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Real estate open house signs posted on my property...(13 posts)

Real estate open house signs posted on my property...filtersweep
Aug 8, 2003 11:49 AM
...well, actually on my easement (between sidewalk and road)- technically city property, although I am responsible for its general maintenance, though the city will remove/trim trees, etc....

Anyway, do these real estate folks actually have the right to post these open house signs? (You know the type: "OPEN HOUSE --->" )If they do, where does it end? Can someone else post some political sign that I do not agree with?

My impish nature is at least tempted to change the direction of the arrow. There is one particular real estate company where I'd have no issue with completely defacing the sign. Who's property is the sign itself if it is simply left on my easement?

While I know better than to solicit legal advise from strangers, I'm curious to know....
call and ask them to move itmohair_chair
Aug 8, 2003 12:08 PM
The best solution is the easiest one. If the guy won't move it, move it for him. The city may technically own the property, but that doesn't mean everyone gets to use it as they see fit.
Seems as though RE companies get away with murder94Nole
Aug 8, 2003 12:10 PM
I can't answer your question but I, a business owner with multiple locations, incur the wrath of the sign ordinance folks with every move I make and the #!@#$%^!! Real Estate companies have free reign to do as they wish. Really pi$$es me off. I'd definitely take it down if it was up to me.
RE companies get away with murderfiltersweep
Aug 8, 2003 12:40 PM
We purchased this house through a friend who does RE. The seller's agent, however, left her key box on the door for a few weeks after she said she'd pick it up. I asked our agent to notify her that I would personally "take care of the box" if she didn't remove it. I still have it.

A few days after we moved in we received a post card from the agent that she sent to everyone in the neighborhood with a photo of our house, how long it took to sell (not very long), and the selling price (as an ad for people to sell their houses through her). Granted this is public info, but it seemed in very bad taste- especially to include us in the mailing.
re: Real estate open house signs posted on my property...Alpedhuez55
Aug 8, 2003 12:26 PM
Do they take them down after the open house is over??? I would think it would just be a neighborly thing to let them post put a sign up for a few hours as long as they are removing them and not leaving them there. If they are leaving them there overnight, then I would complain about it.

A political sign is another matter. I would take that down even it I support the candidate. I was taking down one sign that someone kept sticking in the lawn the public school yard across the street from my house. I threw about 5 or 6 of them away. It turns out it was a teacher posting signs against a Tax Ballot Question. She confronted me about it one day and I pointed out it was illegal for her to post the sign on city property and said if I see another one posted I would contact the police department and some friends of mine on the school committee. She never put another one up after that.
re: Real estate open house signs posted on my property...Live Steam
Aug 8, 2003 12:50 PM
I am guessing that the sign is just an arrow pointing in the direction of the open house. Alp has a point about being neighborly, but the neighbor who is selling should have realized the sign is placed on your property and made some offer of thanks for you tolerating it. I also agree with mohair that you can just remove it and place it on the property being sold. The RE agency does not have free reign to place signs any place they please. I am surprised that the agent didn't ask permission first. The agent should have asked permission first.
Maybe some damn kids will destroy them tonight at 11:00..nmMR_GRUMPY
Aug 8, 2003 12:36 PM
Kinda expensivePaulCL
Aug 8, 2003 4:36 PM
From the son of a retired RE agent.....if the sign gets destroyed, the agent must buy it from the company. The signs cost like $200 per. My suggestion. Call the agent's name on the sign, leave a message that the sign is coming down and is stored leaned up against your house in the back. Give specific directions as to where to get it so the agent doesn't have to knock on your door. Leave a note on the sign that it will come down everytime it goes back up. THe agent will get the message.
that explains why they came so quicklyColnagoFE
Aug 11, 2003 9:16 AM
after i threatened to throw the sign in next week's trash pickup! ;)
pissant solutionDuane Gran
Aug 10, 2003 5:16 AM
I once had a slumlord in Washington DC who really upset me. The short story of it is that I spent nine days in the winter without heat. When I was moving out they put up a sign in the yard, so I inverted two digits of the phone number on the sign. Yeah, it was petty and whatnot. There were probably better solutions, but at the time I felt good about it. :) I don't think I would do that today, but then today I own a rental property so the tables are quite turned.
Uh, so in other words, you were getting your "revenge"...The Walrus
Aug 10, 2003 1:50 PM
...by misdirecting a slew of phone calls to some uninvolved third party? For shame! May all your children grow up to be telemarketers!
Pull it down.sn69
Aug 10, 2003 7:02 AM
Having just sold a house I think I speak from recent experience. We posted most of our signs on city property (neutral groud/medians), but a couple went on corner easments. We asked permission from the homeowners. ...It's the right thing to do. If some realtor plopped one into your yard without asking, then he/she is in the wrong and you've got the moral high ground to pull it out. Still, the polite thing to do would be to ask the realtor/seller if they would be so kind as to ask you next time.

Sometimes a little kindness and considerations are worth the effort...
And once the house sells make sure they take the sign away!ColnagoFE
Aug 11, 2003 7:42 AM
When we bought our house I called the agent (not our agent by the way) to come pick up his sign. A week went by and I pulled it out of the ground and put it by where the trash picks up. Gave him one more call and told him the trash comes on Monday (it was Sat) and if he wanted his sign he better come and get it or it was going in the trash Monday. Funny thing...it was gone the next day!