Crown Heights

Assemblymember seeks to combat unscrupulous realtors who put pressure on homeowners to sell

February 4, 2019 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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So many immoral realtors and would-be homebuyers are pestering homeowners in Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that a local elected official is handing out “This House is Not for Sale” signs to her constituents, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

“They come with checks already written in their name, and if not checks written in their name, they come with cash trying to buy the house,” Assemblymember Diana Richardson, who represents the neighborhood, told the publication.

Some realtors, according to Richardson, actually sit outside homeowners’ houses, waiting for them to come out of their homes so they can approach them, the Brooklyn Paper said.

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Crown Heights is dominated by residential and mixed-use buildings between three and six stories tall. However, zoning laws allow for buildings to be constructed up to 13 stories, and some realtors are undoubtedly looking forward to buying and tearing down small buildings to make room for high-rises.

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  1. Bob McKenna

    In the 1960 relators did the same thing to many of the white families living in the same neighborhoods. They would buy up a home on a certain block, then sell that home to a black family. Then they would scare tactics to get the white families to sell their homes before the prices of their houses fell because the possibility of other black families moving onto their blocks. Their scare tactics worked to their advantage.