Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Why Are you Junking up Your Signs?

Why Are you Junking up Your Signs?

 Why are you junking up your signs if you're not going to make sure they're portraying the image of you that puts you in the best light?  If you're going to put sign riders on your signs, you should make sure they're attached securely. 

This sign is two doors down from me.  The house has been on the market since July '07 and has not had a price adjustment of any kind.  Instead, about 4 months ago, this "Special Financing" sign appeared.  In today's mortgage situation, what kind of "Special Financing" are you talking about?  There are no more "outside the box" loans.  Either you fit the mold or you don't.  How can you advertise that the house has special financing when there, more than likely, isn't going to be anything special about it.  What do you think of the agent whose riders are hanging off their sign like this?

Here is another sigh that is across the street from me.  Yes, the same broker,  but different listing agents.  If you're going to impress the sellers at your listing appointment that you're going to cut down a few trees to keep flyers in the box attached to the sign, why is it never full of flyers?  Do you get a lot of angry calls from people driving around wanting that flyer?  Probably not since I don't live in an area where you would get too much drive-by traffic, so the agent probably doesn't even know it's been empty for weeks. 

So, if you're going to put sign riders and boxes with your signs, why aren't you paying attention to how they represent you?  A sign rider falling off a sign signals Sloppy Agent to me.  Flyer box that sits empty week after week signals Lazy Agent to me.

I won't promise fancy riders and flyer boxes when I list your house.  I'll promise you a very clean sign with my name and contact information on it, for when each and every buyer pulls up to the house with their appointment to view it, not drive by it.

Remember, I work all of North Dallas County and Collin County including Richardson, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Carrollton, Garland, Rowlett, McKinney, etc... my car will take us anywhere you need to go!! 

 ARE YOU PACKED YET?!

Comment balloon 21 commentsDonna Harris • March 13 2008 11:46AM

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I've seen some crazy looking signs myself. Some that looked like they were glued and stapled together! I will say one thing though, they attract attention. Maybe that counts for something.
Posted by Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906 (Towne Adams REALTORS) over 10 years ago

Donna,

Sloppy is what sloppy does.......You must be in-tuned to what you allow to reflect your image.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 10 years ago

Donna,

I don't know what some agents are thinking. I agree with the whole sign image thing.  I work at an office now where they put the signs up with a level!  All of our signs always look good, but some other companies I can't even understand.  Although signs in our area are heavily regulated by our city and county ordinances, some people still don't follow the rules, or rules of just plane decency!  There is a house around the corner from me that has not only one but TWO signs, niether of which are straight upright, one of the signs fell off the sign post and the other one doesn't face the right way.  They both have flyer boxes, but never have fliers, I'm just waiting for the signs to fall in the road onto a car.  And amazingly enough, the signs aren't violating any ordinances because the home is on a corner, and each sign although two feet apart, are on two different streets! 

Not surprisingly these signs are from an unanmed discount company that unfortunately doesn't always have the best reputation.  You get what you pay for I guess? 

Maybe like wendy says, they are getting noticed!

 

G

Posted by Gigi Gerritsen (Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Co.) over 10 years ago
Ohhh, good point. I have seen signs that have been blown down by a wind storm and left that way for weeks. I finally will call the agent and tell them what is going on and they usually fix it pretty quickly. I have no idea how it took my phone call to alert them to it in the first place!
Posted by Patrick Johnson (Windermere) over 10 years ago
That first one is definitly a crazy looking sign.  No artistic flare there for sure.
Posted by Carol Judd, Vernal Utah Real Estate (New Star Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Just because they can I guess.  I told my wife I was going to work on my open house signs and she said they are just signs.  They get crooked, streaked and so on.  To me, they are tools.
Posted by Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate (Fathom Realty) over 10 years ago

Wendy, Yes, I guess it would be good that people are noticing the house because of the sign issue.

Dan, Can I have a box of chocolates with that?

Gigi, Two ugly signs right next to each other?  Yikes! Good thing for HOAs when city ordinance doesn't apply.

Patrick, Why isn't the seller calling?  You can see they care to sell their  home quickly...

Carol, I agree.

Gene, And bird poop!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 10 years ago

If they haven't lowered the price after all of these months, my guess would be that the seller's are holding out and refuse to lower it. Some people are stubborn. The sign is bad but think of it this way...you have a listing you know is hard to sell and the sellers won't budge on price....you start losing interest in it and are just waiting for the listing to expire at this point. You will of course concentrate on the listings where the sellers really need to sell. That is not a good excuse for being sloppy but it can explain the lack of interest. Then again, maybe they have taken on more than they can handle...or maybe they are just lazy.

I like to think there are two sides to every story and some stories just aren't obvious.

Posted by Cheri Smith, Realtor Prudential Gary Greene (Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX) over 10 years ago

I HATE whey they are out of flyers...HATE IT.  What is the point, aaaand you are potentially loosing business with interested buyers.  Although I do admit I usually take one with no intention of buying (...sorry all, I'm just really interested).  Don't mean to plug here either but what about using some kind of text messaging system (its what my company does).  That way you wouldn't need flyers...

 Love the post, signs do say a lot more than you actually think.

-Chris

House Value

Posted by Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront (HouseFront) over 10 years ago
i do agree. If you are not  going to maintain the flyer box do not put one out!! i have stopped and fixed some signs of Realtors i know. Just the way I am. I use those plastic zip strips to attach my name rider. Those zip strips will hold through any weather...
Posted by Sharon Harris, Realtor (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 10 years ago
I was out today looking for some fsbo's and I saw some pretty bad signs myself.
Posted by Bart Whitmore, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams- Louisville) over 10 years ago
Good post. For the very same reason, I will NOT put multiple signs on a property. I drive past one every day that has 2 cheap looking frame signs on it, a reduced sign, and a sign for 100% financing from a lender. Looks desperate
Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 10 years ago
Good post. For the very same reason, I will NOT put multiple signs on a property. I drive past one every day that has 2 cheap looking frame signs on it, a reduced sign, and a sign for 100% financing from a lender. Looks desperate
Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 10 years ago

Cheri, It's funny because I have no empathy for that seller at all.  They told me I would list it (it is two houses down of course they want a neighbor to list it), and then they said they were not taking the job offer in AZ and that they would just commute until their son finishes schools, and then a week later, viola, a sign in the yard.  And these people have the nerve to wave to me as I'm walking the neighborhood or driving by.  I hope it sits longer!!

Chris, I use Talking House so they can get the information they need, and then call for the price if they  liked what they heard.  I have text messaging set up on some listings, but not all.

Sharon, That is a very nice thing for you to do.  I hope you get a big Thank You when you do it.

Bart, Take some pictures.

Erica, That sounds horrible, like fingers down a chalkboard!

 

 

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 10 years ago
Nice post, I agree...messy sign, messy REALTOR.  One point of contention (if it can be called that), there is special financing in this market.  I have several properties listed that are currently offering seller financing, and others offering a 3...2...1 buy down from the seller.  In some cases these can make the difference between a sale or no sale.  Especially when there are so many similar properties for sale.
Posted by Matthew Heavener (ERA Heavener Realty Co.) over 10 years ago

Donna, good point.  There are a few houses in our area that seem to have been on the market FOREVER.  The sign riders on one of them has detached itself on one side and it just dangling. you can even read the agents phone number on the sign because the rider covers it.  It's been like that since the house went on the market.  Boggles my mind...

OH and the flyer thing drives me nutso, too!  I'd say 1 of every 8 houses has a decent flyer at their property. Either there isn't one available, or they are destroyed from sun, wind, rain or snow.Not only is it a problem for the consumer, but also agents are blowing money on destroyed flyers. 

Posted by Goomzee Corporation, www.goomzee.com (Goomzee Corporation) over 10 years ago
Great post signs matter, it is the first thing a person sees when they are driving. I don't think it is a good first impression if your sign is old worn out and falling apart. I know we are all real busy but do you really want your seller to call you and say that the sign is falling apart. You should notice it before them it is only good business and take care of the problem before it becomes a problem.
Posted by Shannon Whitley, RE/MAX OAK CREST REALTY (RE/MAX OAK CREST REALTY) over 10 years ago

Hi Donna, 

Here is what I typically use:

 

It has a rider with a link directly to the MLS listing on my website, flyers in the box and a space above for a temp. rider (open house, etc.)

What I hate is the homemade looking signs that offer a rate reduction, even some in my office use those along side their regular signs.

-Mark

P.S.: If photos are not proper here I will remove.

Posted by Mark A. Moore, Virginia Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Referral Co.) over 10 years ago
Excellent points Donna. Brochure boxes are becoming more popular in our area - not sure why because the majority of the time, they are empty. Often we don't have to worry about sloppy signs - the sign doesn't stick around long enough to be faded or junked - people steal them!
Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) over 10 years ago

Mark, The photo is great as you're showing an example and you're not in my competing market ;)  As long as you keep flyers in the box, more power to you, but I don't see how that's possible, unless you give the sellers about 500 copies and tell them to check it each and every morning before they go to work.

Debbie, I've had my sign stolen three times in my 8 years. I got a call from a fellow agent who found it at the park along with about 6-7 other signs.  I called my nearest seller and asked her if a sign was in her yard and she said yes.  I asked her if she knows for sure or just assumes it's there.  She looked out her window and there was no sign.  It was pretty funny, only because I got the sign back. Other two times, signs were gone gone gone... so sad.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 10 years ago
Nothing makes me crazier than seeing empty flyer boxes....the same agent, same house, always empty. What must their sellers think? So unprofessional.
Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 10 years ago

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