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Realty Signs...Anyone seen any like this?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by klemgraphics, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. klemgraphics

    klemgraphics Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I was asked to quote a price on 20 realty signs like the one pictured. Never have I ever seen anything like it, very cheap and unprofessional looking in my opinion. They are a banjo frame with a screen printed plastice of some sort slid over the top. It is 2 pieces of plastic sewn together. Then the rider is made the same way just a little bigger.

    I plan on pricing out a good real estate frame w/ aluminum faces but I know already that they will be saying "but last time they only cost $xx" and "we want them all to match".

    So I guess my question is does anyone have a source for the signs for these?

    Oh and they also informed me that the company that they got them from is no longer in business.

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  2. Mikeifg

    Mikeifg Active Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Probably because they were cheap. I think those were screened. I would cost out a frame and alum sign also. They look better and hold up pretty well.
  3. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Montrose BC
    Before you do much work (research, etc.) qualify your clients budget to make sure you are not "spinning" your wheels......
  4. mark in tx

    mark in tx Very Active Member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Harker Heights, Texas
    Quote them on what you make.
    Hopefully you have an example to show them your better quality, longer lasting, and most importantly, professional looking sign.

    Trust me, you dont want to waste the time and effort chasing down lower quality products made by defunct crap merchants.
  5. tcorn1965

    tcorn1965 Very Active Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    They look to me like polycoat all weather fold over signs. We sell these although we staple them, not sew them. These should definitely be considered temporary signage

  6. Circleville Signs

    Circleville Signs Very Active Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    Circleville, OH
    I've yet to see a residential real estate company who didn't want it yesterday, at a 90% discount.

  7. Graphics2u

    Graphics2u Very Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    I have seen some that were just banners printed and folded over, sewn up the sides and grommets at the bottom to zip tie them to the frame. Yes they are cheap looking, but very easy to do. Realtors only get cheap signs when they order a lot at a time, especially when they are customized with Names and phone #'s. If they want only a few they can't get them screened.
  8. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

    Sep 29, 2003
    Wetumpka, AL
    Cheapest sign possible...and they stuck it on a banjo frame.
    Coro on wire stakes would have been cheaper.
  9. klemgraphics

    klemgraphics Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I know they have the money for some nice signs but as we all know these realtors are almost all out for cheap, even if it is junk. I'm just going to price it how I thought and either they want them or they don't. And of course they are out of signs and couldn't hardly spare this one so that I could give a quote.

    I bought my house through an agent I know at this place and they didn't give me a discount so guess what...it works both ways.
  10. jscarl

    jscarl Very Active Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    I don't remember right off hand, but there is a father-son co in Detroit Michigan that makes those for elections. Name started with an S. Saroweski or something like that. Dirt cheap. both the work and the sign.
  11. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    I just left a central mls office. This is the mls big cheese of all regulating body office.

    The realtor store has all the signs and frames, boxes, list boxes, stakes wires and other goodies you can imagine. I was just there. There are signs of all types in that place that are selling for cheaper than you or I could get the materials even if we bought a truck load. I have a photo of just one small area of the place. This is the elephant graveyard of all sign supplies. You know the mythical place so many speak about and heard about but never saw...

    No one will be able to compete against this type of place. That is unless you are far enough away from it to make it not worth the trip for the realtor. I mean $4 bux for a yard sign cheap.
  12. pointjockey

    pointjockey Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    cheap Poly throw away signs.... try signrocket.com there are many places that sell them
  13. klemgraphics

    klemgraphics Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Quoted real estate frame and aluminum, told her they looked way more professional than what she had before. Her response was "we've had lots of comments on how good our signs looked, everyone want to know where we get them from".

    Long story short, real signs are out of their price range, now we are quoting coroplast.

    Funny as this place is a good size operation, numerous sub-divisions, built the extreme makeover house here, worth millions but can't afford decent signs. I'm sure the same logic is used when building all of their spec homes as well...cheaper=better.

    What a freakin' joke. Why do I even answer the phone when a realtor calls.

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