Many real estate agents and investors have used a bandit sign or two in their real estate promotions. These signs, which tend to populate nearly every high-traffic corner over most weekends in most areas of the country, are a low-budget, high-return advertising option and also are a source of real estate deal leads.
These signs are so effective, in fact, that they are often used not just to advertise “I buy houses for cash” and other similar sentiments, but to promote open houses and official estate sales as well.
Much to the chagrin of a Huntington Beach real estate professional, however, there is such a thing as “too much publicity” for a real estate open house – at least as far as the municipal government is concerned. The city fined him $2,750 for putting up too many open house signs. He was fined $250 per sign.
The real estate agent did push back and eventually the city dropped the total fine to $500.