The Real Deal New York

East Hampton brokers support push to restrict real estate signs

January 24, 2012 09:00AM

East Hampton wants to shrink the size of real estate signs, and surprisingly, many local brokers are on board.

Patch reported that the village board heard arguments from supporters and opponents of a bill that would restrict the size of real estate signs to 1.5 square feet from 7 square feet.

Supporters of the proposal believe it would improve East Hampton’s aesthetics and ensure that eye-catching real estate signs don’t interfere with the natural beauty of the village. For that reason, Brown Harris Stevens’ JB D’Santos, a 13-year resident of the village, favored the restrictions.

Sotheby’s in East Hampton already employs smaller signs, and manager John Gicking, along with Stuart Epstein, managing director of Devlin McNiff Halstead Property, said there are plenty of other ways for buyers to find homes that don’t compromise the village’s aesthetics.

But Sarah Minardi, a vice president with Saunders Real Estate, thought the smaller signs would be less effective and questioned why the town was singling out the real estate industry.

The Real Deal previously reported that the Real Estate Board of New York was also considering revamping ad regulations in the city. [Patch]