The practice of peppering neighborhoods with signs and fliers advertising the services of real estate investors is widespread in some parts of Cincinnati.
So widespread that City Council, reacting to numerous complaints, last September banned the fliers from public utility poles.
The city ordinance hasn't stopped the practice, however, and a newsletter last year of the 700-member Real Estate Investors Association of Cincinnati included an article on ways to distribute fliers to an even wider audience.
"We all know that fliers are working. Here is how to squeeze a little more from fliers," an investor wrote in a column. "Have a kid or two hand out fliers to people who are going into landlord/tenant court.
"Since we are talking about courts, how about handing out those fliers to people who are going into bankruptcy court. Can we find some good deals in bankruptcy court?"
Steve Schmid, president of the investors group, says the article doesn't mean his group endorses the activity.
"We haven't taken any political stand on it," Schmid says. "We're not in the habit of screening what people say" in the newsletter.
Schmid says real estate investors aren't alone in posting signs or distributing fliers in neighborhoods, however. He notes that health and car insurers advertise that way, too.
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