The easy way around this was to give ex-pol agent a deadline and advise we would organize our own quotes if we didn't receive quotes from 'his' builders. This had the desired result, even though initially all we received was one verbal quote from ex-pol agent.
The minute ex-pol mentioned the amount ($2,300), he immediately started the pressure.
The request for pest treatment paperwork really set our ex-pol agent on fire. I could tell he was doing his 'best' smoke and mirrors work. It started with a confused response . . "What pest treatment?" Reminded him. He then recalled our conversation of the week before where he said we would receive warranties of a 'full' treatment. Lovely. Still had to explain to him that warranties of any sort mean paperwork. To me at least.
So . . . the two written building quotes did turn up. Despite sending a detailed list of the items we needed covered, both builders only quoted on three items. We called and spoke to them. What a surprise – they both said the agent was in attendance when they did the quotes and specifically directed them to quote only on three items. We requested updated quotes.
And . . .when we sent through our request for a $10,000 reduction to our offer, the vendors' solicitors expressed complete surprise because they had been advised by ex-pol agent that we would be requesting a $2,000 reduction. He was not only lying to us, but his vendors as well.
My next stop is to call Fair Trading. Here's hoping there's something they can do. In the meantime, be on your guard.
Debra Beck-Mewing is the Founder and CEO of The Property Frontline. She has more than 20 years' experience in buying property Australia-wide, and is skilled in helping buyers use a range of strategies including renovating, granny flats, sub-division and development. Debra is experienced in identifying tailored opportunities, homes and sourcing properties that have multiple uses. She is a Qualified Property Investment Advisor, licensed real estate agent and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business. As a passionate advocate for increasing transparency in the property and wealth industries, Debra is a popular speaker on these topics. She is also an author, podcast host, Editor in Chief of Property Portfolio Magazine and participates on numerous committees including the Property Owners' Association.
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