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  1. Steven
    April 19, 2022 @ 9:27 am

    Helpful warning. Such gotcha clauses should be illegal.


  2. Brian Taylor
    April 19, 2022 @ 9:40 am

    These kinds of practises should outlawed.


  3. Lex
    April 19, 2022 @ 10:38 am

    How great to find a Real Estate Agent who shows sellers what to “look for” when selling a home. But it also shows how many people do NOT read what they are signing. Then the legal dilemma to fix a $ 35,000 mistake. That is a BIG money error. I trust this home-owner appreciates the huge Admin cost and bluff for you to fix their error in extra $$$ for you. given they engaged a Solicitor to draft a Contract of Sale they didn’t think to ask the to check the Selling agreement ?
    But I can relate to older people like my once very smart father making many mistakes in his recent house sale, which I could have protected him from. Pride is a difficult thing.


  4. Gary
    April 19, 2022 @ 8:44 pm

    Thank You Neil,

    Your article PAYING FOR FAILURE, is sure to help many sellers!

    I have passed it on to family and friends.

    Kind regards

    Gary Stevens


  5. Geoff BAKER
    April 20, 2022 @ 12:53 am

    Hello Neil,

    Another insightful article about a real problem in our industry. Something MUST be done about this …as sadly, not enough sellers will have access to your article; and many are just too trusting!

    Fair Trading hold themselves out as the empowered ‘Sheriff’ …it’s time they acted on this almighty con, and removed the opportunity for it to be actioned by dodgy agents! It’s past time for issuing ‘written warnings’ to sellers. It’s high time for some legislation to rid the industry of this disgusting and unacceptable rort.

    Such legislation will, by its introduction, permanently flush some of these low-lifes from the industry.

    Geoff (BAKER)


  6. Ann Barlow
    May 1, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

    It happened to me. First agent said I’d broken the contract; not true. He forgot to put the ad in the paper one week and got the address wrong another time. $500 in ‘threatening’ letter covered in red ink ‘urgent’. Second agent didn’t sell, $1000 charge. I still get emails from him. I’m a widow and $1500 for not selling isn’t peanuts. The home has been improved to suit my needs and I’m staying for as long as possible but at least I do have that choice.


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