Scott Westfall, INVEST IN REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTLY (CGP Real Estate Consulting | Broadsight Realty)

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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

With our weather here, metal is best.  Size is the biggest thing. Some names & numbers are so small, how can people read them?

I use an install company for them.

Aug 19, 2019 06:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The most important thing is that they be readable from a distance and not in the most optimum of light. Beyond that, I don't pay a whole lot of attention. Must be three or four years since I got a call off of a sign.

Aug 19, 2019 06:42 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For me metal.  Don't overload with too much info.  One phone number is all that is necessary.

Aug 19, 2019 06:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Scott Westfall prior to my retirement I had been using corrugated for approximately 10 years. I liked them because they were bright, easy to clean, & inexpensive. My signs had a graphic and print, nothing to update. As far as a rider I believe your name and phone number is all that should be on a rider.

Aug 19, 2019 07:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Signing of any kind can be your silent salesperson so first impressions matter.  A lot.  Clean.  Accurate.  Reflective of who you are...  As for the information:  what to you want to communicate?  Do you want to create confusion with so much? Do you want a call to action?  As for the type of material for signing this is a personal decision and one that may be based on factors such as durability, functionality and lots more.  The options for resources of signs are numerous - it may be a corporate standard issue or one where you have more local input and control.  Good luck.  

Aug 19, 2019 07:06 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Your phone number and your broker's name/logo are important for your yard sign.  I have metal and I got mine through a vendor working with my broker.  

Aug 19, 2019 07:54 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

The purpose of yard signs is to attract buyers, and they don't care too much about how clean or updated the signs are.

Other sellers, however, who might be choosing an agent to represent them, are very concerned with nice signs and might not choose you if your signs aren't clean.

Aug 19, 2019 06:54 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Trashy yard signs don't present a very professional image. I'm continually battling the elements here - high heat and wind! arghhhhh!
I use for signs unless we're doing marquee or pylon signs, then a local sign company.
(I do CRE) for buildings with a chain link fence, I LOVE banners - 9mm mesh 20 or 30 by 3 or 4. Wind eventually batters them, but they hold up for a good while and you can see them easy from the street.
Wood with coroplast overlay for my larger  (2 or 4 x 4) wood signs. When the elements fade them, remove from the wood and replace with a new one.
For smaller yard signs, metal in metal frame.

Aug 19, 2019 06:54 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

A clean aesthetic posts & yard signs - along with the rest of the curb appeal is important to getting top a dollar and faster sale and they are part of your image to all the public that drive by your sign.

That the sign is there, clean and in good shape and easy to read are the most important points - as far as what's on the sign - it just needs to be obvious that it's a property for sale sign and have a name & phone number on it - that's it.

I don't use metal or corrugated plastc - I do have two different signs - wood signs with a scroll top. A "new" sign I'm trying out is a heavy duty composite material with a reflective coating - similar to hwy signs.

Aug 19, 2019 06:50 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Signs are important ! Metal seems to scratch easier

Aug 19, 2019 06:43 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I would always go with metal, they take a beating. Our signs have the company name & logo. I add metal riders with my name & phone #. My broker takes care of ordering the signs & posts. I buy my riders online. Clean updated signs are a must. 

Aug 19, 2019 11:46 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You don't want ratty-looking signs. I use metal for the main signs and corrugated for Open House signs. Name Phone Number and Agency name

Aug 19, 2019 11:18 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Very important Scott.  We use a sign service to install and remove the signs. Wood post, wood sign

Aug 19, 2019 04:29 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team


we ONLY use clean signs and posts that are immaculate...

the two team members have their photos, one number, and team name plus logo and office name....

we have ours made locally so we can design them.... RE/MAX signs are what every RE/MAX agent in our area uses.... we pay a couple of dollars more, but it's worth it.... that's a marketing tool....A VERY IMPORTANT MARKETING/BRANDING TOOL....


Aug 19, 2019 01:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Build a Sign, they are generally clean and in good repair.

Aug 19, 2019 11:49 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Metal only for me. I use a sign that has a reflective surface. So, car lights passing cause it to light up. I make sure the phone number, for sale and company name make up the lion's share of the sign. 

Our signs come from Great customer service.

Aug 19, 2019 10:29 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

There are some legal requirements that must be displayed on our For Sale signs: broker name, license number, agent name. We have our phone number, of course. Signs are provided by a company that makes them to our specifications (our are a wooden material) and then kept at the premises of the company that does the installation and removal of the signs.

Aug 19, 2019 10:07 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Curb appeal for a property involves the sign as well.  A clean sign in good condition is essential for a good presentation. The sign itself, which indicates the home is for sale, is the most important thing - and second the contact information for the listing agent/brokerage.  We get sign calls all the time and our ultimate goal is to always sell that home - but also to sell other properties as a result of the sign.

Aug 19, 2019 07:55 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Everything you do should portray professionalism... clean, updated yard signs included. 

Most important info? Your name and phone number.  If there is a special Feature a rider is helpful.

Aug 19, 2019 07:29 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Any information to comply with licensing reqquirements is #1

Use corrugated plastic since if they should get loose and become airborne, they are much less damaging to personal property and they do cost less!


Clean is ALWAYS important!

Aug 19, 2019 07:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I like the reflective aluminum on the arm signs - large lettering with little on the sign. That way, they're easier to see from the road. They also must be clean and in good shape.

My last Closing last week was from a sign call. They didn't like my listing but, they did buy a home in the same neighborhood!

Aug 19, 2019 08:44 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Quite.  Phone number and company name on the sign.  Riders are stuff like "Exclusive" or "Coming Soon" or "Open Sunday", etc.  Corrugated and Vista Print.

Aug 19, 2019 09:01 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

phone number is most important, always clean, we do metal yard signs, but corregated dock (on the lake) 3x5 feet on the water and on raw land.  And we buy them from a couple different places... metal signs in frames come from deesign 

Aug 19, 2019 08:51 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Clean is always important.  Phone number is most valuable.

Aug 19, 2019 08:10 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Very important when using signs. Metal for main signs, corrugated is ok for temporary directional signs / Open Houses. Last metal ones I got from DeeSigns. Corrugated signs I got from Vistaprint.

Aug 19, 2019 08:07 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Realtor associations have standard riders. You need to get many personal signs with phone number.  I like it in red since it is more visible.

Aug 19, 2019 07:42 AM
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Metal.  Never corrugated.

Name and phone number are most important.  There are others like New Price, Pool, or Water front/Golf front. 

Aug 19, 2019 07:35 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I recently had a seller tell me that their house wasn't selling because the colors on the sign had faded a bit and we didn't have a text rider....  

IMHO signs/riders don't sell houses; proper preparation & pricing of a house does...

Aug 20, 2019 04:53 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Clean signs are important along with having your name and number in large print. I also have my picture on my sign so people see who they are calling. I use corrugated signs. I made mine myself, I had everything printed in the font, color and size I wanted then arranged them the way I liked it. They have lasted me for 8 years now. 

Aug 19, 2019 05:42 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Most important is the Agent Name and Phone Number. They should always be clean.

Aug 19, 2019 04:29 PM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

I use aluminum signs that shine brightly at night when headlights hit them, just like road signs. 

Aug 19, 2019 11:39 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Clean sign are a good thing. That is why using 'single use' corrugated plastic is an option to avoid the 4 year old beat up metal sign.

Most valuable info. Well, when you realize what information is REQUIRED, that has little to do with the listing agent, then the space available determines what to do. Or you can go rogue and defy the rules.

What to put on rider? Depends on what you want the reader to do?

If you put up a rider with the price or house attributes, those buyers not shopping with those parameters will automatically self deselect. So, what do you want the shopper to do?

No, I won't tell you what I do?

Aug 19, 2019 08:49 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Dee Sign Company. Plastic, Clean with Name, company name DRE number, cell number and website and email address.

Aug 19, 2019 08:31 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Scott Westfall sign/rider should be readable and visible.

Aug 19, 2019 03:56 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I always dust mine or clean dirt off before planting a sign. Those that have a pop of bright color help to grab attention with name, brokerage and phone number. We order ours from a local vendor, fast and well made!

Aug 19, 2019 02:54 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

No metal but foam-type signs. Large letters put contact number followed by email and then name....a sign-maker, banners flags etc. E-Z to find

Aug 19, 2019 02:23 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

1. Very important.  The sign is like the storefront. It is a reflection on the business.  Keep them clean and respectable. 

2. Name, phone, web address, and anything the state or local rules require. 

3. Metal. See #1 - in my area, we don't see corrugated signs. 

Aug 19, 2019 12:59 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

We use "oversized" metal signs ... we have our web address on every sign ... and Best Phone Number to reach us. If there is a Home Warranty or other special information (e.g. acreage, investment, etc) we add riders.  Clean and in good repair is a must.  We only put out our best signs. If they need frames painted they go into the shop for refurbishing before going out again. Image is everything in this business.

Aug 20, 2019 06:52 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Depends on where you are putting your sign, upscale neighborhood vs. downscale.  (That's the nicest word I can use in public for certain areas.)

Aug 20, 2019 06:31 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

My metal signs seem to walk away so i have switched to plastic which are 1/5 the cost. I think a sign has to be clean, easy to read and not suffed with words that jumble together when someone is driving by

Aug 20, 2019 05:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I used metal signs and an installation service

Aug 20, 2019 05:11 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

We don't put that often signs - condo people. 

Aug 20, 2019 08:08 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Whatever city is required. 

The last one we put was too small. That was allowed by North Miami Beach.

Aug 20, 2019 05:45 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That sign is a reflection of you, so the better it looks, the better.  Metal signs here too.

Sep 11, 2019 09:23 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Metal signs and repaint black frames every 3 years.  RMD signs in Denver!

Aug 23, 2019 09:49 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential


Several years ago we had a rash of bad people breaking into houses for sale.

As a security measure I talked to sellers about not putting a sign out.

I knew the sign had always been primarily for the agent but was surprised that sellers overwhelmingly preferred not to have a sign in the yard even if it might mean missing a few prospects.

Sellers tend to not want their neighbors to know their selling and having the neighbors looking at their house online.

I have also found that this ties in well to the concept that people like to buy but don’t like to be sold.

In addition to no sign, I don’t do flyers in the house or anything that might make the buyer feel like they are being sold.

So far all my listings (which all have staging and professional photography) sell fast for top dollar.

I’ll do a sign if a seller wants one but so far no one has asked for one.


Aug 20, 2019 09:14 AM