Orangetown seeks to ban unsolicited realtor letters urging home sales

<p>A Rockland County community wants to ban realtors from sending unsolicited letters that urge people to sell their homes.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 25, 2018, 9:48 PM

Updated 2,087 days ago

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A Rockland County community wants to ban realtors from sending unsolicited letters that urge people to sell their homes.
Residents and town officials in Orangetown say realtors are mailing unwanted letters to dozens of residents on a daily basis.
One letter even shows a picture of a resident’s home from Google Maps with the caption "Is This Your House? I May Want to Buy It."
Town officials say "Realty Teams," which also goes by the name "Q Home Sales," is one company that's sending out a bulk of the unsolicited letters.
Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee want to ban realtors from asking people to sell their homes. They're asking the state to create a cease-and-desist zone.
The cease and desist already exists in the bordering village of Chestnut Ridge, and now officials want to expand it to Orangetown.
More than 2,500 people are signed up for the "Do Not Knock Registry," preventing solicitors from going door to door.
The town says if the state expands the cease-and-desist zone, residents would also be able to sign up to prevent unwanted mail.
News 12 contacted Realty Teams, which denied it is mailing unsolicited letters.


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