THE PRIVATE SALE COMPANY
A sale is a sale and business is business.
When I decided to sell my property I listed with the Private Sale Company as their fees were small compared with a major real estate company. My brother had just sold his property with them and was very happy.
Andrew Gray and Duncan McGregor came to my house where we discussed price, advertising, signage and fees. I was told I could either pay an upfront fee of $1200 or a fee of $2400 on successful completion of sale.
The upfront fee was out of the question for me as I had no funds available.
They explained to me that should I decide to take the property off the market, then all I needed to do was ring them and they would come and remove the sign, and if I decided to re-list there would be a $40 fee to put the property back on the Internet.
After several ads, which I paid for, there was little or no interest in my house; we then tried an open home which attracted 4 or 5 people, but they were not serious buyers.
I decided to take my property off the market and I advised Andrew Gray.
Around a month later my mother rang and said that her and my father had decided to purchase my property. They were doing it purely for me so I could move and they had to borrow to buy it and also use all the money they had in their bank account which left them financially strapped.
When the Private Sale Company still had not been to remove the for sale sign I rang them again to ask that it be removed. Andrew Gray asked me if I had sold the property and when I replied yes my parents are going to buy it, he seemed pleased.
A few days later the sign was removed and an account for $2,400 was placed in my letterbox.
I immediately rang him to ask why. He became very aggressive and said, “Well you signed the listing agreement which gives us the right to claim our fee if the property is sold. This agreement is valid for 12 months.”
They have forwarded their account to a collection agency and I have also received a magistrates court claim.
I do not have the funds available to pay this fee. I feel I have been taken advantage of by the Private Sale Company. The listing agreement was not explained to me fully.
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