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Take down local real estate signs | Letter

November 20, 2013 · Updated 3:25 PM

One thing that contributes to Orcas’ pleasant rural atmosphere is the lack of real estate signs along our roadways. For this, we can thank our local realtors. (Would that our local politicians adopt a similar policy!) However, there is some backsliding. I have seen the below on routes I travel frequently; there are probably others:

At the former Upper Tavern, at Orcas Village, near the West Sound Bridge on Deer Harbor Road, at the “Twin Pagodas” adjacent to Landmark Inn in Eastsound.

The original draft of this letter included phone numbers from the signs, with the thought that you may like to call them to request removal. If you want a number, you may contact me at wmg@orcasonline or get it from the sign. (Editor’s note: we do not run phone numbers without the owners’ permission.)

Realtors can discourage the signage when presenting to sellers,  showing statistically how  technology  (Internet) globally has changed the real estate market. Buyers have already done their homework before they physically look at properties with a broker.  They surf the net, access MLS listings, gather public recorded information on properties, google the maps to name a few.  When they arrive they do not need signs to directly locate properties.  Sometimes they have a binder filled with the information!

Wally Gilliam

Orcas Island


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