PHOTO: CAMERON BURNELL/STUFF Phorina Tsai and Fergus Mao say the dream home they bought turned out to be a leaky home, triggering a long, stressful, and costly nightmare.

An estate agent who sold her own leaky building as a wow-factor dream home has been slapped with hefty fines.

Upper Hutt ratepayers are also in for a $72,000 bill after its council signed off on the leaky Clouston Park home – though it is understood every party to the Weathertight Homes Tribunal determination is now set to appeal.

All up, the buyers of the leaky home will be awarded almost half a million dollars after a trail of deceit and shoddy work left them with a home where the only wow factor is how damp it is.