As the real estate market begins to show some small signs of life, there are new lawn decorations beginning to spring up on front lawns across some Palm Beach County area HOAs. They are not the cute, little lawn gnomes you may have read about in Harry Potter, or seen on Travelocity commercials. No, these decorations are meant to serve a greater purpose; to sell homes.
In the past, some associations have taken a hard line on the use and placement of real estate signs. In Summit Run, for example, it is against the rules to place “For Sale” signs in the front lawn. Since technically the homeowners in Summit Run only own the three feet around their house, plus their driveways, they must be placed in the windows of the home. Any signs that are placed on the lawn are removed, after the realtor has been contacted by the property manager.
“And, we know that many homeowners also have doubts about allowing them to be displayed on their properties for fear of putting their privacy and security at risk,” says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.
“However, we can’t let all this pass without putting the case in favour. Quite simply, having a For Sale sign on a home is like having an agent on duty 24/7 – and there are plenty of statistics to prove that these signs not only generate additional interest in the property, but often lead directly to sales.”
– Do not display “For Sale By Owner” or “Private Sale” signs carrying your own phone number. Rather give your mandate to a reputable agency and let your agent field the calls from prospective buyers and pre-qualify them before arranging for them to view your home at a time that suits you. This protects both your privacy and security. Of course, you then have to worry about commissions and other fees, but it does save you the hassle of dealing with individuals who may not have the best intentions in mind.
– Deal only with agents that adhere to the local bylaws and regulations regarding For Sale signs. For example, even if you do award more than one mandate, the number of signs that may be displayed per property are usually restricted to one per agency and a maximum total of three. Bylaws usually also cover the size, shape and condition of the signs that may be used, and reputable agents will of course ensure that no unsightly boards detract from the appearance of the property.
In today’s modern, electronic world, real estate signs are simply another tool in being able to market your largest investment. By utilizing the internet, as well as other emerging ways of advertising your home, signs are not as much of a factor as they were in the past. Besides, don’t we have too many signs around anyways, “blocking out the scenery!”
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