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Brian, Home Seller in Texas

is it legal for the home owners association to prohibit any and all yard signs including for sale signs?

Asked by Brian, Texas Tue Apr 22, 2008

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You should not let such a prohibition concern you too much. Few homes are sold to buyers who are shopping signs. Most such buyers know neither what they can afford, nor the value of the home they call about.
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Brian it sure is in California. I am not real clear about Texas but... you could look at your home owner rules and regulations, that should spell it out for you.

If you can't put a sign out in the yard perhaps you can at least put a sign in the window of your houses. That is how I get around it here in CA.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
An HOA can limit any signage that they choose. Many will prohibit signage that is in common areas, but not those that are in your private space. If you have a balcony, you may consider placing a sign there, but first check with the HOA to see if the sign can be attached to a railing or if you have to have it free-standing (you can put a stake sign in a planter pot). Window signs are also generally allowed, but again, check your HOAs rules.

Statistics show that For Sale signs account for very few home sales, but they are helpful in assisting people to find your home once they are in your development. They also help your neighbors who may be looking to move into a new unit in your development - they may be renters, or they may be wanting to move up to a larger unit.

That said, the internet is your best advertising resource if used properly. Most Realtors only use a fraction of the internet's capabilities, so be sure to hire a Realtor who knows how to maximize your home's exposure online.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
It is rare for an HOA to prohibit all signs. Are you sure it is not just "For Rent" Signs? What about the builder's signs that say Available or For Sale? If you want to get the policy changed quickly, complain that the builder is breaking the HOA guidelines with their signs :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Perhaps.....probably need to look at the HOA docs or consult a real estate attorney. I would think no sales signs at all might be a restraint of trade. I know some require that you use specific types of signs--usually in their colors and style but with the agents contact info on it. One HOA I know about won't allow anything that says "For Lease" on it. There are lots of cities in my market area that do limit the number of signs and the size. They also don't allow the directional signs and if they do, they have lots of restrictions on them. Good luck and let us know what you find out. One thing you might do is check with the HOA management company and not the local neighborhood president or rep. Sometimes they don't actually know the rules and you have to gently educate them. You want to be peaceful and friendly in your negotiations with all though as often you'll need them to sign paperwork for the transfer of sale. Some HOAs require an outside inspection of your home for compliance to HOA rules. You want this to go smoothly. As much as possible you don't want them coming back to you saying your landscape changes were approved by the board that only meets every two months, or you didn't file an architectural review board approval for the change in paint color or shingle style.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
Yes some HOA have strict regulations regarding the realtors signs they must be followed OR you can be fined by the HOA, or they can remove the signs . Best not to cause problems with HOA, usually with our listings with HOA we need to confirm all the regulations for signs and etc.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Yes, HOA's can prohibit any and all yard signs, including for sale signs. I would also be careful about putting a sign in the window. Some HOA's allow them and others don't. I'd go over your covenants, restrictions, and bylaws for the HOA. Also, contact your board and set up a time to meet with them to discuss your situation. Sometimes, they may be willing to allow a variance. Considering the harder times home sellers are coming upon, sellers need every advantage they can get to bring attention to their home. A lot of times, a yard sign can help with that.

Another thing to consider is a flyer in a flyer box at the entrance to the community with all of the homes for sale in the HOA. You could advertise an open house on that as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Yes, it is, but the first place I'd check is with the association. They could have an exclusion for properties For Sale that could be an "unwritten rule". I know the one I live in does! Check that out first !
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Find out in writing what the rules are for a particular Assn. and then contact a real estate attorney to
see if it is legal in your state to do this. Then take appropriate action.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Some association will limit the signage including not being able to place a sign in the window. It is not illegal but it does make it more difficult for sellers to openly sell their homes. In some association and counties even OPEN HOUSE signs are allowed in front of the home not at the corner of the street for only the time of the actual open house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Yes it is. Your only option may be to place the For Sale sign in a window.
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