13 Victorian estate agents facing underquoting prosecution

13 Victorian estate agents facing underquoting prosecution
13 Victorian estate agents facing underquoting prosecution

Twenty formal warnings have been issued to Victorian estate agents as a result of a recent review, with 13 continuing investigations into underquoting at agencies across the state currently underway.

Consumer Affairs Victoria is determined to level the playing field for Victorian home buyers,” Consumer Affairs Victoria director Simon Cohen said.

Victoria has seen court action with agency Hocking Stuart last month ordered to pay $330,000 for “serious” underquoting.

Legislation has been passed by the Victorian Parliament that will force agents to give greater context around how they reached an estimated sale price, including using at least three comparable sales as a reference point for advertising the estimated price.

A survey by Consumer Affairs Victoria as part of its 12-month review into real estate agent underquoting found a quarter of the properties sold for between 10 and 20 percent more than their advertised estimated price.

Taskforce Vesta reviewed 200 Victorian properties from first listing to sale over the past year, and 63 percent of them sold for above the estimated price.

Some 30 percent of properties sold for between 0.1 and 10% above the estimated price; 26 percent sold for between 10.1 and 19.9 percent above the estimated price; and 7 percent sold for 20 percent or more above the estimated price.

The findings led the consumer watchdog to review 1400 files at 34 real estate agents across the state, SmartCompany reported.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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