PHOTO: Corinna Mansell – Remax New Zealand
It’s not just another leaky home story.
This time, there’s a $500,000 lawsuit against a builder, a building inspector and a real estate agency boss. There are three senior real estate agents up before a disciplinary tribunal. A ‘secret witness’ nobody would name. And a very upset pensioner who lost her life savings when she bought a house nobody wants from the boss of one of our biggest real estate agencies.
The boss of the New Zealand arm of the world’s biggest real estate agency decides to sell her rental property in Hamilton. Nothing special.
Except that simple sale has turned into a fierce courtroom battle which sees Remax’s general manager effectively at war with her Waikato franchisee, each accusing the other of lying. Both of them before the real estate agency’s disciplinary tribunal, which relied on the testimony of a secret witness whom nobody can identify and the tribunal refused to name. The 70-year-old buyer of the house is suing not just the Remax boss and a building inspector who both told her the house was fine, but also a builder who previously worked on it.
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