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Have your say: should estate agent boards be banned?

The Argus: Have your say: should estate agent boards be banned? Have your say: should estate agent boards be banned?

Estate agent boards are banned outside properties in conservation areas, but Marc Cox, sales director with Mishon Mackay, wants Brighton and Hove City Council to take radical action and extend the ban to the whole city.

Marc, who is based at the estate agency’s Hove office, said for sale, sold and to let boards spoil the look of an area and they are no longer an essential sales tool for agents.

What do you think? Are they a nuisance and spoil the area? Would you like one if you were selling your house? Does it make you aware of houses on the market?

Have your say below. 

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10:33am Sat 22 Feb 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Ban all estate agents and the boards can stay.

They're a deceptively spacious problem.
Ban all estate agents and the boards can stay. They're a deceptively spacious problem. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 2

10:46am Sat 22 Feb 14

tekniko says...

I'm against the boards, but a compromise may be a maximum A4 sign in the front window? Anyone looking for properties driving at 20mph would certainly spot them.
I'm against the boards, but a compromise may be a maximum A4 sign in the front window? Anyone looking for properties driving at 20mph would certainly spot them. tekniko
  • Score: 1

11:05am Sat 22 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

They often advertise that a property is empty and ripe for squatting.
They often advertise that a property is empty and ripe for squatting. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 14

11:17am Sat 22 Feb 14

bug eye says...

If I am looking for a property in a particular area or street I would drive around and look at those areas so boards are essential. Some people see the board in an area they may not have considered but like the house so would buy that way, and not everyone has the internet. If I was selling i would want every way of marketing my property including a sign outside the most obvious way. If they banned boards people will just put signs up themselves in their windows and that would look worse, and not help the agents. However boards should not be allowed to stay up once a house is sold or let, they should be taken down on the day contracts are signed. council beware.Mishon Mckay are clearly on a mission to drive out the smaller local competitors and jobs..
If I am looking for a property in a particular area or street I would drive around and look at those areas so boards are essential. Some people see the board in an area they may not have considered but like the house so would buy that way, and not everyone has the internet. If I was selling i would want every way of marketing my property including a sign outside the most obvious way. If they banned boards people will just put signs up themselves in their windows and that would look worse, and not help the agents. However boards should not be allowed to stay up once a house is sold or let, they should be taken down on the day contracts are signed. council beware.Mishon Mckay are clearly on a mission to drive out the smaller local competitors and jobs.. bug eye
  • Score: -10

11:39am Sat 22 Feb 14

worthingite says...

Yes
Yes worthingite
  • Score: 6

3:24pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

Absolutely they should be banned. They are left to the residents to take down and dump and never removed by the agents. In the recent gales one of these was seen by me lying in the road so they are dangerous too. Prosecute and jail any agents flouting a ban.
Absolutely they should be banned. They are left to the residents to take down and dump and never removed by the agents. In the recent gales one of these was seen by me lying in the road so they are dangerous too. Prosecute and jail any agents flouting a ban. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 6

11:42pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Sevensisters says...

If only they would remove them after the sale or letting. The house next door to us has several in the garden!
If only they would remove them after the sale or letting. The house next door to us has several in the garden! Sevensisters
  • Score: 2

8:10am Sun 23 Feb 14

Sussex jim says...

I was once driving from a country lane into a main road. A large (about 1x1m.) sign had been erected advertising an expensive property along the lane; it was obscuring my view of traffic on the main road.
I removed the sign and took it into the agent's office, explaining why. The young man behind the desk put on the usual sickly false smile, and thanked me for returning it. He was however very annoyed!
I was once driving from a country lane into a main road. A large (about 1x1m.) sign had been erected advertising an expensive property along the lane; it was obscuring my view of traffic on the main road. I removed the sign and took it into the agent's office, explaining why. The young man behind the desk put on the usual sickly false smile, and thanked me for returning it. He was however very annoyed! Sussex jim
  • Score: 0

11:21am Sun 23 Feb 14

scoobysnax says...

I agree, ban them, if you want a property just go online.
They pollute the environment and are very unnecessary.
I agree, ban them, if you want a property just go online. They pollute the environment and are very unnecessary. scoobysnax
  • Score: 2

6:20pm Sun 23 Feb 14

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

HJ says that the Greens love them so squatters and travelers know where to go.
HJ says that the Greens love them so squatters and travelers know where to go. I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!
  • Score: 2

1:12am Mon 24 Feb 14

Bugzy84 says...

bug eye wrote:
If I am looking for a property in a particular area or street I would drive around and look at those areas so boards are essential. Some people see the board in an area they may not have considered but like the house so would buy that way, and not everyone has the internet. If I was selling i would want every way of marketing my property including a sign outside the most obvious way. If they banned boards people will just put signs up themselves in their windows and that would look worse, and not help the agents. However boards should not be allowed to stay up once a house is sold or let, they should be taken down on the day contracts are signed. council beware.Mishon Mckay are clearly on a mission to drive out the smaller local competitors and jobs..
Welcome to the 21st Century!
Anyone who can buy or rent a property will have some form of access to the internet will automatically look at rightmove .com as every estate agent is on there which is a lot easier than going to loads of different offices or driving around for hour.
[quote][p][bold]bug eye[/bold] wrote: If I am looking for a property in a particular area or street I would drive around and look at those areas so boards are essential. Some people see the board in an area they may not have considered but like the house so would buy that way, and not everyone has the internet. If I was selling i would want every way of marketing my property including a sign outside the most obvious way. If they banned boards people will just put signs up themselves in their windows and that would look worse, and not help the agents. However boards should not be allowed to stay up once a house is sold or let, they should be taken down on the day contracts are signed. council beware.Mishon Mckay are clearly on a mission to drive out the smaller local competitors and jobs..[/p][/quote]Welcome to the 21st Century! Anyone who can buy or rent a property will have some form of access to the internet will automatically look at rightmove .com as every estate agent is on there which is a lot easier than going to loads of different offices or driving around for hour. Bugzy84
  • Score: 2

1:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

FAT SAS says...

bug eye wrote:
If I am looking for a property in a particular area or street I would drive around and look at those areas so boards are essential. Some people see the board in an area they may not have considered but like the house so would buy that way, and not everyone has the internet. If I was selling i would want every way of marketing my property including a sign outside the most obvious way. If they banned boards people will just put signs up themselves in their windows and that would look worse, and not help the agents. However boards should not be allowed to stay up once a house is sold or let, they should be taken down on the day contracts are signed. council beware.Mishon Mckay are clearly on a mission to drive out the smaller local competitors and jobs..
Really why not look on Rightmove ? Only 60% of properties have a board outside in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]bug eye[/bold] wrote: If I am looking for a property in a particular area or street I would drive around and look at those areas so boards are essential. Some people see the board in an area they may not have considered but like the house so would buy that way, and not everyone has the internet. If I was selling i would want every way of marketing my property including a sign outside the most obvious way. If they banned boards people will just put signs up themselves in their windows and that would look worse, and not help the agents. However boards should not be allowed to stay up once a house is sold or let, they should be taken down on the day contracts are signed. council beware.Mishon Mckay are clearly on a mission to drive out the smaller local competitors and jobs..[/p][/quote]Really why not look on Rightmove ? Only 60% of properties have a board outside in the first place. FAT SAS
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Fri 28 Feb 14

FAT SAS says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Ban all estate agents and the boards can stay.

They're a deceptively spacious problem.
Time to leave home and join the real world
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: Ban all estate agents and the boards can stay. They're a deceptively spacious problem.[/p][/quote]Time to leave home and join the real world FAT SAS
  • Score: 0

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