SIGN VIGILANTES STRIKE AGAIN

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Midamerica Referral Network

SIGN VIGILANTES - OR - I KNOW I PUT A SIGN THERE YESTERDAY

Part of getting a new listing is sign placement to advertise  the property is for sale.    Signage is used heavily here in the Ozarks.

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 Unlike developments in large cities, properties around Shell Knob's hills take many a twist and turn.  We provide maps to clients at Tri-Lakes Realtors, but even then it can be a challenge if road signs are missing.

If an agent doesn't put up enough directional signs, it is easy to get lost.

Two new listings I have are good examples.  They are both about six or seven miles outside Shell Knob.  To properly direct potential buyers to find them requires 4 directionals, as it takes four left turns to get to the house.

I  place my signs out of the way of any mowing or maintenance by the county.  In most cases, this land is rural with no homes near the corners.  Our first challenge here is to even get the sign to stay in the ground and stand stable.  This land is so rocky it takes a heavy mallet to drive the sign in, and often takes moving it around several times to locate a spot that doesn't hit rocks.

My first directional off the main road didn't last a week before it disappeared.  The next directional was several feet back from the road, and it lasted one day.  These signs were not laid down.  They just disappeared.

  Who took them?  Why take them?  I have no idea.  We don't have any laws prohibiting signs.  I've got to wonder how these vigilantes would feel if their property was for sale, and no prospective buyer driving by would know it because there were no signs?

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Rainer
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David Width Jr.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ

You can not cure ignorance. Who knows why people do half the stupid things they do in this world.

Feb 20, 2009 04:22 AM #1
Rainmaker
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John Mulkey
TheHousingGuru.com - Waleska, GA
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Joan, are you certain there are no local ordinances regarding signs? In my area we have county workers who drive the county on weekends and pulling up and discarding illegal signs. I'd check with the local authorities to see if something has changed.

Feb 20, 2009 04:24 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

John:  Thanks.  I probably should call the county road people.  They do pick up signs that hinder their road maintenance.

Feb 20, 2009 04:26 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

You can keep dishing out money by replacing them or find another spot.  Maybe someone in the area doesn't like them and gets a kick out of taking them.  Who knows?  If you know someone that wouldn't mind sitting 24 hours to keep watch, maybe you can find the culprit that way.

Feb 20, 2009 04:28 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO

Angelica:  Thanks, but the last one I lost I placed Waaay back from the corner.  Who knows??? 

Feb 20, 2009 04:32 AM #5
Anonymous
ColtDan

Joan:  There are sign laws in MO.  All signs require a permit or are not permitted on road rights-way.  In addition, folks who own the land may not care for the signs on their properties.   I would not be pleased if someone put signs on my property without asking and would remove them.  And, yes, the road side belongs to the property owner.  The State, County or city has a right-of-way, but the land belongs to the adjacent land owners.

Feb 20, 2009 06:39 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

In WY you may not place the sign in the road right-of-way, which means it must go on private property. Make sure you have permission from the landowner...

Feb 21, 2009 04:39 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Steve Mattison
Canyon de Chelly National Mo, AZ
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Joan, have had this happen too and found a couple of them being covered and/or replaced by signs that proudly displayed yard sale and garage sale in people's own front lawns, like they think we don't know they didn't pay for that heavy metal frame holding that cardboard sign, ha ha ha.

Feb 21, 2009 09:54 AM #8
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