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.
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?