Our communities are always full of for sale signs. If we are lucky and not in a neighborhood full of foreclosures and bank sales, the real estate signs in our neighborhood look like this:

I say "lucky" because, while kind of obnoxious, at least this one is tastefully put together. Like many of these signs, however, it begs the question as to whether they are trying to sell the property with the sign or promote their own business.

Consider an alternate approach from Celebration, FL. There the size and shape of real estate signs have been standardized, and done so on a miniaturized scale compared to what we are accustomed to in the world of blight.

 

Both signs contain nearly the same information. The owner of the first sign may feel restricted if their sign were limited in size and shape as in Celebration, but I had no problem finding every single home that was for sale when the signs were this small. In other words, it is hard to justify the large, obnoxious real estate signs that permeate the landscape on the grounds that they are needed to identify properties on the market.

If you would like to see more pictures and read more commentary from our tour of Celebration, you can visit the Community Growth Institute Facebook site.