One New Jersey township has gone further, with ‘cease and desist’ zones.
“The flurry of activity that comes with the spring housing market felt different this year in certain areas of Rockland.
Residents in some sections of Ramapo and surrounding communities began complaining on social media and at public meetings that they were being targeted by overzealous real estate solicitations, both in person and by mail, by people trying to encourage them to put their homes on the market.
In the months since, combating those unwanted solicitations has become a top priority for many local officials and communities.
Door-to-door real estate solicitations aren’t new in Ramapo, where ultra-Orthodox Jewish families have been expanding their presence year after year.
But some homeowners said that things had gotten out of control, and that they felt threatened, calling the real estate activity “blockbusting.” The term was originally used to refer to real estate agents’ tactics in the 1950s to induce property owners to sell hastily at low prices out of fear that racial minorities would soon be moving into their neighborhoods.
Local real estate agents denied using such tactics.”
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