Would you sell your cat with your house if it rallied more cash? One family in Australia has been put to this very test and agreed to sell their cat with their home, raking in an extra $140,000.
Over the weekend, the family auctioned off their five-bedroom home for $2,060,000 Australian dollars, but one family offered an surprisingly generous $140k over the asking price to include the cat, and will soon become the new homeowners, reports news.com.au.
Is this the case of a strange old lady who needed an extra cat? Nope, this is the case of a little girl who was brought along during an inspection and fell in love with Tiffany the cat. The homeowner apparently joked about the cat being part of the purchase, as the cat “believes the house is her property,” and the daughter took her seriously.
The generous offer was made over asking price, but only if the cat conveyed, and the family agreed. Not everyone is stoked about the deal, as the current homeowner’s teen son has expressed anger.
Regarding the cat, “She was at the pet shop, the last of the litter, and he felt sorry for her,” the teen’s mom said. “We’re thinking we’ll put $20,000 in a pile next to the cat and say to Sam: you choose.”
It’s not altogether easy to part with the cat, and the family has said that it is “quite difficult to part with her.”
So what would you do?
As a Realtor or homeowner, how would you feel about the best offer on the table being that which includes parting with a beloved pet? And how would you break it to your client or family?
Would you ever take your child’s request for a pet so seriously that you plopped down $140k? A simple “please?” or sob story might have sufficed… what say you?