Toppling Realtor “Open House” Signs

While it happens all the time, you almost never catch ’em in the act.

What am I referring to?

The practice of self-appointed neighborhood vigilantes (busy bodies?  cranks?) to topple Realtor “Open House” signs — in this case, directing Realtors to a hard-to-find Edina home hosting this week’s Exceptional Properties meeting.

Sorry I Asked

As I was turning down the street to the home, I saw an irate neighbor angrily topple the listing agent’s “Open House” sign.

Curious, I rolled down my window and (politely) asked her why she did that.

What came next was a torrent of expletives denouncing Realtors, alleging that the sign was illegally placed, blocking the road (it wasn’t), damaging the grass (it wasn’t on it), blah, blah, blah.

Running late and not in the mood to hear more, I hurriedly said “thanks”, rolled up my window — and drove on!

City Ordinances

So, was the irate neighbor right about the sign violating Edina city ordinance?

To find out, I emailed Edina Realty colleague (and City of Edina Councilman) Josh Sprague.

According to Sprague, Edina explicitly allows temporary signs — as do virtually all Twin Cities municipalities.

Sorry, Ma’am, the only crime here is your act of (very) petty vandalism.

See also,  ‘Dear Neighbor:  about those toppled Open House signs.’

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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