New Orleans Real Estate News: Political Signs and For Sale by Owners

Political Signs and For Sale by Owners

Today was election day in Louisiana. I performed my civic duty, going to the polling place and casting my ballot. I truly believe that every eligible voter in our state should be involved in choosing our next representatives, from the state level to the local level. You get out of government what you put into it.

Political signs



Driving through Algiers today, I had to wonder...why do the candidates think that cluttering up the street corners and neutral grounds with their campaign signs will get us to vote for them? It's a mess out there today - signs lining the streets and clustered at the corners. I hope those same zealous volunteers who took the time to put the signs out this week will be back tomorrow to pick them all up! These signs violate the city's sign ordinance. I guess our candidates missed that one...





For Sale by OwnerDo For Sale By Owners know that when they place a "For Sale" sign on public property they are also in violation of the local ordinances? Fines can be assessed and the city or parish can confiscate any signs on public property. The local laws are as follows:

  • Orleans Parish - Open house signs allowed on public property for a maximum of 4 hours on the day of an open house. Directional signs (arrows) and for sale signs are not allowed on city property, including neutral grounds.
  • Jefferson Parish - No signs on public right of way. $500 fine per day/per sign.
  • Plaquemines Parish - No restrictions at this time
  • City of Gretna - No signs on public property.
  • City of Westwego - No signs on public property.



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Lisa Heindel



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Comment balloon 19 commentsLisa Heindel • October 20 2007 05:14PM


The way it looks it might be better to not have signs all over the place...  keeps the community from looking so trashed with political, for sale and garage sale signs all over.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 12 years ago
Sally, this is one of my pet peeves!  I HATE to see all of these signs all over leading up to the elections.  Do they honestly think I'm casting my vote based on how many of their signs they can litter the landscape with?  And, we, as realtors, can be fined for having signs out like that!
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Lisa.... You have some tough rules down there!   Funny how the lawmakers never feel the LAW applies to them.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan, I've never known any other rules, so I just abide by them and BLOG for business :)  The FSBO folks are always pushing the envelope, putting signs out everywhere.  I can't imagine what the streets would look like if agents were allowed to put signs out directing you to every listing!
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Lisa, I don't know why politicians advertise themselves on lawns either!  Where's their class?  They were also at the last fair I was at.  It's a great point you made!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Hello, Carole!  I understand the signs on personal property - people are supporting their candidate.  But the number of illegal campaign signs makes me crazy.  I assume they were at the fair shaking hands and kissing babies? :) 
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

Now wouldn't they be upset if the city came along and removed all the signs, prior to the election :)  they did that in one city here......everything that was out of compliance for local ordinances was removed....including real Estate, Candidate, Garage Sales, etc. 

I'm with you I get tired of seeing the names plastered all over.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 12 years ago
Kathy, I would have loved to see that!!!  I'm often tempted to pick them up myself when they are on my corner and HAVE picked up real estate signs that were out days after the open house...we as agents should know better :)
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

The deed restrictions in my subdivision, Pelican Point, specifically prohibit political signage.  It makes for a much neater looking neighborhood.

I don't think my vote was every influenced by a sign.  I have, however, been negatively influenced by the automated political calls that I get in the evening. (Funny how the politicos exempted themselves from the DNC laws.)  I specifically refused to vote for anyone who intruded with an automated call. 

Posted by Don Stern, Greater Baton Rouge Real Estate (Realty Executives South Louisiana) over 12 years ago

So, Don, did you actually get to vote for anyone at all? Those calls are everywhere!

I don't mind individuals having signs on their private property, it's the violation of the sign ordinances by people running for office that just sets me off. 

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Lisa, it always cheeses me here in Scottsdale that FSBOs seem to get away with murder on signage.  Perhaps your area has better enforcement.  We are not allowed to place signs on public right of ways.  I swear I have seen FSBO directional signs planted on the same public corner for months at a time without being removed.  My open house signs get confiscated if they touch pavement for 10 minutes.  Must be because I am big, bad Realtor.
Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 12 years ago
LISA:  You're right about these nuisance signs being strewn about without reprecussion.  I guess you need someone to complain to get something done.  Some areas here have started the process of eliminating the temporary signs that we place out for open houses though.  What a joke!
Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 12 years ago

Paul, we have the same issues here.  If an agent sign is up where it doesn't belong, complaints happen.  FSBO signs just stay there and stay there and stay there....

Adam, no open house signs?  Wow, it's hard enough to get people in WITH the signs.  I can't imagine trying to do it without any.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

Lisa!  I like your post!  And THANKS for commenting on mine!!

In one of the Cities we service, a worker will pluck the signs up, throw them all into an outdoor covered place near the entrance to the City Hall, and the sign owner has a certain time to retrieve them before they are fined.  Each City has a different ordinance.... some have none.  I service different communities because of management. 

I too dislike the clutter of signs - folks in my neighborhood think it's OK to post their garage sale signs close to my yard!  UGH (I'm on a corner) I wouldn't want to get caught leaving a sign in Jefferson Parish!

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) over 12 years ago
Hi Diane!  Thanks so much for reading and commenting.  I wish that the authorities were a little more vigilant in picking up the signs here...sometimes I'll see the same one just sitting out there forever!  It can be frustrating when I'm following the rules and the others are not.
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Hi Lisa,
I despise the signs but what is even worse is after the election, many are not removed for months on end.  Same with real estate signs.  
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 12 years ago
Cynthia, the election was on Saturday and the streets are still filled with them.  I wonder where all of those volunteers are now?  And the real estate signs...grrrr. 
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago


I liked this post; did the politicians ever come back to clean up the mess?

Tom BRaatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago
Tom, most of the signs are gone now, but there are still some strays out there.  And, of course, the candidates that are in a run off still have all of their signs up.  It just looks so other word for it.
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago