Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI, #11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World (Century 21 Town and Country)

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I really get very few call from yard signs... in the end they help more with my branding in a specific area than in driving buyers to the home.

Jun 17, 2016 10:08 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Nancy Robinson the bulk of my business is the condo market and I don't get a chance to have a yard sign.  I get traffic on line from the information and exposure to the listing from online marketing and exposure.

Jun 17, 2016 10:18 PM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It is local marketing of the home and agent.  It can help both the seller and the listing agent.

Jun 17, 2016 11:58 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yes, signs are important part of marketing.

Jun 17, 2016 11:44 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

It does help IMO, absolutely! I get quite a few calls from signs - people still like to drive around and look, as well when they pass by a sign, often they will call the number

Jun 17, 2016 09:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Still get phone calls off of them so yes!

Jun 18, 2016 02:09 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I recommend that all real estate agent refrain from placing FOR SALE signs in the front yards of home sellers. DON'T DO IT!

After all, this is the Internet age.

A new blogger to the Active Rain community @brent Carnduff published a blog that contains information very pertinent to this subject. It is easy, at the end of paragraph two.

http://actvra.in/4SxT

Put the Internet to work for you.
Meanwhile I will put signs in every front yard available because I know that Brent provided a great observation and from my experience I know to be true.

You have misinterpreted the outcome of the 'internet age.'

Jun 18, 2016 01:47 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I think they help both Nancy Robinson - the person that is driving by and sees a For Sale sign and loves 'the look' of that house, the seller's neighbors who can now tell their friends who might want to move into their neighborhood, that they now know of a house on the market, and the LA because others may want to 'interview' him/her, and they get to meet (in most cases) and put a name with a face, and then get to 'check out' their Marketing of that house, i.e., flyers, postcards, open houses, etc.  The LA's name is now 'seen' by that neighborhood, and if they were or were not currently selling there, they will now get added exposure or exposure.  So to me, the sign helps both sides.

Jun 18, 2016 01:45 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nancy Robinson With commercial real estate signs are very important. I once had one sign on a major thoroughfare and received a client call. He said he called because he saw my signs all over town. They have helped both me and sellers.

Jun 17, 2016 11:27 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The "For Sale" sign continues to draw attention to the listing and to you!

Jun 17, 2016 11:01 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Nothing hurts everything helps. However, lets keep it professional

Jun 17, 2016 11:01 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Dollar for dollar the For Sale sign remains as the #1 marketing tool for home Sellers bar none!

Jun 17, 2016 10:42 PM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I've never sold a house to a buyer who called me after seeing a yard sign - but I bet some of my houses have been bought by buyers who saw the sign and then called their own agent.

Jun 17, 2016 10:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Surprisingly enough many buyers drive through neighborhoods to see first hand if they like or dont like it. The internet has massive amounts of info, but seeing with your eye does not lie. Yard signs attract buyers

Jun 17, 2016 10:33 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

People still drive neighborhoods and we get calls from our electronic sign riders.

Jun 17, 2016 10:07 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I do know that our total sign calls are now much lower than 10 years ago !

Jun 17, 2016 10:05 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Good question - I think that it helps the agent with the neighbors. There are still some examples where someone picks up a buyer from a sign.

All you have to do is download my RM app & hold it up in front of the house & it will bring up all the info right away. OR just google the address.

Jun 17, 2016 09:51 PM
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Jackie Mazurowski
CENTURY 21 Myers Realty - Auburndale, FL
Polk County Gold Realtors

Both.  Each proptery is unique.

Jun 22, 2016 12:31 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I believe old fashion signs have a place in real estate.

Jun 20, 2016 10:56 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Signs are now mostly for neighbors to announce a new listing. It is an important part of our marketing, but you are right, a yard sign for sale is not that necessary as it used to be. 

Jun 18, 2016 06:31 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It can be a two way street.  I hae sold 2 this year from people who saw the sign

Jun 18, 2016 03:11 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

I think it helps the Listing Agent mostly.

Jun 18, 2016 02:01 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Probably for listing agents, though I do find an amazing number of people calling on the signs in front of my rentals.

Jun 18, 2016 12:19 PM
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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 think they do both. Drive bys can get the address adn Google it and find out if it is for them all because of selling a sign. Now if they call it benefits the agent too because if they are serious we will help them buy something, somewhere.

Jun 18, 2016 10:46 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

YES!  I get a lot of upcalls from my signs and have sold two of my listings to my own buyers because of it and picked up a couple other buyers too!

Seller: Helps create awareness.  Your neighbor isn't looking at Zillow to see if there is a home for sale, but if they see the sign they might tell a friend.  In addition, when searching for a house when out showing buyers, signs make finding the house SO MUCH EASIER!

Jun 18, 2016 07:33 AM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i find they still generate calls and so are important to all

Jun 18, 2016 05:57 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Nancy,

I have sold homes without a sign at the sellers request. The seller would not even let me put a sold sign. So therefore to answer your question, I would say, the listing agent:)

Jun 18, 2016 04:50 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nancy,

It differs from market to market.  A

Jun 18, 2016 04:39 AM
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John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Nancy Robinson It depends. Generally, yard signs help the  listing agent.

Jun 18, 2016 04:02 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

oh, that yard sign is worth a bundle ..... that's free advertising and I love a home on a busy street....

Jun 18, 2016 03:43 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We do receive many calls from yard signs from bona fide potential buyers. Calls from the internet rarely happen since so many in the net wish to remain anonymous and there is so much free, readily available information from competitors.

Jun 18, 2016 03:25 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Signs are for the agent .... 100%.  

Jun 18, 2016 03:23 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It helps both the seller and the agent! Good visibility for both. I just sold my next door neighbor the house across the street. They had no idea the home was going on the market and when they saw my sign they called me..win/win for seller and agent!

Jun 18, 2016 03:11 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not get sign calls .

Jun 17, 2016 11:46 PM