Black Lives Matter signs removed, Denver home seller fired

August 20, 2020 GMT

DENVER (AP) — A longtime realtor in Colorado has been fired for reportedly removing Black Lives Matter signs in a neighborhood where she sells homes, company officials said.

RE/MAX Alliance Owner Chad Ochsner confirmed that Denice Reich was terminated Aug. 3, KUSA-TV reported. Reich worked for the real estate agency since 1973, specializing in luxury homes.

Ochsner said there were multiple posts on the Hilltop neighborhood’s NextDoor, a social media platform for homeowners and residents, which accused Reich of removing the signs from the Denver homes.

“We’re not a company that can condone trespassing on people’s private property and theft,” Ochsner said. “For us, it doesn’t matter what the politics is.”

When reached by the television station, Reich said “you distort the news, I can’t talk to people who distort the news.” She later hung up.

Reich was not immediately available for comment Wednesday after multiple calls and a voicemail were left by The Associated Press to a phone number listed on a previous home listing of hers.

“We had a long-standing relationship with her as a prominent” real estate agent, Ochsner said. Her bio has since been removed from RE/MAX’s website.

Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood is known for its million-dollar homes east of Cherry Creek.


This story has been corrected to show that Ochsner confirmed the firing to KUSA-TV, not NextDoor.