Disappearing yard signs

Real Estate Agent with Frank Rubi Real Estate
I woke up this morning and found out my house was for sale.  Not by me, but five realtors from different companies and even a FSBO.  Naturally I wanted to find out the details.  How much was I asking for my house? I think I needed to know this.  How come I had five realtors hired to sell my hose?  What about the FSBO?  So naturally I did the first thing any parent would do.  I woke up my teenage daughter.  As I figured one of her friends was plying a trick.  OK I thought it was funny, but once is enough.  Of course he didn't remember where the signs came from.  So I instructed him to return them to the offices and I would stay cool.  I figure I probably would have done this too at his age.  I also told him next time I wouldn't be so lenient.
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Gary Bland R (S) E-Pro, ABR
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
You must admit is is very cute that they thought of you and brought you the competition.
Dec 31, 2007 05:15 AM #1
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

John, this reminds me of former days when students would steal road signs for their frat houses.  It seemed harmless, but stealing is stealing, and it costs money to replace the signs.

BTW, did you get any offers? 

Dec 31, 2007 05:16 AM #2
Don Stern
Realty Executives South Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
Greater Baton Rouge Real Estate
Well, at least he didn't disassemble your car and reassemble it in your living room :)
Dec 31, 2007 05:22 AM #3
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

I love the bright side here, "at least he didn't diassemble your car"...is there a link that goes with that comment? LOL!


Dec 31, 2007 05:24 AM #4
Hank Roeters
Platinum Partners Realtors - Darien, IL
We have one agent in my area that takes all her signs down the day before Halloween, and puts them back the day after. I'll have to ask her what happened to make her do this. Might be an interesting story.
Dec 31, 2007 05:49 AM #5
Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols
ReeceNichols Real Estate - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate
Reminds me of being young....but what's funny is that my adult friends and I still do this occasionally - as a joke to one another! It's usually after a party ends!
Dec 31, 2007 06:58 AM #6
Matthew Rosov
Amerisave Mortgage Corporation - Laurel, MD
Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Halloween and New Year's is another good idea - perhaps April Fool's Day also?  Especially if you live in a college town!
Dec 31, 2007 07:22 AM #8
Robert McArtor
RE/MAX Components - Fallston Maryland - Bel Air, MD
Top Listing Agent for Baltimore and Harford County
And I thought I tried everything at least once! :)
Dec 31, 2007 07:31 AM #9
unknown unknown
Metairie, LA
thanks for the welcome john!
Dec 31, 2007 10:21 AM #10
Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Certified Military Relocation Expert
This is a bit funny.  I know they live around real estate but I didn't figure they would think along those lines to play a trick.
Dec 31, 2007 10:50 AM #11
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
John, I guess if that all there doing your in great shape. I know I did a lot worst.
Dec 31, 2007 06:54 PM #12
Clark Hitchcock
Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc - Chilliwack, BC
Realtor - Fraser Valley

How much were you selling your house for?

 Oh the fun times of being young.

Dec 31, 2007 07:24 PM #13
Susan Milner
Florida Future Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents
That's funny, so did he sell your house? LOL
Jan 01, 2008 01:00 AM #14
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties
John, how funny. I have always wondered where my signs disappear to. Kids...what are you gonna do with him. They do somehow grow up into very delightful people! Thanks, this was cute! Happy New Year!
Jan 02, 2008 12:42 AM #15
Jason Wheeler
JasonWheeler.biz - Pleasant Hill, CA
Funny story.  Sound like he has a future in real estate!
Jan 02, 2008 03:25 AM #16
The All Pro Team
EXIT Realty Leaders - Crystal River, FL

John that is a funny story.  I once had a vacant house listed and the neighborhood kids kept moving the signs to other properties.  What a pain, everyday I got calls about houses that we didn't really have listed!

Melonie Haag

Jan 02, 2008 04:07 AM #17
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate
This is a funny blog and the posts are also really funny.  Man that is a bad prank to put your sign in others yards that aren't even your listings.  Oh my!  We are all smiling with your son, so don't tell him to read the blog.
Jan 03, 2008 11:59 AM #18
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
Crazy kids, I am mad because I didn't think of stuff like this when I could get away with it.  Thanks for the responses.
Jan 03, 2008 12:00 PM #19
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
John:  I'm sorry but this is funny to me.  I do think you certainly did the right thing by having the signs returned to the respective offices since the signs do cost money.  Still, I would rather see a teen do something like this than some of the other really horrible stuff some of them get into.
Jan 03, 2008 01:21 PM #20
Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe
LivingInBirmingham.com - Birmingham, AL
John... my immature side says that sure in funny, but my adult real estate side sees the harm in this. We are having a lot of trouble at one of our listings with signs and flyer boxes ending up in neighbors yards. At least most of them are calling us to get them.
Jan 08, 2008 10:42 AM #21
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