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Real Estate Broker/Owner with America's Caribbean Realty

Yesterday I announced the Adopt-A-Sign-Program.  My wife on her way from home noticed one of my signs mangled in front of one of my listings.  I told her to bring it home.  I thought it was those teens again.  When the sign got home, I took it out for an investigation with the help of my neighbor Randy.  We both were practicing our forensic abilities, pretending we were on CSI Reno.  Upon further study we noticed the sign had been hit with a paintball as well.  Poor thing.  Our final conclusion was it was crumpled by a random teen. 

I decided to break the news to the Seller's, that their sign had been killed.  I call, Ms Seller answers. 

 "Ms. Seller, I have your sign, it has been killed....I am sorry"

She says, "Oh Mr. Seller ran over it with the big horse trailer, he took the corner too tight.  I guess he took out the fence post too!  He did this the other day!", she says laughingly. 

I think to myself, "when were you going to tell me?"

Instead, I reply "It's ok, accidents happen"  and they do, but it still the thought of there is another $30 expense!  Oh well, they are really great people, and the sign frame is now out in my bent frame pile, joining the 6 other casulties. 

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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
That's pretty funny.  I wonder if they were actually going to say anything...  I once had an agent call me and tell me he had one of my signs on his front porch waiting for pick up.  I asked him why he had my sign. He said he found a bunch of different signs at a nearby elementary school.  I called the seller and asked her if the sign was in front.  She said yes.  I asked her to look out the window, and she was like, how did you know? I told her I was on my way to pick it up.  She said she could have sworn it was there at 8pm the night before, but she also could have assumed it was in the yard when she got home that night... at least my sign wasn't harmed.... but that doesn't make up for the ones that are blatantly stolen and never found.
Aug 15, 2007 10:02 AM
Ken Wiseman
America's Caribbean Realty - Charlotte Amalie, VI
Another agent and I had each 7 signs stolen one night.  We suspected it was this agent that was jealous of us and was to be honest crazy.  2 yrs later, my neighbor was out horseback riding about 10 miles away out in the desert and said she found my old signs.  Sure enough, I go out there and there they all were.  As a matter of fact the other agent's signs are still sitting in my yard here as he hasn't come to pick them up.....guess he isn't busy enough?
Aug 15, 2007 10:07 AM
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
Ken ~ You are a Wise Man. It seems you take everything in stride. Is there anything that rattles you? Don't tell me snakes.      8)
Aug 16, 2007 03:52 AM

Hi, Ken,

To answer your question; No, I wasn't going to call and tell you that I had smashed your sign.  I was planning on straightening it, and replacing it in it's proper place, along with the post, that I also targeted.

If I had noticed the sign was missing, I would have automatically assumed that some demented collector of mangled real estate signs had absconded with it. 

I have since made mental preparations to not run over that spot again, thus missing the real estate sign, and the post that I have replaced, but it seems that you weren't taking any chances that I might have a relapse, by moving the sign location to the other side of the driveway.  Ha, that won't help. Though I will attempt to avoid it in the future, I can't promise anything.

Sorry about that.


The sign smasher

Aug 16, 2007 07:48 AM
Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

Hey, Ken, if you're going to represent horse properties, I figure that an occasional sign taken out by a horse trailer is just part of the cost of doing business! ;-)


Aug 16, 2007 08:21 AM