Several real estate agents appeared before the Arnold City (St. Louis) Council Thursday to protest a proposal that would require them to pay for a permit to post directional arrows to open houses.

The permit, which would cost $50 per real estate office, would allow all agents in that office to post unlimited directional arrows on public property for a year. The proposal is part of a revision to an ordinance that bans temporary or “snipe” signs such as those for garage sales, which are often tacked to trees, telephone poles, public benches, streetlights and other public right-of-way property.

The real estate agents said they don’t want to have to pass additional costs on to clients during the economic downturn. (That could average out to a dollar per listing – OMG!)

Some may think I made this story up, but I didn’t, Real Estate Protest. If you have a chance read the comments on the link. This is very serious issue. Broker’s of America lets unite behind this protest.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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