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Lewisboro Amends Real Estate Sign Ordinance

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – In an effort to boost local real estate business, the Lewisboro Town Board has amended its local sign ordinance, which will give Realtors more leeway to add information to their “For Sale” signs.

The board voted unanimously to pass the amended code after a public hearing during Monday night’s meeting.

Based on the previous code, signs could only contain the words “For Sale by Broker,” along with a phone number. Real estate agents lobbied the board to allow the signs to include more information and colors, which they said would be more helpful to house shoppers and a boon to their businesses.

“We are very concerned about the way things look, but we want a more modern standard,” Keith Levey of William Raveis Real Estate told the board last month. “We are not looking to erect neon billboards like it was Las Vegas.”

The new law now allows signs to contain symbols, logos, QR (quick response) codes, company names, the agent’s name, phone numbers and web addresses. It also allows for a maximum of three colors.

“This is what the [real estate] agents were looking for,” said Deputy Supervisor Peter DeLucia. “We've made some tremendous strides here. We are making sure that our real estate market is as competitive as our neighbors.”

Board member John Pappalardo said the board made the right decision by listening to area real estate companies before drafting the amendment.

“We approached this correctly by consulting with members of the industry,” he said.

The new code also dictates real estate signs can be no larger than 4 square feet and cannot exceed 6 feet in height. Supplementary signs, such as “Sold,” are now permitted up until the date of closing the title.

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