The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association receives numerous complaints of offers landing in homeowners’ mailboxes and some getting an agent walking straight up to their door.
The offers all have the same theme — agents can sell your home for cash, a lot of it. Some of the pamphlets, copies of which were provided to the Chronicle, show comparative sales in the neighborhood.
One such ad, given to the WRBA on Jan. 18, said the realtor had closed 15 deals in five months in Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
It also reads, “Your house will be next,” seemingly assuming the sale.
Another was simply a white piece of paper with the words “I am interested in buying your house ALL CASH,” with the agent’s name and phone number on it.
Such unsolicited offers were once barred in Queens, as homeowners could list their homes as properties where solicitation was not allowed.
That ended in 2014 and realtors were once again free to solicit whomever they wanted.
Now, such cease-and-desist zones can only be established for certain neighborhoods that show it’s a prevalent issue.