I know that these are generally not sharked, as they are legitimate businesses (usually). However, when there are 3,4,5 or even 6 (6 is so far the most i've seen on one corner) I go get tempted to start pulling them out of the ground.
I do live in an area where that has been a lot of new construction during the past couple of years, so there is a lot of stuff for sale. But when there are several of these signs, for different agents, on just about every corner, it gets to seem like they are using the same in-your-face-everywhere tactic.
#1. "RE: More on real estate signs" In response to Reply # 0
I usually shy away from the real estate signs, but I try to make a mental note of how long they stay up. If it goes past a couple of weeks, they go. I'm also more apt to get them if they are on poles as opposed to being stuck in the ground. It seems less likely that they are coming back to get something which has been nailed in place.
#3. "RE: More on real estate signs" In response to Reply # 2
>If the real estate signs are >seen on the weekends, most >cities in the Dallas area >have made provisions for the >signs to be posted on >the weekends, but they have >to be removed Sunday night. >
I don't think I would say "most" cities. I have looked at quite a few ordinances in the DFW area and I would say "a few" cities have provisions for real estate/developer signs. Richardson allows them from Friday through Sunday with restrictions on what they can say. I think it is Irving that charges per sign for a weekend permit. I think they are never allowed in Addison, Farmers Branch, Dallas, and Plano. Frisco has an odd ordinance which allows the weekend signs but only if the development is in Frisco. I think Carrollton "protects" real estate signs but I don't remember any ordinance this is based on.
My suggestion is to be careful and do your research thoroughly before messing with developer signs. They generally have powerful friends in government and you may get in trouble even if the law is on your side.
I generally view the real estate and developer signs as the next frontier after we get the clearly illegal signs under control.
#4. "RE: More on real estate signs" In response to Reply # 3
I'll not repeat Newbie's statements other than to reiterate that it is not the policy of CAUSS to remove realtor or home builder signs. CAUSS was born out of a need to curtail the MLM-Herbalife types or out of control spammers and pole litter.
Every known "occcurrence" resulting in a "shark" being charged with some type chargeable offense has been with these type signs. Our suggestion has always been and is now, stay away from these type signs. Let your local CE handle it, if they can't or won't, then deal with it through your local elected representative.
Most municipalities have strict guidelines for these type signs. As an example, in Carrollton, TX., a northern suburb of Dallas, allows by strict and specific guidelines, for the signs to be placed after Friday Noon and must be removed by 12 Noon on the following Monday. No signs of any type are allowed in the medians. All the surrounding municipalities do not allow these signs, period.
It's best not remove any type sign until you can obtain information relating the exact location where the "meets and bounds" or "set backs" of public right of ways are located. As a "general rule" every thing "between" the lines of utility poles are public right of way, including the poles.
However, be careful of this generality in rural areas, where land owners have given the utility companies "permission" to place utility poles "inside" their property lines for what ever reason. Another rule of thumb, if the utility pole in located on the "inside" of a fenced area, Forget It!. You can be charged with trespassing in almost every state in the country.
#6. "RE: More on real estate signs" In response to Reply # 1
A lot of the ones I'm referring to have been up for weeks.
Another thought: Some of the signs are of a size small enough that the name or number of the realator isn't easily readable as one is driving by them. Maybe complain to the realators both about the quantity and duration of the signs, but about the potential hazard as well?