Sign Bandits

Real Estate Agent with Advance Realty
Just read a another blog that reminds me of a story that happened to us earlier this year. I was 6 months pregnant putting out "Open House on Sunday" signs on a Sat. afternoon.That way passer byers could have some notice and hopefully stop by on Sunday. I put up about 12 signs on all the corners I could in the freezing cold November wind...the next day went to do the open house and my heart dropped into my stomach! Someone had stolen my signs! I have never had this happen before. I couldn't believe it-my eyes filled up with tears. Thank goodness I had like 3 signs in my car I could pop up and the bandits missed two on some lame corners so I moved those to busier corners. The sad part is...where one of my signs had been was another Realtor's sign. To this day I don't know did it or why they did it...maybe neighborhood kids thinking it was a funny prank? Maybe a neighbor in a bad mood? Or was it actually a fellow Realtor? It's really sad...I will never know. Has this ever happen to you? It broke my heart!

Comments (5)

Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA

This happens all the time out here in Los Angeles. But people still put signs up. Some signs even have graffiti on them.


Mar 02, 2007 09:53 AM
Diane Testa
Mullica Hill, NJ
I had a builder's "super" take down my directional sign, throw it away, and put my American Flags (that were on it) in the garden of the sample home. And then called the police on me when I went to retrieve my property. AND-- I was selling my own home. I don't think I'll EVER recommend a buyer deal with them!
Mar 02, 2007 10:31 AM
Christina Ethridge
The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group - Coeur d'Alene, ID

A suggestion, don't put open house signs up until you are actually doing the open house - ie, put them up the 30 minutes prior to the open.  Start the farthest away and work your way to the property.  Then, when you are done with the open, take the signs down.

I actually haven't even heard of someone putting them up the night before - honestly that's asking for theft.  Depressing, but true. 

Mar 02, 2007 11:27 AM
Carol Spengel
Prudential Rubloff - Wheaton, IL
Wheaton IL
Our police take signs down if they are on right-of-ways.  They put them in the dumpster behind the station.  Sherry
Mar 02, 2007 11:35 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Out here if there are any signs left up at dusk, they are usually removed by city authorities, and they don't care if they are advertising tomorrow's open house. The only mobile signs that are allowed to be up after dark are usually the political signs during election seasons.

Jul 05, 2011 05:07 AM

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