What Do You Think About Real Estate Signs?
- Real Estate
- Published on Thursday, 19 April 2012 12:02
Real 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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