Where are you allowed to post signs for home for sale?

Asked by Steve, Duluth, MN Thu Feb 21, 2008

Can you put them out during the week, on the weekends?

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Jennifer Kir…, Agent, Minneapolis, MN
Fri Feb 22, 2008
Steve -

If you are selling the home yourself, good for you. Please don't listen to the pushy agents out there that say you cannot do it on your own. For some, selling on their own is the only way to go because of financial situations or family reasons.

In Minnesota, open house signs are allowed while the open house is in progress. While FSBO signs might not be the prettiest, they get the job done. I have never heard of someone having a wreck because they were distracted by a "tacky" sign. Bottom line, take advice from agents in the State of Minnesota, not those 2000 miles away.
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Todd Norsted, Agent, Maple Grove, MN
Mon Feb 25, 2008
Hmmmm....funny, I thought your question was about signs, not seeling your home yourself!

Easiest way to get the info your are looking for is your municipality. You see, it varies from area to area.

Best of luck in the sale of your home!

Thanks, Todd Norsted
Web Reference:  http://www.toddnorsted.com
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Thu Feb 21, 2008
At therisk of anticipating your questions....I take it because your profile says Home Seller that you are not a Realtor, is that right?
Let me be candid: You are trying to sell one home; your home. We make OUT LVING selling homes. That means MORE THAN ONE. Why is that important to you?

First, even if you are a person selling without professional representation, you are probably hoping a Realtor will 'bring you a buyer". So, just hypothetically, if there were fewer Realtors, there might be fewer buyers. So it may be in your best interest to be at least somewhat supportive of Realtors.

Two, citiizens do not like tacky signs. So cities have ordinances against tacky signs. That means in some locales we need to have our signs approved, then pay for a permit to put them out. They can only be placed in certain places at certain times, and other rules apply. No balloons, no flags, only one per corner, etc.

Three, one of the reasons the rules exist is that people MIGHT have a car accident if they are distracted by a tacky sign.

So. contrasting the casual home seller with a Realtor, we need to have the city look favorably upon our professions. We are professeionals. We get paid and make a living by helping people buy and sell homes. We are the people that show prorperty Christmas Eve, New Years Day, meet with a grieving family to sell their parent's home, the list goes on.

Lastly, most owners selling on their own hire a Realtor ( over 80%). We try to be nice to you. You be nice to us. In the city of Burbank they did not ALLOW Open House signs until just two years ago. None, zero, zip.

Ask the city office of neighborhood services regarding rules for For Sale and Open House signs.
If you by chance are a Realtor, same applies to you.
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Jennifer Kir…, Agent, Minneapolis, MN
Thu Feb 21, 2008
Each city has its own city ordinances in Minnesota so call the city of Duluth to see what the rules are. Most home owners are allowed to have For Sale by Owner signs in the yard, but not on the public right of way. Directional signs for open houses are usually allowed for a few hours, but there are rules where you can place them.
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Kathy Carter, , Bergen County, NJ
Thu Feb 21, 2008
You have to check with your town to see what the regulations state. If you call the local police station. They will be able to let you know. It varies from town to town - state to state.
Web Reference:  http://www.Kathy-Carter.com
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