Real Estate "For Sale" Directional Signs??

Asked by Andrew Paluch, Mon Dec 8, 2008

I have been seeing these small directional signs placed by agents in different locations. Do these signs help sell a home or are these "agents" advertising for free on public property?

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Avi Maganda, Agent, Apopka, FL
Thu Dec 11, 2008
By the way , I meant to say "Electric Chair" instead of "Death Penalty"
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Avi Maganda, Agent, Apopka, FL
Thu Dec 11, 2008
We do not talk abouth "Death Penalty" in Florida because we do not live in TEXAS!. The signs are allowed in the County where I live and work and as long they are allowed, I will use them and Sellers in this County expect Real Estate Agents to use them. I appreciate everyone's opinion, my point is just that I do believe that the statement : "The usage of signs is to avoid marketing costs " is wrong because:
1. The signs are not free and some of them are costly and you need to buy a bunch and they are usually lost after you use it for only one time, being taken by homeowners that of course are not selling (not in the same shoes that people in need), cheap real estate agents (in the Counties where are allowed not to offend nobody ) that do not buy signs and sometimes County inspectors ( if the sign does not meet their requirements). 2. I KNOW some agents do not use signs BECAUSE, they want to AVOID the MARKETING expense. So, signs are also an EXPENSE and they part of a way of Market whether it is allowed in some places or not, whether some agents do not like them or not etc....I personally do not like to BUY and spend in signs, PLACE them or/and worst PICK them up! And the most I hate is having a house for sale or and OPEN HOUSE without showing activity, prospects, buyers, angry neighbors etc...

Before anybody gets upset, that here in Orlando, tourists read signs and call Listing Agent and sometimes Buy, Sellers expect signs to be placed, Agents that do not place them is mostly because avoiding time, money, extra work, the ones that use them do not enjoy to use them but is something that you suppose to do, neighbors do not like them and the only reason why this is happenning is because they are still ALLOWED here. The day that they will not be allowed anymore everything will change for sure!.
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Pat & Steve…, Agent, Westlake, OH
Tue Dec 9, 2008
Andrew:

In Northeast OH, where I am located, for sale directional signs are not allowed by city ordinances. The signs can be removed by police officers & homeowners in the area who find them offensive. As a Realtor, I find them offensive & unsightly. They tend to be used by agents who want to avoid marketing costs & may not have a web site. I do use multiple, personalized open house directional signs immediately before open houses & remove them immediately after open houses. Open house directional signs are well accepted.

Pat Pribisko
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Dana Schuster, Agent, Slidell, LA
Tue Dec 9, 2008
In the New Orleans metro area,they're not allowed. Agents do sometimes get away with placing them but if the Real Estate commission finds them,they will remove them. Also,some HOAs get very upset if these show up in their neighborhoods. They are only allowed here for open houses & must be removed immediately afterwards.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue Dec 9, 2008
Andrew,

There are people that would elect not to consider living in a neighborhood that allows unsightly signs to be placed any where. So for some people they may be helpful with directions and for other people, helpful in another way......eliminating the area from consideration.
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Avi Maganda, Agent, Apopka, FL
Mon Dec 8, 2008
Orange county in Florida allows up to 6 signs directional signs per property. Directional signs are helpful if the house is not on a "busy road " to gain exposure. Sellers (homeowners) need to sell, we are just doing our job because any smart Seller could fire an agent that is not maketing a property enough. However, I have to admit that some signs are not stylish at all! or even worst, they are not legible or visible! Then, they are a waste.
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