Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate)

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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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I had a guy who's gps went haywire saw the signs and walked in. They bought the house closed last Friday. They want another one....

I use about 6 signs some put 20.... 1 sign=100 ar blogs....

May 22, 2016 09:05 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I use lots of signs and many directional arrows from all the major roads. I want to do everything to increase my chances of good traffic.

May 22, 2016 12:05 PM
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
BRIX REALTY -DESTIN

I heldan open house today, 6 signs, 3 hours and 0 people stopped by, it was too nice a day here in Destin, fl. 

May 22, 2016 08:58 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Yes and lots of them!

May 22, 2016 10:42 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I do but in my area there are limits as to how far out the signs can be, and often are taken down by the city and trashed

May 22, 2016 09:53 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It is important, especially when it is a flag lot, and or when there winding streets with the same name except it lane or court.  A

May 22, 2016 01:27 PM
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Coal Infantino
Coldwell Banker - York, PA
Realtor specializing in south central PA

Yes, and I use brokerage appropriate colored balloons.  

May 22, 2016 12:19 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, we put out 4 to 6 signs for each house, and in my case, being a newbie, I definitely want my name out there Robert May.  I do see other realtors putting out signs also, as you mentioned.  I think whether you advertise the Open House or not, seeing the names and directional signage in a neighborhood helps!  In our niche, people from our community are stopping in, since it's an age-restricted community.

May 22, 2016 10:39 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

More is better.

May 22, 2016 11:27 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The more the better!

May 22, 2016 11:26 PM
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Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

Yes, with balloons!

May 22, 2016 10:30 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Signs?

Absolutely YES!

When you think 6 are enough, put out ten.

When they come in, ask?

May 22, 2016 09:41 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Time to get those signs out again Robert, look at the success they brought to Sam.

May 22, 2016 09:54 AM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

If I do hold an open house I do put out directional signs.  Not many open house events in my market right now, houses don't last long enough...

May 22, 2016 09:52 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Unless there are community restrictions, I place lots of directional signs.  

May 23, 2016 03:45 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
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I put out 4-6 directional signs depending on the location of the house, and used balloons last year. They always seemed to pop! I like Lyn Sims idea of using flags. Would tie in Re/Max colors nicely!

May 22, 2016 11:33 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Directional signs are common in our area.

May 22, 2016 10:16 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Our signs have directional arrows on them. U use 10-12 signs to point in my OH direction. 

May 22, 2016 05:15 PM
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Mark Bunge
Keller Williams - Clive, IA
Real estate agent serving Des Moines area

Yes - I picked up a few signs to help with this for cheap @ Menards. Like 2-3 bucks per sign. Very useful!

May 22, 2016 04:20 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

YES, I use my signs. I have two sets of 6, the old ones are pretty beat up, but I add one or two if we're deep in a neighborhood.  No harm in using them, and it draws in the neighbors and more casual lookers.  

More bodies, creates more interest, which creates more and better offers is my opinion. 

May 22, 2016 02:50 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Yes we always put up directional signs, or we will only get neighbors.

May 22, 2016 02:49 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Robert May it is a good idea to use directional signs for open house.

May 22, 2016 02:26 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

At least 12 signs

May 22, 2016 02:09 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Directional signs are needed to attract for drive-by traffic. 

May 22, 2016 02:04 PM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

often people are not "looking" for a open house. so directionals are helpful. your name anywhere is a good thing. even bad press is good press :)

May 22, 2016 01:58 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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My arrows are my bread crumbs! 

May 22, 2016 01:36 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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Yes, my name, number and broker name.  Held one earlier today and not one person! That's fine the homeowner came by and we enjoyed the wonderful weather as we sat on the pation and chatted.  He shared memories from living in the home the past 25 years. 

May 22, 2016 01:09 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I put a few signs out. Years ago I put 15. These day, the open houses I do are not public ... they are private and no signs are out. 

May 22, 2016 12:54 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I rarely do opens any more so I don't know Robert.

May 22, 2016 11:58 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I do, although in Carlsbad they are now being much more restrictive on where they can be placed. Despite GPS they can still capture those driving around and looking, and there is the in-your-face advertising

May 22, 2016 11:02 AM
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Nick Krehnke 425-202-5655
All Square Mortgage INC. - Seattle, WA
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When I co-market an open house with a real estate agent friend, I have put out 50+ 18x24 directional open house signs with a sloppy font made from my own handwriting. The amount of signs depends on the amount of locations that would be good to put a sign. I figure I havent done my job if code compliance doesn't stop by the open lol. It has made a huge difference in the amount of people that come by an open. this number of signs can be a lot of sweaty work, but that is why I do it because others will not and it gives our listing a big advantage. 

Aug 21, 2018 05:59 PM
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I always put signs out. I want to guy who doesn't know about it to somehow find out about it, and signs are a good way.

May 26, 2016 04:29 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Denver homes are going so quickly, open houses make the home too unmanageable.   When it was slower, I would do open houses, but only if potential buyers could find the home with 5 signs or less.   If it was too far into the neighborhood, few would come.

May 26, 2016 05:52 AM
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Doug Perry
Strategic Real Estate Trainers - Chicago, IL

Signs are good for pulling in traffic from major streets.  More importantly, you need a mechanism for capturing leads at the open house.  A paper guest register is better than nothing.  But you may want to consider using BrightOpen and Market Snapshot.  At your open house, display your listing on a laptop or tablet, ask visitors if they'd like more info on the subject property or similar listings.  If so, direct them to enter their contact info.  Going forward, they'll automatically receive robust, relevant, and real-time data.  BrightOpen is free, there's a subscription fee for Market Snapshot.

May 26, 2016 02:16 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do.  You can pull people who are out for a drive or might have missed your open house ad.  My broker has gotten listings from the amount of signs he's put out before.

May 24, 2016 03:58 AM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Great answers.  In light of the overwhelming consensus I will probably redesign my own signage for this specific purpose and see if I cant come up with something that is easy to use and eye catching.

May 23, 2016 02:17 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Noah Seidenberg said...

May 22, 2016 11:56 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I put the address on them also. Maybe at least people can see the street driving by quickly on busier roads.

Yesterday I also had small flags by them. I agree, it seems that agents complain that no one shows up but how about putting some balloons or something so people can see the sign?

Someone here on AR has those large masted feather signs.

May 22, 2016 09:49 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I did when I did them

May 22, 2016 01:22 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Haven't done Open House in a long time... but we always put signs at the nearby major intersections, with arrows and the street address.

May 22, 2016 10:40 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

NO...if you cant use technology to find the place, I doubt you can perform

May 22, 2016 10:37 AM