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A Sign of the Times

You've seen them.  I've seen them.  We've all seen them.  Those silly, some would say cheesy, signs that hang below the main For Sale sign on a post in front of a home.  In the industry, they're called riders.  You know what I'm talking about... signs that declare:

"I'm Gorgeous Inside!"

or these two below:

Cheesy Sign Riders

Tell the truth: when's the last time you actually screamed out (note the exclamation mark), "Honey... Stop the Car!"?  Maybe to avoid hitting a deer, but certainly not to go see a home for sale in Northern Virginia or anywhere else for that matter.

When you sell your home with me, I promise you that you will not be embarrased by having one of these cheesy sign riders gracing your front yard.

Rather, you can be assured that I'll be marketing your home to the fullest and working overtime to make sure that you get one of these signs in your yard:

Brian Block Sold Another Home

Honestly, isn't that the only sign that really matters?

Let's leave the funny/cheesy signs for outside churches.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsBrian Block • August 29 2011 06:53PM


I hate those "Honey- Stop the Car" riders. Honey; stop the car so I can vomit is more like it.  I've seen some that have a rider on top, then 5 or 6 hanging from the bottom all the way to the ground. I guess agnets don't know ( actually don't care) that that is a sign violation on top of looking terrible.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) almost 7 years ago

HAHAHA! I love the cheese though! Gotta laugh at life now and then :)


I hear you but vomitting isn't worth it to me.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 7 years ago

Brian, thanks for the laugh tonight...suggested this one. I'd like to see what other members think about the riders.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) almost 7 years ago

I have seen signs like this once in a great while. I think they serve their purpose, as they are eye-catching. People notice them, laugh, and remember. I don't get bothered by them. 

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

We should have a contest on AR to create a new sign rider that is positive and might promote the property.  How about it?

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage) almost 7 years ago

Great stuff Brian, you are on a roll. Gotta agree with you on this one, I never use those signs, however if we started using amusing, humorous ones I wonder if we would get a different reaction. hmmmm

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 7 years ago

And how often is it that I go into one of those cheesy-sign houses for an inspection and wow, it isn't so gorgeous inside!?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

I have not seen riders like that here, good thing. I have seen that on the MLS though. One agent in particular. And one of those Honey stop the car homes went into foreclosure after being on the market forever....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 7 years ago

People inside the real estate business dislike these riders:  the public quite likes them, especially in my area.  It is for this reason I tend not to look for other Realtors opinions - they're not hiring me!!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 5 years ago

I think it's kind of cheesy to put your photo on a sign... like you are marketing yourself and not the home.  But that's just my opinion on the subject.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

Brian, I think having your photo on the sign is actually MORE cheesy than a silly sign rider. My .02

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 5 years ago