Welcome to our first weekly post of real estate questions submitted by blog and social media followers, clients and others. Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question confidentially. We’ll be posting a new real estate question (and answer) each Friday.
Our first question asks about placing real estate signs on homes offered for sale.
“Is a seller required to place a For Sale sign on their property once it goes on the market?” F.A., Sunnyvale, CA
No. Sellers always have the option to have a sign placed in their yard or not. Brokers are typically required by their REALTOR® association or local multiple listing service to display a sign, but the seller always has the final word and can release their broker from that requirement. Most standard listing agreements provide a section where written direction for placing or not placing real estate signs on the property can be selected. If the seller decides against displaying the broker’s For Sale sign, the broker usually submits a copy of the listing agreement to the association or listing service to confirm why no sign is on the property.
Sellers may have several reasons for not placing real estate signs on their property. They may not want to attract the attention of neighbors, be responsible for increasing drive-by traffic on a normally-quiet street, or they believe their home looks better without the sign in the yard. Regardless of the reason, the decision always rests with the seller.
NOTE: Real estate questions are answered within the scope of real estate broker expertise and are not intended to offer legal or tax advice. Contact a qualified legal or tax professional for questions regarding those specialties.
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