Ridiculous “FOR SALE” Signs


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August 14, 2012

I can’t believe some of these exist!

The cynics will say that a couple might be photo-shopped, but stop being such a Debbie-Downer and just laugh!

It seems nowadays that whenever you find something funny, unbelievable, unique, or all of the above on the Internet, the person you send it to tells you, “That’s not real.  Somebody photo-shopped that.”

Perhaps.  But does that mean we can’t laugh?

I’ll do you one better, in this blog post, however.

I’m going to start with the most ridiculous FOR SALE sign I’ve ever seen, and since I can almost guarantee that most people would assume this is fake, I’ll give you the whole back story.

Here is the photo:

That has to be fake, right?

It’s just something you’d find on the Internet, and assume that some 14-year-old photo-shopped?

Actually, it’s real!

The seller of this house in Beaverton, Oregon says she wanted buyers to know she had a “happy home,” and wished that the buyers love the house as much as she and her children did, so she told the truth – the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! What else could you call a FOR SALE by “scorned, slightly bitter, newly single” owner?

And, I suppose the attention can’t hurt from a marketing standpoint either!

Elle Zober found out that her husband was cheating on her with a 22-year-old college student and yoga instructor, and immediately divorced him. She said that the divorce was much easier than the actual sale of her house!

Her sign gained a lot of attention, and directed potential buyers to the website www.greatfamilyhome.com, where they could read more about her story, and where she gave advice such as the following: “All I can tell you is if your husband/wife starts using new text-message language, or starts talking to you like a college kid, check your phone bill – you’re probably going to be in for a surprise.”

Great advice!

Well perhaps this sign was a classic example of “over-sharing,” but in a down-market, a seller should do (almost) anything to get his or her house sold!

That sign is tough to beat, but here are a few other classics, starting with the one I posted at the onset:

I think the sign itself is real, but the “slashing” of prices likely isn’t.

How many times to we see a shirt for sale for $24.99, and the price on top says $34.99, but the “Suggested Retail Price” printed onto the tag says $49.99? What is the real price? Was that shirt EVER for sale for $49.99?

This sign takes things to a whole new level – starting at $475,000, and ending at $250,000.

But the combination of free coffee, hot cider, and bus fare home are pretty tough to beat!

Speaking of tough-to-beat, how about the home-made signs in the photo below?

Who says ONE is enough?

And I love the “4 Sale” sign for those people that only speak text-language:

I suppose I should put some sort of “NSFW” disclaimer next to this one, but if your boss doesn’t find this funny, and thinks you shouldn’t be looking at it, then perhaps he is the person being referenced in the photo below…

Again – I think this “style” of marketing could work in the type of disaster real estate market where everything is for sale, and nothing is selling…

Call me childish, and I know that Europeans use “To Let” instead of “For Lease,” but I can’t help but see toilet when I look at this:

Nothing quite beats a home-made sign, with various font sizes and styles!

Who needs the exposure that MLS brings when you can just hammer one of these beauties into the ground?

And last but not least, if you’re looking for a Realtor, and you my blog but don’t actually like me, then I give a ringing endorsement to this agent:

If you think that all women are wacko, then this one must be completely nuts…

Written By David Fleming

David Fleming is the author of Toronto Realty Blog, founded in 2007. He combined his passion for writing and real estate to create a space for honest information and two-way communication in a complex and dynamic market. David is a licensed Broker and the Broker of Record for Bosley – Toronto Realty Group

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  1. moonbeam!

    at 12:06 pm

    I love the spelling mistakes: most frequent is ‘Reaty’ (Realty)…

  2. CeeGee

    at 6:15 pm

    Me too: I’ve also read those UK signs as “ToiLet” every time. This happened even when I had been there for years. It made me smile every time I misread those signs.

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