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New business is a real estate sign of the times

February 28, 2005|by MALINDA SHAVER of HomeSource

Just about the time the crocuses burst forth to signal spring, there's a seasonal growth spurt in another indicator that tells us the real estate climate is about to warm up. House For Sale signs begin to appear.

While they don't sprout from bulbs, the signs are "planted," and one local team is bringing its sign installation business back to its home area. Increased activity in homes sales recently has spurred Ryan Myers and his brother, Doug, to expand their Realty Sign Post Company, LLC. A native of Franklin County, Ryan Myers acquired the business last year.

Based in northern Virginia, the company uses the convenience of the Internet to arrange sign installations. Once an account is established, the real estate agent or the realty office logs in at www.realtysignpost.com to provide instructions as to where and when a sign is needed.

After receiving the agent's request for type of post and the additional, smaller information boards called riders, one of Myers' installation crew will have the post in place on the property, within 24-48 hours. Ryan Myers reports that 95 percent of sign orders are accomplished within a day.

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Another member of the Realty Sign Post team is Tony Kuhn, also from Chambersburg. He emphasized the advantages to real estate agents of applying communications technology and superior customer service to free up the agent's energies for more productive things.

"We know the area, we know where the new roads are, and how to get to any property," Kuhn said.

A convenient option under the Gold level Service Plan is to have Realty Sign Post store a supply of the company or agent's signs. They provide the post, of course, either the square wooden version or the newer, more durable molded plastic type that is easier to install. The post will be placed to assure the best visibility for someone driving by. Realty Sign Post can also provide riders and even arrange for custom signs, like Kuhn's favorite, "Honey - Stop the car!"

The Myers brothers and Kuhn are inviting the local real estate community to meet them and learn about their services.

Friday, April 1, the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors monthly luncheon will be sponsored by Realty Sign Post at the Four Point Sheraton in Chambersburg. For more information, call the Pen-Mar office at 301-797-4480 or 888-373-6627.

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