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Linda Davis, Real Estate Pro in Waterford, CT

Is it OK to have political yard signs out before an election while trying to sell a house?

Asked by Linda Davis, Waterford, CT Fri May 18, 2007

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I don't recommend it. First of all, there are usually so many signs out that time of year that your "for sale" sign can get lost in the fray. Second, though you do have the right to your opinion, you might turn off a potential buyer with a particular endorsement. It's challenging enough to compete without adding politics to the mix. Focus on your goal of selling the home.
6 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2007
Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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If your house is what I'm looking for and the price is right, I could care less what signs you have in your yard. I'm buying the house, not you and your opinions.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2007
Linda, I don't think you want to be selling your home, say, in Orange County, California, with an "Impeach Bush" sign in the front yard. Or maybe that's WHY you're selling your house in Orange County!!
NO--Don't go there! If you're a democrat you'll probably tick off all the Realtors and they won't want to show it!! One must be a bit politically correct when one sells their house!
I had a client who had a room full of animal trophies from his various international,national hunting expeditions. I had him remove them all but he forgot to paint the room and for our broker's open you came in and saw these wall "shadows" clearly outlining where his trophies had been!! In Northern California this is tantamount to having the head of Al Gore stuffed and mounted (with a lockbox in his mouth too boot)!! Noble prize and all!!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 6, 2007
It only serves to detract from the important sign in the yard...the sale sign
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
Everything matters to someone sometime. I would stay neutral as well but not to upset the homeowner (who should have the ultimate choice in keeping the sign.) Another thought: Do you have the same political preference as your seller? Do you mind that the potential buyers, neighbors etc could and may assume the seller's political affiliation is your own?Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 15, 2007
Political signs shouldn't be a factor, but one never knows what might step in the way of a successful negotiation. If I were the listing agent I would suggest a home remain "neutral" inside and out. It is always best to try to negotiate from a position of strength on the important details in a transaction. Interesting question though!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2007
I usually love to give analogies, but I can't find one or this. If I were showing the house, I would probably ignore it, but my clients may pick up on it. Also, if I had the lsiting, I would recommend to my client that the sign may do them better down than it does the community to be up.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
If I were your listing agent - I would strongly advise NO. . . . . for all the reasons listed below.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
You want potential buyers to be looking at your home.

Any additional advertising other than your yard sign, (political or otherwise) distracts buyers from your goal of selling the home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Probably not a good idea. It would be best to advertise the property, rather than the politicians.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 16, 2007
I hope that you have taken your signs down by now. Joe
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2007
It's ok--it's your yard. Will you turn buyers away who oppose your view? -Yes. Silly as it is- that's the truth.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 6, 2007
What does your gut tell you? Do you talk politics while at parties or events with mixed company? I was raised to believe that it's inappropriate and I certainly wouldn't do it if I were selling my own home.
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