3 Aug 2006

Fiji Consumer Council worried by rising complaints about real estate agents

9:45 am on 3 August 2006

The Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned about the increasing number of real estate-related complaints it has received.

Its Chief executive, Premila Kumar told the Fiji Times that the council was renewing a calls for consumers to exercise diligence when choosing a real estate agent.

Ms Kumar says the council identified some agents who had cheated clients of thousands of dollars but failed to render their services as promised.

She says in one case, the buyer cancelled his sale and purchase agreement and was expecting a refund but the real estate agent deferred his refund and impersonated his business partner when Consumer Council officers visited his office.

And, she says in a separate case, a property that did not exist was sold to a buyer.

Premila Kumar says such incidents could be avoided if consumers knew the real estate agent.