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Amid complaints of ‘constant harassment,’ New Jersey town moves to ban real estate solicitors

Sign of an overheated market?

Residents of a neighborhood in Toms River, New Jersey are so tired of being “constantly harassed” by real estate agents who go door-to-door in their neighborhood offering to buy their homes that they are pushing for a ban of real estate solicitation in the town.

According to a report from the Asbury Park Press, the Toms River neighborhood of North Dover is inundated with “aggressive” real estate solicitors who repeatedly knock on people’s doors and ask them if they want to sell their house.

And it’s gotten so bad that the town’s leaders are considering banning real estate solicitation in the neighborhood for five years.

So what makes this neighborhood so hot? Here’s the Asbury Park Press with more on the situation:

The explosive growth in the Orthodox Jewish community in neighboring Lakewood has led real estate agents from that community to seek homes in nearby Toms River, Jackson and southern Howell.

Residents of North Dover have responded by moving to form a neighborhood watch group they say is aimed at making sure township codes are enforced in their area, in addition to working to share information and deter crime. They insist they are not anti-Semitic, but are only concerned with the quality of life in their still-rural neighborhood.

The town already placed tighter restrictions on real estate solicitation in November, but the town is now considering banning real estate solicitation altogether thanks to some overly aggressive agents.

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