Real Estate’s Equivalent of the Mattress Tag

Want a, umm . . . sign that the listing agent (representing the Seller) isn’t exactly paying close attention?

Or, at the very least, isn’t a stickler for detail.

It’s when all those yellow flags marking utilities in the front lawn stay put, week after week (month after month?).

When the Realtor is paying attention, they typically remove them once the permanent “For Sale” sign is in place.

Elapsed time:  usually a few days, max.

After all, the flags have served their purpose:  to mark the location of the gas and electric lines to the home, so the sign installation company can avoid puncturing/severing them.

Hands Off!

Now fast forward a couple of months.

Once the sale has closed, and the listing agent is long gone, at least some homeowners apparently think the flags are still somehow off-limits.**

In the case of the Southwest Minneapolis home pictured above, the yellow flags have been in the front lawn since last February.

**Sort of like the mattress tags that could never, ever be removed.

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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