Hey - be careful with my Open House signs!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) 629265000 & 7238507
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Hey - be careful with my Open House signs! 

 

I just had an interesting experience.   We were scheduled to get short sale approval on one of my listings today (Monday); however last Friday the buyer lost his job.   So what did I do?   I put it back active on the MLS, I blogged it, I craigslisted it, I called all the people who had previously expressed interest, I text messaged all my potential buyers AND I ran over and put up 14 open house signs and sat and marketed it to death on my laptop so that I could get another offer quickly.

I even arranged to have agents trade each other off while all the advertising was out there and all the signs were up.   The last agent was to pick up the signs and take them back to the office for me to pick up.   I went and met him and he started yanking them out of the back of his jeep.   He had them all thrown in there in a big tangled up mess!    I have nice flags to go on each one too.  They were thrown in the jeep in a pile of grease.   I said, "Hey dude! Be careful with my Open House signs!".    He said, "Ya they sure take a beating don't they?" as he continued to rip them out tangled and all as they were falling apart on the ground.  I have sign riders on the top that he ripped off too.  As I questioned him again about his handling of my signs, I noticed he was stepping on one of my corregated sign riders. He then said, "I'm sorry I lost two of the flags."   

You can always tell when agents are not listing agents.   They have no idea how much signs, sign riders, flags, lockboxes, flyers, advertising, promotional materials etc cost!  They have no idea that it was "MY" money that paid for them.  

Guess who will not be doing any more open houses for me?   YUP.  

Do you think he reads Active Rain blogs?  Doubt it.

 

I would like to put a sign on his computer that says,

"Hey, Want to do any more Open houses?  Then BE CAREFUL WITH MY OPEN HOUSE SIGNS!"  

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Adrian Willanger
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Shanna-clearly he doesn't do many opens or he would know how important it is to take care of the equipment. I'm sure he'll think about it from now on. 

Sep 25, 2012 08:20 AM #20
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Jean Hanley
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Shanna, that just wasn't nice at all!  Why people don't take care of other people's things is beyond me.  Suppose he treats his belongings the same way?

 

Sep 25, 2012 09:01 AM #21
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Jack Snyder
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I think the problem is more him being a slob rather than he not doing open houses. (By slob I mean, one of messy character)

 

I'm sorry to hear about your experience but it could be worst... you could he him.

 

~Jack

Sep 25, 2012 09:19 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Thanks for your support everyone!   It has brought to my attention a topic to talk about with my buyers agents.  It also reminds me of why we put security deposits on rental properties.   I like the idea of putting security deposits on my signs!   A little ridiculous?  Maybe, but maybe not!   Shanna

Sep 25, 2012 09:35 AM #23
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Rich Arnold
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
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nothing allowedI am still surprised at how many agents do not have their own signs, even a few of them.  Yes, they are a little pricey, and the plastic ones can be torn up easily.  There is no excuse for being so CARELESS to start, and then to add insult to injury, being CARELESS and DISRESPECTFUL right in front of the listing agent and owner of the signs.

Holy cow!  I don't blame you if you don't ever speak to this guy again.  I will step warily around Jeeps for the foreseable future....

Sep 25, 2012 09:39 AM #24
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Ayshica Andrews
Tempe, AZ

How disrespectful! A deposit on our signs are definitely in order. To bad that some people cannot respect the property of others.

Sep 25, 2012 09:47 AM #25
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Monique Keith
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Ahwatukee, AZ
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Hi Shanna,

Some people will never learn. This agent is most likely a mess with his RE transactions also. 

Sep 25, 2012 09:52 AM #26
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I'm surprised he never took the hints you were dropping as a sign to be more gentle!  I'd be upset too!

Sep 25, 2012 10:14 AM #27
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Ha Ha Rich - When my daughter read this post, she said, "I hope he has "Allstate Insurance on his Jeep!"     Shanna

Sep 25, 2012 10:16 AM #28
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He just came and sat down by me in the office - wow - to kick him or not to kick him - that is the question!?? 

Sep 25, 2012 10:18 AM #29
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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Shanna:

I have had the same experience.  I loan several of my signs to a colleague and when I got them back they were filthy, scuffed and just awful.  I was not happy.  By the way, in my city you can only have 6 sign for each open house. 

Sep 25, 2012 10:24 AM #30
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He needs protection that Allstate can't give him. Protection from himself!

Sep 25, 2012 11:40 AM #31
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ha ha lol. 

Sep 25, 2012 12:39 PM #32
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I know this happens, but that just seems pretty crazy. Even selling specialized agents still are paying a lot just to be an agent. It is silly to not automatically understand...somethat was bought it cost money. 

Sep 25, 2012 12:48 PM #33
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Christine Donovan
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Shanna - That would have frustrated me no end. It's not that hard.
Sep 25, 2012 03:40 PM #34
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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ouchhhhhhhhhhh - $$$ flying away. Send him an "invoice" for the damaged sign. Fake one from you, copy of the real one that YOU paid for so he can 'discover' the costs of these.

Sep 25, 2012 03:58 PM #35
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Suzi Sandore
Keller Williams North County - San Marcos, CA
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You were a lot nicer than I would have been if someone did that to my signs!!  Hey dude! would have been accompanied by a slap upside the head! Total disrespect on his part. 

Sep 25, 2012 04:08 PM #36
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We all need friends. Maybe he needs a wake up call? Yay or nay? Shanna
Sep 25, 2012 10:39 PM #37
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Terkel Sørensen
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Wow Shanna - Noep - that invite would not be extended here again either - not to mention... How does he handle his contracts? 

(And you know - KW will hire anybody...) :-) That's a joke!

That said - as you mentioned, it is a topic to speak to your buyers agents about, in pretty much all other industries, there is a heavy effort to make sure that outside reprensentation is beneficial - go to a Hilton and try to find a cleaning person "tossing" stuff around - doesn't happen. 

Btw - I use local sign companies for my signs - we are $10/doublesided - so I am less worried about the cost of the signs and we usually buy 20 - 50 at a time - 20 signs is a bare minimum for an open house on our team - 50 is the norm.

Sep 27, 2012 10:32 AM #38
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Wow Terkel - you found a good sign company.   Do they ship to AZ & UT?  If so, would you mind passing on the contact info?     So... you don't like KW?  Did you see Keller Williams is "NUMBER 1"  on JD Power's 2012 Best Service awards for BOTH buyers and sellers?    Besides KW RED signs are the best!   As silly as it seems, that's one of the biggest reasons I love KW - I love the RED signs!!!   Thx for the comments - I appreciate them!   Shanna

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