OFT crackdown on Underquoting

Discussion in 'Property Investment - Other' started by Jacque, 20th Nov, 2012.

  1. Jacque

    Jacque Buyers Agent and Bookworm

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    One of our BA's bid at an Inner West property on Saturday and noted a larger than usual crowd... wonder if it was the crackdown team from OFT?

    http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estat...swoop-on-weekend-auctions-20121116-29hd8.html

    About time there was some activity here- underquoting is still more than "sporadic" here in Sydney, with those that do it giving those that don't a bad rap and name in the industry. One of my pet hates is the ambiguous usage of the + symbol.... the only way the OFT can (and does) act, however, is by increasing complaints from consumers, so next time it happens to you- feel free to dob in the agency involved. This practice clearly needs to be cleaned up.

    f you have been underquoted in the process of buying or looking to buy, then write to the OFT - nothing is likely to change until more selling agents are fined.

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  2. dubjohnston

    dubjohnston Banking & Insurance Man

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    I totally agree. Don't feel bad dobbing them in. The Melbourne RE advertising market is a joke. You might as well add a freakin naught to the value.. its a joke.. Everytime I have bought is SA, the advertised price is pretty much within the range..
     
  3. Burramys

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    Since underquoting laws were introduced in Victoria a few years ago, very few prosecutions have taken place. If underquoting can work elsewhere, as appears to be the case in SA, then it can work here – if the law is enforced. That said, it can be mighty hard to estimate an EPR. I saw a ground floor flat of three bedrooms that had been fully renovated just before sale go for about $550 000. Six weeks later a two bedroom flat in the same stairwell, first floor, no reno, good view of the rubbish bins, sold for nearly $700 000, way over the market, with two idiot bidders suffering from a rush of blood to their heads. This property is now worth about $600-650 000.