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Exclusive Brentwood Community Bans For Sale Signs

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The upscale amenities, privacy and 24-hour security are all features that attract home owners to the exclusive Governors Club in Brentwood.

Realtor Laura Baugh has four listings in the gated community. New rules could make selling these homes more difficult.

"By restricting the access to the public to enter the community to attend an open house, we also restrict their ability to learn about the community," Baugh explained. "So it makes our job as realtors a little bit harder."

The homeowners association put an end to open houses for the public and now those "for sale" signs in front yards have been uprooted too.

"It doesn't really concern me," said realtor Teresa Bishop.

Realtor Teresa Bishop says the decision was about protecting homeowners.

"They don't necessarily want people to drive around and just kind of gaze at the houses," she said. "It's meant for the homeowners to feel safe and secure that they're not going to get a lot of extra traffic."

Now realtors have to accompany potential buyers and show their business card at the gate before being granted access to look at the homes.

"People find it on the internet and they call me," Bishop said. "I arrange a time to meet with them and show them the property."

Other gated communities may restrict the size or style of the signage, but not necessarily limit access to potential buyers

"I understand and respect their right to privacy," Baugh added. "But I do think it's a little too restrictive."

For some that may be part of the appeal.

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