Market Wise Q&A column for the SJMN: Why am I Unpacking with a FOR SALE Still on the Lawn?


Pat Kapowich for the San Jose Mercury News Q: I moved into my new home last week and the Sellers’ Agent key-safe, FOR SALE signs, brochure box, fliers and display, etc., are still here. The Listing Agent said she would stop by to take a picture with a SOLD sign on the lawn post. Since my Buyer’s Agent is of no help, what should we do?

A: I’ve spoken to many Managers and Brokers about this all too common and foolhardy problem. Yet, they don’t see it that way, they want the FOR SALE sign on the house lawn or condo window as long as they can get away with it. Instead of ordering the marketing material removed upon the escrow sign-off, the Buyer walk-though or even funding of the loan, they wait until they are paid. By then, it’s too late, most buyers would deem this as an affront and stack the junk on the side of their new property.



Realtor Pat Kapowich, Kapowich Real Estate, is a Certified Residential Broker and instructs quarterly in real estate at De Anza College.  Contact him at (408) 245-7700 or

Realtor Pat Kapowich. Broker/Owner Certified Residential Broker ABR, CRS, GRI & SRES Home Sales Expertise and Experience (408) 245-7700