There's a new listing in my neighborhood. I noticed it a couple of weeks ago when I walked by as the sign was not a familiar sign in the yard, and I had never heard of the Broker before. I won't say the whole Broker's name, but within the title is the phrase "New Home". I assumed they were buying a new home, and doing one of those programs that some builders offer where they'll buy your house at a discount to guarantee the sale if your efforts of selling it with their preferred Realtor doesn't work out in time to close on the new house...
Then, I walked by last week, and was very confused. There were now two signs in the yard, one which I recognized. I thought to myself, "Oh, they must be having issues with the previous Broker and have decided to switch Brokers. But, Donna, isn't it poor manners to put your sign up before the previous contract is fully terminated and the sign is down? Yes, it's very poor manners."
I continued my walk. Then, I thought it would be an interesting blog topic about two Brokers duking it out for a listing. I've heard of stories from "back in the day" when sellers would allow multiple Brokers to list their houses as they were not "exclusive" listings, so this was scenario two that ran through my head of what was going on.
I went home to get my camera to take pictures of the signs. Then, something interesting caught my eye. The same phone number was on both signs. Huh? Why would two Brokers have the same phone numbers? I saw one sign had an agent's name, but the other sign did not.
I went home and pulled it up in the MLS again. It was listed under the Brokerage name that I had recognized and the agent's name that was on the other sign. Huh? Was this agent switching Brokerages and just trying to cover all her bases for when the switch happens?
If you saw something like this, what would you think? If you were a seller, would you allow two different signs like this in your yard? I think it's not only a bad reflection on the agent, but I think it's a bad reflection on the seller as it makes them look like they're not sure who actually has their listing.
I've been waiting for one of the signs to disappear over the past few days, but they're both still there. I want to call the agent and ask what the story is, but I don't want a sales, recruiting pitch from her. Has anyone seen two signs in someone's yard like this before?