Angela & Stephen Hardiman /, When first impressions count... (

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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I mention the data on "de-personalizing" a property prior to showing it. The sign is a personal statement and will turn off some prospective buyers. But the final decision is always the client's.

Mar 04, 2016 01:49 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Has to go - we have to be neutral. Short & sweet.

Mar 04, 2016 01:48 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       If it's a Bernie sign, I will explain that they have to add my name and the name of everyone else in the United States of America onto the Deed to that house.  You want Socialism, we will give you Socialism!


Mar 04, 2016 04:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Whether I agree or disagree, I would say nothing.  Now if their home looked like a showroom for the art of taxidermy, I would definitely have a heart to heart talk with them.  A

Mar 04, 2016 04:40 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

I like to keep some thoughts private. If they are selling just like we ask them to remove personal stuff they need to remove political signs. 

Mar 04, 2016 01:59 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't say anything. I don't care what political views others have, I'm only there to hopefully sell a house.

Mar 04, 2016 04:11 AM
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

That is a tought topic, but needs to be discussed.

Suggest -

Mr/Mrs Seller, tell me as we are looking for your new home would a political sign for another candidate or another party turn you off from viewing a home?

Mar 04, 2016 06:10 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Remove it, as you would anything inappropiate on the interior. Remind them they are selling the home and need it as "vanilla box" as possible ,so the new Buyers can visualize themselves in their home . Never put up road blocks that divert the Buyers' attention.

Mar 04, 2016 04:24 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Take it down.  The year was 2004 . . .  my buyer client was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan who was relocating to the Portland Metro area.  We went to the lower level and the owner was a die-hard Yankee fan.  How could we tell? Every inch of the lower level was filled with YANKEE stuff.  Every.  Inch.   "FAN" comes the word FANATIC.  Each were both!  We're in Portland, OREGON . . . not even east coast.  Thankfully, the Sox won that year in the playoffs, so it wasn't a deal killer.  Had the Sox lost to the Yankess, I doubt we would have written up the offer.  

Mar 04, 2016 04:13 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

If the home is truly going to be staged ... de-personalized ... that means inside and out.  Obviously the decision is theirs, but as a professional you feel it could be an issue, you should state that ... and make them aware of the possible consequences ...


Mar 04, 2016 03:54 AM
Jay O'Brien
RE/MAX Revolution - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate

What's more important to the Seller: Finding a buyer quickly or impressing their political beliefs on others? Prepare their product as best as possible for the market. If this were a used car, take the VOTE FOR BUSH bumper sticker off the car before putting it on the lot!

Mar 04, 2016 11:41 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Here in our community, I have seen no political signs, and I'm thankful for that!  Why turn-off a prospective Buyer Angela & Stephen Hardiman /, because everyone knows we all don't feel or think the same!  Now if I did come across a sign on a Seller's front yard, I would probably ask them to remove it, for that same reason above . . . 

Mar 04, 2016 07:32 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Would mention how the aesthetic of the sign might impact a potential buyer and as Kathleen Luiten pointed out in terms of making property more "neutral".

Mar 04, 2016 03:43 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Angela & Stephen Hardiman / I don't know if I would want to work with a buyer who wouldn't buy a home because of the seller's political affiliation.  Sad!

Mar 04, 2016 03:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would probably say nothing unless they asked, regardless of my opinion on the candidate in the signage

Mar 04, 2016 02:17 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I leave it alone. It the topic comes up I will talk about it. As a REALTOR® I never put a sign in my yard.

Mar 04, 2016 02:17 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It's not any of my business who they want to support, but I would mention the possibility of removing the sign, as long as the home was still being shown to Buyers. Signs of any kind sometimes influence a buyers decision.

Mar 04, 2016 02:15 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't think I would say anything....that's their front yard and the sign they allowed to be placed there.... it's not up to me to dictate any direction on that topic....

Mar 04, 2016 02:04 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As I do not get into religious or political gambit with clients nothing as they also might think I am for the other candidate.

Mar 04, 2016 01:49 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It wouldn't matter to me if they were Republican or a Democrat. However, if they sported a Donald Trump sign, I wouldn't even get out of my car. I would just keep right on driving and consider my sanity and well being better for it.

Mar 16, 2016 12:01 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Good question. It does not matter what it is, including religious effigies, I always make recommendations to a client to be listed or listed about how to package and stage their properties in order to sell it. I'm direct and honest about it, don't mince my words and tell it the way it is. I have no problems with that. I believe it's a professional mistake not to say anything as clients depend on you for your experience and knowledge for the best advice.

Mar 05, 2016 01:18 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's a part of the "staging" process.   Nix the sign.   

Mar 05, 2016 12:50 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Angela & Stephen Hardiman / - I'd surely ask seller to remove it and bring in ALL buyers (and not just about half!)

Mar 04, 2016 01:45 PM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

While your home is being listed, please remember we have to try our best to appeal to every buyer which means removing yard signs, personal photos, etc. I thank you for your cooperation.

Mar 04, 2016 11:13 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Absolutely! I will ask them to remove the sign. Their personal opinion is not the opinion of all buyers on the market.

Mar 04, 2016 10:45 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I would ask their opinion on whether they think this could interfere with the transaction...discussion ensues and what follows is my clients wishes

Mar 04, 2016 07:37 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Angela & Stephen,
Never had that happened. I would just tell them they just killed half of their potential buyers. Is that worth it to them?

Mar 04, 2016 06:59 AM
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Had a Buyer in 2012 that loved a house we looked at until he saw a very big Vote for _ _ _ ___ sign in the front yard of the house across the street, that nixed it right then and there. 

Mar 04, 2016 06:53 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Unless it's the seller themself running for office,  it's probably not a good idea to have a sign in the yard.  

Mar 04, 2016 06:33 AM
Macy Babb ... North Georgia Realtor
Re/Max Around Atlanta Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

I let them know that the sign could be the "red wall" that turns off that perspective buyer... but buyers are " that" and that could be the one thing that sticks in their mind about the home, and they may not "see" the good qualities of the home, but the decision is always theirs to make

Mar 04, 2016 06:21 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Similar thought process as to whether to say anything about Christmas decorations, or other religious decorations, during those time frames...

Mar 04, 2016 05:44 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nada.  1st amendment, free speech.  If it cost them a sale, that's on them.  But not my place to to quite their voice.

Mar 04, 2016 04:56 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I would just ignore it and mention later that they may get a larger audience if they replace the political sign with a real estate sign.

Mar 04, 2016 04:53 AM
David Angione
Residential Sales,VA,FHA,SRES,ABR

I never really thought about that until reading this. I think that I might gingerly suggest they may want to consider removing so as to avoid and possible conflict. 

Mar 04, 2016 03:48 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I dont bring it up.

Mar 04, 2016 03:19 AM
Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
CRS, GRI 909-969-3805

You don't say anything to them. Most buyers will not care about political signs in the yard.

Mar 04, 2016 02:43 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I would not say anything to the sellers. I've never heard of any buyer saying "I love everything about the house, the neighborhood and the price, but I won't put in an offer because of that sign on the lawn" 

Mar 04, 2016 02:38 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Say nothing. Either the home will sell to the right buyers or it won't.

Mar 04, 2016 01:50 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Just say OUCH.....and like the religious and family photographs,,,just say NO

Mar 09, 2016 10:38 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Keep it Switzerland, neutral. You just shot yourself in the foot otherwise because someone is on the other side of the political fence. Buyers don't purchase because of party allegiance. Done because this one works for me, is priced right and how fast can you move?

Mar 09, 2016 02:19 AM
Carolyn Nelson
Realty One Carolina, LLC - Burlington, NC
Your Triangle to Triad Real Estate Expert!

I wouldn't say anything until I start receiving feedback from the buyers and agents. If a negative response is received, then and only then will I discuss with the seller that the sign has become a distraction for X out of X potential buyers that has viewed your home. Perhaps it is time to remove the sign to prevent this from becoming an ongoing problem that may prevent the sale of the house.

Mar 08, 2016 03:54 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I don't, political views are better left alone

Mar 07, 2016 09:37 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

If a seller had signs in their yard I would bring up the topic about it being a distraction and a possible deterrent to buyers. If they wish to continue then I would leave it alone but remind them about our conversation if it doesn't get showings or offers.

Mar 06, 2016 05:43 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Some folks want to make a statement, even if it might cost them a sale.

Mar 06, 2016 01:56 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I believe it is my professional duty to help my seller get the best price possible. I tactfully explain that we need to be as neutral as possible in all areas, including

I tactfully explain that we need to be as neutral as possible in all areas, including politics, so that we do not discourage or alienate anyone.  

Then I let them decide and I do not say any more.

Mar 06, 2016 01:45 AM
Thomas Phelan
IRA Choices - Miami, FL
Realtor® Educator How an IRA can buy Real Estate

Mr. and Mrs. Seller, I noticed that you have a "Vote For X" sign in your yard. I admire your passion and support for the candidate but I cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to view your prtoperty will share your political feelings. In fact it might disuade them to seriously consider your property. I know that may sound juvenile but I felt it my duty to inform you, what do you think?

Mar 05, 2016 09:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I say you are aliening at least 50% of the market

Mar 05, 2016 07:36 PM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

 It's all business, what do you value more politics or selling your home? Declutter, declutter, declutter.

Mar 05, 2016 10:52 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

As others have stated, remaining as neutral as possible is the best.  

Mar 05, 2016 08:37 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

"While it is protected speech and I encourage the expression of their political beliefs and exercising of the first ammendment, not everyone shares your political views and it may turn off potential buyers.  It's your choice."

Mar 05, 2016 07:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Saying nothing may be the best policy. 

Mar 05, 2016 01:31 AM
Hamilton Landon Real Estate - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

I don't care who's sign it is. Take it down.

Mar 05, 2016 01:24 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am with Kathleen Luiten on this one

Mar 04, 2016 11:33 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Haven't had this problem show up. If I did; I might mention the preference to get them to remove it to help with the selling process.

Mar 04, 2016 10:57 PM
Tony Whiteside
VanderMorgan Realty - Martinez, GA

I see a few comments with "I don't care" in them.

I tend to take myself out of the equation and put myself in the buyer's shoes. How would the "buyer" feel? 

True story: I listed a home in a rural setting sometime back. The owner flew a confederate flag next to the road. He was the nicest and most respectful guy that I had met in a long time. The house was updated, and suited for a small family or could be used as an investment property.

I got a LOT of traffic on the home, but the home didn't sell. His friends who were interested did not qualify or didn't want to pay the list price; which was market price for the area and time. The people who did qualify - quite a few - and were interested couldn't get over the flag next door. After much discussion, he eventually agreed to replace the flag, but put up a similar flag with an identical symbol on it. Traffic stayed steady, but potential, qualified buyers could not get over The Flag Next Door (book coming soon!).

Mar 04, 2016 10:19 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I stay neutral but request they do the same during the listing.

Mar 04, 2016 09:19 PM
Wayne Golliday
Mobile Home Sales of Florida LLC - Jacksonville, FL

How about the client who took a dead tree and chainsawed the trunk into he shape of his favorite baseball team.  It happened to me.  Soultion was easy.  We found a buyer who loved that team as well.    Lucky I know.

My wife and I sold a house we owned to a young couple.  During the closing the young couple came back several times to take measurements..etc etc etc.  Thye asked us to remove our son's swingset because they had lost a small child a year before and it was hard for them to see that.  We removed it that day.

As someone else suggested perhaps it is better to go nuetral.

Mar 04, 2016 08:59 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Like the color of paint, everyone has an opinion!

Mar 04, 2016 08:23 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 It would be wise to mention that in this political season, it would be best to keep your political affiliations close to your vest.

Mar 04, 2016 05:48 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Angela. I would compliment them, that they are willing to speak up and that doesn't matter if I agree with their choice or not.

Mar 04, 2016 04:38 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I would discuss the issues this could cause and let the seller decide.

Mar 04, 2016 12:57 PM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

The PC side of me would NOT suggest they remove it (1st Amendment is Freedom of Speech), especially if I agree with their choice of politician .  The Realtor in me who wouldn't want them to potentially risk losing a buyer or even a showing would be tempted to suggest removal of the sign at least until we get a contract.  I'd at least make sure the sign didn't show up in the photos.  In the end, I wouldn't suggest the removal of it if for no other reason than my county's Fair Housing laws prohibit discrimination because of political affiliation

Mar 04, 2016 10:32 AM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Any one who feels strong enough to put a political sign and a for sale sign up is not going to care what the Realtor thinks.  Its not my place to try to interfere or silence someones free speech.

Mar 04, 2016 09:38 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Initially, I would say nothing. If there was negative feedback, then I would address it based on that.


Mar 04, 2016 07:29 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The others have given good advice.

Mar 04, 2016 06:35 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Everyone entitled to their opinion and has right to speak freely. I do not think the value of the house will drastically change of the seller and the potential buyer support different candidates. 

Mar 04, 2016 06:33 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I tell them to save it for the yard of their new home.

Mar 04, 2016 05:36 AM
Toronto, ON

In our great land, at least in my province, we won't be having any elections at federal, provincial or municipal level for a few years.  The most recent one concluded last fall.

Mar 04, 2016 05:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I truly doubt a sign matters. I personally lean way to one side but buying a house I could care less if a sign for a scum bucket I can't stand is in the yard.

Mar 04, 2016 04:54 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I explain the issues with doing so and then let them decide

Mar 04, 2016 04:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If they are only interested in selling to like minded buyers, it's their decision.  Though, the buyer that loves the house, but hates the sign may just pass on this home.

Mar 04, 2016 04:14 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Depending on the sign...

"Where can I get one of those?"


"That red sign makes this look like an angry house."

"Well I'm mad as hell! I  want them ALL out!"

"I hear you." Then I leave it a l o n e !

Mar 04, 2016 04:12 AM
Curt Hess
ExecuHome Realty - Annapolis, MD
Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO

I'd say something like "Great to see that you are involved in our wonderful Democracy. Please know that there are SOME (probably few) who will be offended and not further their interest in buying your home. I've seen it happen when a buyer says 'Just go to the next house.'"


Mar 04, 2016 03:46 AM