Most brokers who belong to Seattle King County REALTORS® (67 percent) have never had a real estate sign for an open house removed by a city official for sign code violations. Despite widespread compliance and ongoing educational efforts, about one of every 10 brokers who responded to a recent poll admitted to having multiple signs confiscated by a city enforcement officer.
SKCR works with cities throughout Puget Sound to make sure real estate sign codes are reasonable and promote fair housing goals, explained attorney David Crowell, the association’s director of governmental and public affairs.
Crowell and SKCR’s housing advocates are proactive in challenging efforts by some jurisdictions to eliminate real estate signs. “We’ve even been successful in enhancing Realtor marketing efforts by increasing the number of real estate signs allowed in some areas,” he noted. “When rules are followed, it helps us advocate for even more Realtor-friendly codes.”
SKCR’s proactive efforts to keep members mindful of sign codes includes a 90-second video on best sign code practices, and an easy-to-search matrix of codes in most cities in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. That 22-page resource is also available for downloading.