BLOCKBUSTING – Alive and Well in…




Block busting is alive and well in Chestnut Ridge. Someone stopped me while I was cutting my grass on Monday and asked if I wanted to sell my house. A van was slowly driving up and down my street this afternoon and I received this letter in the mail. Feeling a little pressured to move these days.


We are covering this topic because while “blockbusting” an illegal practice, social media has created loopholes in its enforcement. We recommend that you be diligent, warn you neighbors and say unequivocally, “NO.” when someone approaches.

We welcome personal experiences of our readership.




10 thoughts on “BLOCKBUSTING – Alive and Well in…

  1. Look thrilled, tell them you’ve been thinking of moving. What luck they came by just now. Then tell them you’re aware that your neighbourhood is one of the more “desirable” around and that some of your neighbours recently moved and got amazing prices for their homes. Then tell them you would love to discuss selling but not for less than {insert at least twice them maximum possible value for your home here}.

  2. The letter in this story doesn’t go into the realm of blockbusting nor is it disrespectful read the legal term:

    “The practice of illegally frightening homeowners by telling them that people who are members of a particular race, religion, or national origin are moving into their neighborhood and that they should expect a decline in the value of their property. The purpose of this scheme is to get the homeowners to sell out at a deflated price.

    An unscrupulous real estate agent will subsequently sell the vacated homes to minority group members at an inflated price, thereby obtaining a large profit. Fair access to housing is defeated by blockbusting.”

    • Agreed this letter’s real ‘crime’ is lack of proofreading by the author. Forgetting the ‘you’ in thank you? Intentional? But seriously the generally bad form and grammar all over the place is an embarrassment to the writer’s ability to use google translate from another first language.

      In any case, the real reason this is being treated as blockbusting, despite not necessarily (on its face) meeting technical criteria, is the package that it comes along with including knocks on doors and more… Much has been made of the fact that real estate agents often write letters to home owners. But guess what – those agents boldly proclaim their first and last names and their office street addresses and even their phone numbers!

      Someone with good intentions who wants to move to a specific street would do a lot better to properly identify themselves. This letter writer most certainly doesn’t give a very good impression by ‘admitting’ only to a first name and really what are the chances that the name is real?? Would you have someone online who only has a first name come to your house to buy your car or would you automatically be suspicious of their motivations? Is a home transaction any less important that people should not be suspicious? And upset about the anonymous contacts?

  3. I live near KJ and have had more and more knocking on my door or stopping – I take out my phone and pretend to take a pic and they run like girls. The pics I have taken I passed on to local authorities. Have a camera now set up, Told one guy the next time he came here e would be carried off. Saw this happen in Flatbush.

  4. You guys go nuts when a j4 j person knocks on your door but you guys have no problem knocking on peoples doors when you know very well that they have no intrest in selling. You gguys have an obvious double standard

  5. Andrew-What would happen if people from Chestnut Ridge went to New Square and knocked on their doors?
    I think commercial property is different than a residential property that someone has lived in for 30 or 40 years. I know someone that was told by her new “religious” neighbor that she is the oldest one on the block, is that nice? If you want to buy a house look at the houses with For Sale signs on the front lawn and leave the other people alone.

  6. I think you’re just looking for reasons to be outraged. This is a very respectful, well-written letter.

    That’s the way free-enterprise works. If you don’t want someone on your property, perhaps (i don’t know) there is a legal remedy. But for someone to mail (or email) you — what is wrong with that?

    I work for a company that has a commercial property that is considered desirable. We hear from brokers on a regular basis, cold-calling to see if we have an interest in selling.

    There are (far) worse problems in life to have other than sitting on valuable property that people are willing to pay good money for. If you’re not interested in selling, just ignore those letters.

  7. When the two Weichert women ring your doorbell just ask them if they want to come in and see the cage and chains in the basement.

  8. 1. Put a sign in your front yard or by the front door that says, “NO TRESPASSING” and “NO SOLICITING”. Then if they do come to your door, you have recourse to call the police. If they are going door to door, they might still be in the neighborhood when the police arrive.
    2. Also, I recommend that you answer the door with a video camera with audio running the whole time to record the full interaction.

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