Re: BANDIT SIGN PROBLEMS!!! - Posted by Jim IL
Posted by Jim IL on March 02, 2001 at 21:14:14:
I’ve never tried to boarded up house routine, sounds like fun.
However, I have recieved calls like this one from police officers, cide enforcement officers, and other city workers.
When they call me I just tell them that I hired some kids to place the signs up for me, and I have not a clue as to where all the signs are located. (That’s me, the clueless investor! LOL!)
I tell them that I will no longer use these “kids” to place my signs up.
Further, I tell them that since I do not know where all the signs are at, would they be so kind as to pass along my apology to the city workers about the sign placement, and ask them to remove them as they see them.
I also tell them that I’ll remove any signs as I happen on them.
As far as ordinances about placing “We Buy Homes” signs on homes I have in inventory, I was also told this was illegal.
Apparently, this is advertising a business in a residential area which is a major crime to code officers. (Slightly less a crime than parking your RV in the driveway so I’m told.)
I tried the old "but RE agents have signs on there homes for sale and so do contractors on homes they are working on."
I was told that there was a specific exception for these types of people for the sign ordinance.
Real Estate agents are selling homes, not looking to buy them with their signs.
And contractors are allowed because they are advertising work that is going on at the time. (What ever that means?!?!?!)
I still place signs in the yard of all the homes I am selling, renting and what not that say, “We Buy homes” on them.
But, my signs are now a little different.
When I have a “For sale” sign, next to it, I place one that says, "This home is offered for sale by M.I.P. Homes…"WE BUY HOMES!! xxx-xxx-xxxx"
Sort of a company logo if you will, and it complies with the city ordinances, I checked.
In the past, when I had a vacant home, I would simply park my work van in the drive way, or in front of the home.
My van had a sign painted on it which said, “We Buy Homes” which was covering the ENTIRE side of the van.
And BOY was it UGLY! but it worked well.
And, lately, when I am selling a home, I do my regular advertising and marketing.
Part of which is to direct potential buyers to the home to walk around the outside and see the home through open window curtains etc.
I place flyers in a box outside the home, and tape some to the inside of windows, just in case the box becomes empty.
I have begun to add lately a little flyer to that, which states, "Do you like this home, but need to sell your current home first? We also buy homes, call our “Sellers Hotline” for a quick sale at xxx-xxx-xxxx.
It seems to work so far.
I just started this the other day, and today while showing one of my homes to a potential buyer, she mentioned that her current home is to close in 2 weeks, IF her buyer can sell their old home.
I guess the financing is in place for the deal, but the people buying her home have stated that they cannot handle two mortgage payments comfortably and if they cannot cover the payments on the old home, they will not close. (hmmmm? possible lead here?)
So, I gave her my business card and told her to have them call me.
I talked to that person tonight, and will be meeting them tomorrow to discuss possibly buying there home from them or covering the payments on it so they can buy the new home.
Just my $.02,