.  That's how things should work out.

Posted by John Henry, Florida Architect, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 11 months ago

That is a very cool story.  And very well told. Glad you were able to help them, and glad they listened to the advice you gave and did not give up when things got a little tough finding the right place. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 months ago

You helped them visualize past the "what it is" to "what it can be". Great work!

Posted by faye schubert, Living the Branson Lake Life 11 months ago

Well I certainly must agree...GREAT story! I'm happy for both of them, and the dogs!

Would be awesome to have a follow up story on their home's transformation. Not something very likely, I understand. But wouldn't that be fun!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 11 months ago

Kathy was right. This is a really good story. Wonderful job as always Elyse!!!

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) 11 months ago

Elyse Berman, PA Great story about a great Realtor® who made it work. You saw the possibility of the "wallpaper" house and went after it. Great ending. Wishing the couple many years of happiness together with their dogs in a perfect home. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 11 months ago

Hi Elyse Berman, PA what a great story! I love it! Great job on seeing through the downsides of that home and showing what it could be without a lot of work.  Here's to the happy couple and their dogs! Job well done!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 11 months ago

Hi Elyse

That's a terrific story from start to finish. Hope you get to see the house once they do the remodeling they wish - sounds like it was a wonderful opportunity if you looked at the potential.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 11 months ago

Hi Elyse Berman, PA,

Facebook may get a bad rap at times but then there are stories like this, or should I say a great story like this!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 11 months ago

I love happy stories - and especially stories that come out happy for dogs! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 11 months ago

 Hi  Elyse Berman, PA ,

I'm a sucker for happy endings..what a great story to be a part of. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) 11 months ago

Thank you for sharing this great story. I can only imagine the positive vibes you got from "working" with them.  So very cool to see happy endings.  Great job!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 11 months ago

Ah, these are the experiences we treasure in our business!  I have had a few divorced clients discover old friends from the past...that they reconnect with .  A good story to start my day!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 11 months ago

Great story with an excellent outcome!  Congratulations on a job well done as well as the featured post

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Trend - Cape Coral FL) 11 months ago

I don’t know if it’s the best of all time but man oh man, that’s marvelous’ Love and light!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago

Terry McCarley I’ve never seen a better example of a post being worthy of being featured! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago

Thank you all for the lovely comments.  It's been a bit crazy, but I will be back to answer them all.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 11 months ago

OH my gosh, what a wonderful story, Elyse! I know they are thrilled to be together in one, perfectly lovely spot. Making the upgrades together will be fun and we all know the fur babies will love it there by the lake! Great job, Elyse!  🐕 🐶 💕 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 11 months ago

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