For Sale Signs and Homeowner Associations

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Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group, Inc. BK641413

for sale signsNeighborhoods with a homeowners association (HOA) have become increasingly popular in recent decades.  There are pros and cons to living in a neighborhood that has an HOA.  One of the aspects of HOAs that affects real estate agents and sellers is whether "for sale" signs are allowed to be placed in yards.  In some cases, the HOA does allow signs but restricts their size and colors.  Do you agree or disagree with such rules or restrictions?  Why or why not?

Many parts of the country are experiencing a buyer's market where inventory is high and it's common to see multiple signs in neighborhoods that allow them.  Do you think this affects the neighborhood values?  Do you try to make your sign "stand out" somehow and, if so, how?

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Rainmaker
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Carolyn Nelson
Realty One Carolina, LLC - Burlington, NC
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The For Sale sign size doesn't seem to make a difference in my neighborhood and with the HOA. They are more concern if the grass is over 6 inches high, if the pole that your mail box is sitting on is not painted white, if the blooming flowers are not color coordinatied, or if the shrubs outside your home is not the same height.
Sep 06, 2006 12:11 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
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I live in an Island community where our signs are seriously regulared.   It seems that it does keep things looking the same.  We are not allowed riders and the size is very specific.  There are several communities that completely outlawed them in Naples.  It just means that we have to use other means to get the information out there.   We have several communities that do not allow Open Houses -- imagine how hard it is to sell in that community -- no signs, no Open Houses.
Sep 06, 2006 01:00 AM #2
Rainer
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Bob Pavey
RE/MAX Hometown - Aventura, FL
CRS
Signs are very important. I use a hotline sign with a hotline numberfor 24hour information and it is great for getting buyers and selling the home. These HOA's have nothing better to do than makestrange rules. Whats the difference if you see the person selling or not the homes arestill changing hands, it's going to happen
Sep 06, 2006 01:40 AM #3
Rainer
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Karen Villa Schweinfurth
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors, Inc. 425-308-3669 - Everett, WA
ABR, CRS, SRES, CyberStar

Most condo projects here do not allow our signs. They have one sign outfront that says "listings available here, find an agent". We can put our flyers in the boxes provided.

I use a metal sign with my photo, web address and phone number. It is also a "glow in the dark" kind as we have many dark early days in the winter here. Makes your sign stand out when cars drive by.

Sep 06, 2006 02:28 AM #4
Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

Most of our city/suburbs have rules on the size, number (1) of signs allowed, and where they can be placed. Some of the upscale suburbs require a certain color (green/white, brown/white). Condos allow 1 sign in a window which makes it harder to sell them. I'm not aware of any HOA's that don't allow signs ... they just defer to local laws.

Regarding Open House signs, we have two townships with overzealous workers that bother to go out on Sunday afternoons to take away signs that are at intersections & technically on township property. Our taxes at work.

Sep 06, 2006 03:21 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
From a home owner's perspective I would have mixed feelings.  On one hand, if too many homes/condos were for sale does that give the sense that something is wrong with the neighborhood?  On the other, how on earth can I get the word out that my place is for sale if no one can see a sign?I sometimes think the HOA's get a bit picky.
Sep 10, 2006 11:06 AM #6
Rainer
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S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
Bonnie, I feel the same way.  I think in some respects it can hurt neighborhood home values when there are too many signs (common during a buyers market) but it also hurts individual homeowners in that it limits the number of prospective buyers.  I think that perhaps this is the reason why a few neighborhood have rules/regulations about the size and colors of the signs (smaller, black & white only, no rider signs, and not the usual large sign post).  Sort of a happy medium?
Sep 10, 2006 12:56 PM #7
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