The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a measure urging the 12 local municipalities to establish “cease and desist” zones in “neighborhoods subjected to intense and repeated real estate solicitations.”
” … I want to be very clear about the area I represent: New Jersey, and especially urban areas in Jersey City, are seeing a big economic boom … that thankfully is starting to reach the areas of Bergen-Lafayette, Greenville area, Ward F, Ward A, in Jersey City if you don’t know it,” explained Balmir at Thursday’s regular meeting of the board.
“And because of that, especially our seniors. You have people constantly coming to their doors asking them if they want to sell their homes. If someone has a ‘For Sale’ sign, I have no problems in the free market if you ask them ‘can I give you a better deal?'”
However, Balmir said he is completely against random, repeated harassment of people that are not trying to sell their homes.
O’Dea noted that in Jersey City, residents used to be able to put a decal in the window of their home if they did not want literature placed at their home. He feels a similar type of decal could easily remedy this current situation.
“And I think whether it’s Jersey City or other cities in the county, [we] should do the same thing: have a decal ‘please do not,’ ‘do not solicit purchasing my house.’ Stick the decals in there and then if individuals do that they’re violating the law the same way they’d be violating the law if they were putting literature.”
Romano, who said that real state brokers were like “locusts” when he was growing up in Hoboken, called the harassment “tragic,” which is why he was supporting the resolution.
Back in April, NJTV did a feature on Orthodox Jews arriving in Jersey City’s Ward F to take advantage of the real estate there, to the chagrin of some members of the community.
The measure was approved by a vote of 7-0, with West New York Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez (D-7) voting via phone. Freeholders Al Cifelli (D-9) and Kenny Kopacz (D-1) were absent.