Notice/Trespassing Signs for REOs

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Here's a question for all you experienced REO agents out there.  Do you put a No Trespassing sign in the windows of your listings?  What protocol do you follow regarding the signs?  Are there a certain number of signs you put up?  What wording do you put on them?  Do you list yourself as a person to call in case of emergency?  Do you put that entrance is only allowed by appointment with a real estate agent? 

I'm working with a new company who doesn't require these signs but I am a little leary of just leaving some of the properties I'm responsible for out there with no signage of any sort.  In particular I have a new listing about five miles up a mountain and off the beaten path that I am concerned about.  In the long run, I'm sure people will do what they want to do to a property if they are so inclined, but possibly a little deterance could go a long way. 

Thanks for your feedback!! 

Posted by

Susan Manning

Comments (8)

Johnny Huang
Pleasant Hill, CA
Insurance and Real Estate Broker

I'm thinking a security system sign would be best. This way no break ins, RE agents need to call for code, and free advertising for the alarm company. I don't know if any companies will put up signs without setting up the system.

Apr 01, 2008 09:52 AM
Theresa Grant
Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA
ABR, ePRO500 - The Grant Group


Every one of my listings gets a sign that says:



Authorized access only.

This property is not available for rent.

To report a problem please contact:

(My contact information here)


Hope that helps!


Apr 01, 2008 11:38 AM
Rich Kruse
Gryphon USA, Ltd. - Columbus, OH
In my world this is just like posting a sign that says "break in and steal all the copper.  there's nobody here"
Apr 01, 2008 01:40 PM
Billie Dalessio
Home Run Realty, LLC - North Haven, CT


I tend to agree with Rich. I have found once you put up the "for sale" sign you will get the call if there is a problem.

Apr 01, 2008 02:50 PM
Melissa Sall
Sulek & Dutton Real Estate - Saint Clairsville, OH
Realtor ~ Belmont County ~ Ohio
I know some security measure should be taken, but I agree with Rich. I had gone to do an occupancy check for a new property and there was a huge cardboard sign on the front door saying "If you take anything that was left in or around this property, you will be prosecuted". I thought that was a nice way to advertise for burgulars. Once I gained access to the property, there was very little inside. I've always wondered if the previous owner came back for their possessions or if it was broken into.
Apr 02, 2008 04:44 AM
David Saks
Memphis, TN
Broker / Industry Analyst
Hello Susan. The 'no trespassing' signs are a good idea. It serves notice to potential clients also that it would be a prudent thing to do to give the broker a call before they go snooping around the side of the house. You also protect a customer with this kind of notice, because if they're wandering around the property and a police cruiser pulls up they've got some 'splainin' to do. Might prevent some vandalism, too. Good thoughts.
Apr 02, 2008 09:55 AM
Susan Manning
Realty Executives - Temecula, CA

David:  You're right where I am thinking as well.  I don't want to advertise that the house is vacant, but I do want notice given to those who may or may not know what is going on with the property. 

Teresa:  Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for!!  Thank you everyone! SM

Apr 02, 2008 10:23 AM
Brian Lopiccolo

Our asset company require us to put signage when we secure the home wnd have locks changed. Never had any issues with theft.

May 24, 2011 01:21 PM