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OCBR Responds to Toms River’s Revised Peddling and Soliciting Ordinance


On June 23rd, the Township of Toms River passed a revision to Ordinance Chapter 391, which covers Peddling and Soliciting, as well as Neighborhood Canvassing. The Ocean County Board of REALTORS® is the local trade association that represents local REALTORS®, and is dedicated to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

REALTORS® are no longer 19th century peddlers—REALTORS® are professionals who follow a strict Code of Ethics. Every article of the Code is based on the vision to better serve the public, and all REALTORS® use the code as the means to achieve that goal.  All member, boards, or associations of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) are required to both maintain and enforce the NAR Code of Ethics with respect to the business practices of all members. All real estate professionals must take continuing education credits every two years in order to remain up to date on current real estate topics, including ethics, legal issues, and fair housing.

Not only do REALTORS® have a strict Code of Ethics that must be followed, but there are also rules for professionalism set forth by NAR. When communicating with members of the public or other real estate professionals regarding the real estate business, REALTORS® must identify their professional status as a REALTOR®. When a REALTOR® does not or refuses to identify their professional status, the agent is then breaching the Code of Ethics by conveying inaccurate information.

Homeowners can enroll in a “no-knock” registry, which will protect the homeowner against any door-to-door solicitation. Any homeowner who has already enrolled in the “no-knock registry” prior to the revision will be protected against real estate canvassing as well. REALTORS® already conform to all laws of the land, state real estate law, and state regulatory real estate commission rules and regulations, which include the National Do Not Call, Do Not Fax laws, the CAN-SPAM Act, as well as any law that regulates solicitation.

In addition to the “no-knock” registry, attempting to pressure or influence property owners to sell or lease property by referring to the race, color, sexual orientation, or other protected class is already prohibited under the Federal Fair Housing Act. Attempting to convince someone to sell or lease their property by representing that the presence of persons of any particular race, religion or national origin in the area might lead to lower property values, a change in racial, religious, or ethnic composition of the area, an increase in crime, or decline in the quality of schools is also prohibited under the Federal Fair Housing Act.

If anyone suspects a REALTOR® of violating the revised ordinance or the NAR Code of Ethics, please contact the Ocean County Board of REALTORS® at (732) 244-8111. The office is open from 9am to 4:30pm Mondays through Fridays, and Ombudsman requests can also be done here

Read the ordinance here.

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