No, I Can’t Put a Sign There

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery…  Remember that one?

In the past I’ve had clients ask me to put up additional signage.  They ask for it to be placed at their neighborhood entrance for an open house or as a directional into the neighborhood.  Some have asked for signs at a nearby busy intersection or behind their house.  I get it.  They are trying to increase the drive by traffic to their listing.

The problem is that as Realtors, we are not supposed to put up additional signs.  As a matter of fact, the only spot we are technically allowed to place a sign is twelve feet from the curb in front of the property that is for sale. If a code enforcement officer or homeowner association member finds a sign to be in violation, they can remove the sign and dispose of it.  That can get pretty spendy and darn wasteful.  If too many signs are found in violation we can be fined.

For an Open House, I roll the dice and put a few directionals out where they really shouldn’t be.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have a single guest.  But I wait until after 5:00 on Friday and take them down as soon as the Open House is over.  As for the other requests, I try to explain the rules we are supposed to follow and hope my clients understand that no, I can’t put a sign there.

Talk to you soon!

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