Daniel Gonzalez, Top 100 REB Perth estate agent charged with stealing competitor's open home sign

Staff reporterJune 16, 20200 min read

A Perth real estate agent, Daniel Gonzalez, founder of Realty Lane, who sells northern beachfront mansions, has been charged with stealing a rival's open home signs.

Police confirmed to the West Australian newspaper that the 41-year-old agent was charged with stealing five open home signs in Sorrento in February and in North Beach in May.

He faced court last week.

Realty Lane founder Daniel Gonzalez stands charged with stealing home open signs set up by Ben Rudgeley — who once worked for Gonzales, but is now at Noble Avenue Real Estate.

Gonzalez was recognised in industry awards for selling more property by value than any other agent in 2018, his second year in the industry, selling 119 homes worth $132 million.

He was recognised as WA’s new leading agent on ranking 31st in Australia and 1st for WA for 2019 in the top 100 REB agent list.

His company recently expanded the business into Dalkeith.

The agency initially focused on the upmarket northern coastal areas of Trigg, North Beach, Marmion and Karrinyup.

He had started his own estate agency in 2017 with no prior experience.

He is featured in a real estate training video on YouTube called “Rockstar to million dollar real estate agent in two years.”

In the video, he expresses a spiritual take on sales, referencing a “real estate mother earth” who “keeps an eye on everything.”

He once described himself as “a hippie in a real estate costume.”

He appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court last week.

Police advised the five counts of stealing home open signs were in Sorrento on February 23 and in North Beach on May 9 this year.

He has not entered a plea.

The case was adjourned until next month for legal advice, including what the signs might be worth.

Prosecutors have amended the value at $200 each initially but that was downsized to $20 each.

The police are looking for recompense for two of the signs — as the other three had been recovered.



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