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What Do You Think About Real Estate Signs?

resignsReal estate signs announcing a house is for sale or that a house has been sold are more prevalent than ever in Scarsdale this year. There was a time when signs were not permitted – and house hunters relied on realtors to let them know what was available. Now it’s readily apparent who’s looking for a buyer – and signs of all colors and sizes are in evidence as you drive through town.

Lynne Clark, Associate Broker at Houlihan Lawrence, says about the signs, “"I have never liked real estate signs in Scarsdale. They do not enhance the beauty of our Village! I would be in favor of the Trustees looking into a stricter code and perhaps following Larchmont's lead by eliminating them altogether."

However, Scarsdale code does allow them – here are the rules as specified in the Village code, though some aspects don't appear to be enforced:

One real estate sign not larger than three feet high by four feet long on one lot, advertising the sale or letting of only the premises on which it is maintained and set back not less than 15 feet from any street line and not less than 10 feet from each side lot line which is not a street line; except that where acreage, available for or in the process of subdivision, is advertised for sale or letting, one real estate sign not larger than three feet high by four feet long will be permitted on each 500 feet, or major fraction thereof, of street frontage or, in lieu thereof, one sign not larger than three feet high by eight feet long on a whole frontage of 750 feet or more in length, provided that said signs are set back not less than 30 feet from any street line. The top of any sign provided for in this section shall not be more than eight feet above the ground or curb level, whichever is higher.

Others in the industry find the signs to be effective. According to Linda Roth, Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker, “Signs were not widely used on properties in Scarsdale until approximately 10 years ago. They are fairly prevalent today. There are Village restrictions on placement i.e. a certain distance from a point in the street. We offer small and larger signs for our clients, if they want one, and the signs are only one of the many items Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offers to our clients on the marketing of the home. Of course it’s appropriate in certain instances, one of which is the location of the home on a well-travelled street and additionally signs are not used in certain communities at all.

Jason Wilson, of Julia B. Fee/Sotheby’s believes that sales sign pique interest and arouse inquiries from neighbors and those passing by. In combination with new mobile phone apps that can show potential buyers homes for sale in a given area, these signs can be effective and realtors encourage clients to put a sign on their lawn.

What do you think? Do these signs have a positive or a negative effect on your neighborhood? Use the comments section below to share your views.

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0 #5 paulette 2012-04-20 01:17
I really believe that signs are not necessary at all. Technology allows instant access to active properties while driving through neighbourhoods. or It draws negative comments in high season as to why so many signs are on a street or in front of a condominium complex and affects the buyers mentality that a market is slow or what is wrong with the neighbourhood or the complex. Also, based on extreme weather variations (cold/warm) signs aren't always sitting erect as ground thaws creating a negative appearance. There are far more sophisticated resources that exist today to market a home than in the past and I really don't think it necessary to clutter our neighbourhoods.
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0 #4 Former Midwesterner 2012-04-20 00:20
Just a note to CCP about reasoning behind prohibiting For Sale signs: in the past, in some parts of the country (for example the wealthy suburb of a midwestern city where I grew up), For Sale signs were found to be leading to "white flight" -- entire neighborhoods were turning from mainly white-owned to mainly black-owned in a matter of months when neighbors saw each other selling and then all rushed to get out before their property values plummeted. The first suburb my family lived in indeed went from mainly white to mainly black in about 2 years. The second suburb, where For Sale signs were prohibited, was far more successful at integrating rather than "turning over." I am not suggesting that this could be a problem here at all, just giving the rationale for the prohibition some places in the past.
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0 #3 CCP 2012-04-19 20:25
When we moved here 8 years ago from the Midwest, we drove around various communities 6 months prior to a purchase to get a sense of the neighborhoods and the housing, so we would know where to begin....We were shocked at the lack of homes for sale! But, once again, it was one of those weird East Coast customs, where you can't put out a "for sale" sign because... it's tacky? reveals too much information about me to my neighbors? forbidden because of some ancient rule that nobody bothered to change??? Anyway, a tasteful sign will help you sell the house because your neighbors might just know someone who wants to buy your home, if they know it's for sale!
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0 #2 Vik 2012-04-19 10:13
While we're busy eliminating these signs, might as well get rid of street names and anything else that's not natural. I simply don't see the downside of letting the community know that a property is for sale.
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0 #1 Jordan 2012-04-19 05:59
I think a real estate sign is a must. My boyfriend and I are currently looking to buy our first home and one of our key indicators about a listing is the real estate sign. We also use Trulia and the REALTOR app, but the sign has been by far the best source for us. Now, I would say that a great looking sign vs. a poor looking sign (scratched, dented, rusting etc...) is a big deal too. If the sign is in bad shape I automatically think that a) The Realtor really doesn't care that much about the listing or their company or b) The seller isn't concerned about the efforts the realtor is using to sell their home. Neither of those situations I want to be involved in.
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