Our local Realtor association posted on our Fb page that approsimately 50 real estate signs had been found?
Unlike pairs of socks, these signs had not been found behind the dryer....they were stacked in piles behind the maintenance building at a local 4,000+ HOA community....deposited there by the chief of police at the direction of the HOA administration.
In a comment in the weekly community newsletter, the police chief indicated he had called LOCAL real estate agents that their real estate signs were non-conforming with the HOA rules and that if they were not fixed or removed, he would remove them....those signs were fixed and/or removed apparently.
Unfortunately, most of the signs in the above photos are out-of area * 30 minutes away * and not the "local" real estate office he spoke with and provided his warning.
Meanwhile, these homeowners are being penalized because the HOA/police could not jot down their phone #s and call them directly, but rather the HOA spent $$ and man-hours to remove these signs and stack them unceremoniously at an out of the way location on the property.
The location was found when the police chief's comments were reported to the local Realtor association and directions were posted on Fb as to how they could be found by the real estate offices.
YES...big YES, the offices should have known the HOA sign rules; however, the HOA SELECTIVELY warning local offices that their signs would be confiscated while not notifying ALL of the other offending brokerage firms that their signs would be taken shown a total lack of concern for 1) the private property of the real estate brokerage firms; 2) the home values of the HOA; AND 3) concern for the use of HOA fund$ to police this issue when some additional phone calls and warnings would have eliminated the need for the sign removal.
HOAs are wonderful things...until they are NOT.