Sorry mum and dad, my furbaby comes first

first_imgBrisbane pet owner Jacqui Paul with furbaby Alfie, loves the feel of Newstead where “there is a dog bowl outside every cafe”. Picture: Josh Wernham/SuppliedIt’s not just puppy love, things just got serious: Over half of all Aussies choose their furbaby’s comfort over living close to friends and relatives, and a third love their pet more than their mum or dad.The Suncorp Home Index Report found that it’s not called “pet favourite” for nothing with Aussies prioritising pet-friendliness over proximity to people they care about when they are on the property hunt. Exiting Socceroo hits the market in Brisbane He said ticking those boxes could be difficult and that sometimes meant having to live further away from friends and family to ensure pets were comfortable.The trend could be a windfall for property owners or sellers looking to offload pet friendly homes, according to Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire.“More than two thirds of households now own pets. 30 per cent of Australians rent and 62 per cent own a pet, but last year, just 10 per cent of rental homes were labelled as pet-friendly. It certainly doesn’t just stop at renting either,” he said. Brisbane pet owner Jacqui Paul with furbaby Alfie: The Suncorp Home Index Report has found that over half of Aussies surveyed prioritised pet-friendliness over proximity to family and friends when looking for their next home. Picture: Josh Wernham/Supplied“One of the main questions we get asked by potential buyers is if it is a pet-friendly building. If a building is pet-friendly, there’s certainly a positive impact on price due to increased competition.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoForte Recruitment owner Jacqui Paul was among Brisbane pet owners whose furbabies determined where they lived.“Oh definitely if it’s pet-friendly, it makes a huge difference,” she said. “Because if it’s not pet-friendly, you can’t live with your fur child.”Even uglier properties would get a look in over prettier ones if they were dog friendly.“I think it’s more important for a property to be dog friendly over the aesthetics or the location,” Ms Paul said. Taking the furbabies out socialising is par for the course in pet-friendly suburbs. Picture: Josh Wernham/SuppliedFamily did a bit better (46 per cent) than friends (39 per cent), but pets clearly knocked it out of the park (more than 50 per cent).Suncorp EGM Lending Glenn Haslam said pets were becoming more important members of the family with the survey finding 38 per cent admited to loving them more than their human family members.“Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world so there is no question – pets are adored members of the modern Australian family. This is even more true for younger generations with 59 per cent of those aged 18-34 placing importance on a potential new home’s pet-friendliness,” he said. 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