John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852 (Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Had them picked up by the city a number of years ago when they were cracking down on where signs could be placed. They are cracking down again big time

May 28, 2016 05:29 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Yes, a couple of times. One time I got my signage when another agent called me a couple of weeks later with its location. Apparently, someone was playing a prank on a neighbor by placing 20 or so real estate signs on their lawn.  They had collected the signs from around the area. 

May 28, 2016 05:19 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes, that happens.....usually it's high school kids taking them....sometimes we get calls from other residents who do not have their homes on the market, but our signs are there!!!  transplanted by high school kids!!

May 28, 2016 05:14 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, many times.  Mostly never recovered.

May 28, 2016 04:42 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Four flags of mine found another owner

May 28, 2016 04:42 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     When I was with C21 some FSBO grabbed one of my metal signs and painted over it.  Idjit lived on the same street!

May 28, 2016 05:31 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

No, but I have lost directional signs.

May 28, 2016 05:06 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

You bet!  Someone spray painted over my sign & you could see the name under the paint clear as day.  I walked up, thru it in my car & glared at them. I just thru it out but they weren't going to keep it that's for sure.

Other times I had to go get it at the garbage bin behind the village hall.  I guess you could call it the lockup.

May 28, 2016 05:03 AM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jon - Back in the day (last year) when we did flyer boxes on listings, a smartass kid in a neighborhood with several listings enjoyed switching the flyers around. And we lose a sign or two every year, never to be seen again.

May 28, 2016 09:04 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Early on but got wise and had all my phones numbers and name on them now and the company logo, only lost one since.

May 28, 2016 06:47 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Have you noticed all "Garage sales" covering up agents missing OH signs?

May 28, 2016 05:21 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

LOL - you have no idea how many times I've lost signage for these things - I seldom do them anymore

May 28, 2016 11:10 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Many years ago when I used Talking House, those signs would regularly go missing - can't say I blame them as they were pretty fun!

May 28, 2016 12:11 PM
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DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Years ago, we had yard signs like Realtors that we would display at properties we financed.   We started with two dozen and I only have ONE left.   I have my suspicions as to what happened to them over the years but one by one, they disappeared after being placed.

Though I made more off them than I paid for them, I didn't think the ROI justified the tracking and security required so I didn't order any more.   

May 28, 2016 11:59 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Yes it happens quite often, and much of it goes into government dumpsters where your tax dollars are being spent by anti business employees who like to lift signs.

May 28, 2016 08:29 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

For Sale, Open House and directional signs get feet at times. I've retrieved them from other associates and the city on most occasions. If you're not getting traffic to an OH it's good to check your signs, the competiton can be fierce.

May 28, 2016 07:28 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Open house signs have been taken by the city and by kids (or adults needing a yard sale sign).  Don't think I've had riders go missing.  Maybe a sign once.

 

City thefts are easy to get back.  When I've seen my signs used for other purposes by others, I take them back immediately.  Never confronted the punks who took them though.  Too bad if no one turned to see their garbage sale though...

May 28, 2016 07:06 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've had signs disappear here and there, but not in many years now. I have such large signs now it's hard to take off with them. I also had a sign that was used for target practise on a vacant property with 3 acres.

May 28, 2016 07:04 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Thankfully, I've never had a yard sign go missing.  

May 28, 2016 06:29 AM
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Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX
ABR, CNE, TAHS

NOt yet.

May 28, 2016 04:44 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

No, we did not experience that, I would attribute that to the nature of commercial real estate, and we worked in the high end areas.  A

May 28, 2016 04:33 AM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I've had signage stolen and left at another property that I was able to get back. I've also had open house signs taken that I didn't get back. Very costly.

Oct 07, 2016 02:44 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Mostly open house signs get stolen.  I've had one listing sign stolen along with a sign rider and the entire metal sign post.  It just happened a few weeks ago.

I'd never seen signage used in the neighborhood, so I checked with the HOA to see if it was allowed.  The HOA said it was allowed and provided guidelines which I followed.

I think it was someone in the neighborhood or perhaps the realtor who farms the neighborhood who stole my property.  That's over $100.00 of my personal property that someone stole.  The community property manager said he'd post a bulletin in hopes the perpetrator will return my property, but I have low hopes of success.

The homes in the neighborhood sell from the 700's into the low one million range. 

Jun 01, 2016 10:13 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes, it has happened.

May 29, 2016 12:31 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

School will be out next week and I'm sure some of our signs will be transferred to homes that are not on the market. It happens every year as the kids get out of school and have to play some pranks as their signal of being off for the summer!

May 28, 2016 11:35 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi John - I have had directional signs go "missing" -- odd since they are personalized a and although my name is not uncommon -- it's still kinda weird.   

I have had sign riders disappear but that could be weather conditions and not theft.  

If I leave a pen in my office unattended, it's likely to turn up missing.  

May 28, 2016 11:31 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

very rarely

May 28, 2016 10:35 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Lost another sign Friday. Not sure where they go, i know the metal collectors still metal signs, i swittched to vinyl and it still went missing

May 28, 2016 10:17 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Yes, and it was a competing agent taking other agent's signs down. Seriously! He was caught and reprimanded.

May 28, 2016 10:15 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I've lost a number of signs to mischief ! Some showed up years later ! 

May 28, 2016 09:25 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. The City picks up signs that are posted in public areas.

May 28, 2016 09:10 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I always have one sign stolen for each listing at an open  house. I now consider it to be good luck.

May 28, 2016 08:55 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No but I caught an agent trying to take my friend's sign. Took a photo of him doing it and said any more bad behavior and I'd send it to the Board. 

May 28, 2016 06:43 PM
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

Over the years, we have had open house signs and riders disappear. I have custom riders made now which seems to help. 

May 28, 2016 03:37 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Unfortunately...YES!

Something about my name...or was it the wind? Just last weekend, three went missing.

May 28, 2016 02:34 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

yes.  And mostly no it's never been recovered.  I did find an old sign once that someone had painted over and made it a garage sale sign. I went to their garage sale.  You could still clearly see my logo behind their white paint.  I said some ugly things to them and put the sign in my car and left.

May 28, 2016 01:56 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

People like to steal Real Estate signs and convert them to Garage sale and yard sale signs.  We rarely see hem again.

May 28, 2016 01:42 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

A friend watched a woman pick up his Open House A boards and put them in her car. He followed her home and watched her put them in her garage. He went to the door and asked for them back and she denied having them.  He said he could call the police and tell them what he saw or she could give them back. She said, "I needed them for my garage sale" and he said, "they aren't yours, you can buy some for your garage sale." after which she returned them.  Some people!

May 28, 2016 12:43 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

never did recover my signs

May 28, 2016 12:42 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Meussner - happened once - not so common in our area and specially all of them have my name  on it so... 

May 28, 2016 12:32 PM
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Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Not yet!  I have heard stories of this happening. My broker told me my directional signs will come up missing.  Says they always do.

May 28, 2016 11:56 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

This has never happened to me.  

May 28, 2016 11:46 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Some cities in here( Beverly Hills, WeHo, Camarilo, etc.) do not allow RE signs. They pick them up and since your signs have your information, you get quite heavy fine. But many agents still risk. 

May 28, 2016 11:33 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

By one land property the neighbors kept knocking down my sign. They liked the idea of the open lot next door, used it for their own purposes.

May 28, 2016 10:49 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

City has picked up and not recovered.  Had a seller take one, paint it white and turn it into a FSBO sign and lie to my face as to where my sign went.  Had drunk kids in a golf cart run one over in a seller's yard and get stuck on it at 2 in the morning.

May 28, 2016 10:35 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

John Meussner I've had my commercial signs vandalized, kicked in, thrown in a field and used for target practice. 

May 28, 2016 09:48 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

Oh yes. Over the years I have lost thousands of dollars in materials and signage. On one listing I lost 3 signs and 3 feature boxes. That alone was almost $300.

May 28, 2016 09:26 AM