Australia: Real Estate Agent Sells Wrong House to Homeowner; Agency John O'Neil & Son Also to Blame

By Giuliano De Leon

May 02, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

A real estate agent in Australia sold the wrong house to a homeowner, putting the company he works for in serious trouble. Due to this serious issue, real estate Agency John O'Neal & Son is accused of breaching the law. 

Australia: Real Estate Agent Sells Wrong House To Homeowner! Agency John O'Neil & Son Also To Blame
A real estate sign is seen at a property in Croydon Park on September 06, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. A rise in cost of living and increased mortgage rates are putting pressure on the Australian housing market, with prices predicted to continue to fall sharply over the coming year.
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Australia: Real Estate Agent Sells Wrong House to Homeowner

According to Perth Now's latest report, the error made by John O'Neal & Son's real estate agent was identified after the homeowner received a call regarding her first homeowner's grant application.

She was shocked to learn that she had been sold the wrong property. She confirmed this after a call informing her that her application's lot number didn't match the official records.

Authorities said that the Australian real estate agency failed to notice that the lot number on the purchased certificate of title didn't match the lot on the planned property.

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Real Estate Agency Faces $7000 Fine

Because of the mistake in house sale, the Australian real estate agency was fined $7,000. The State Administrative Tribunal said John O'Neal & Son broke the Real Estate and Business Agents and Sales Representatives Code of Conduct.

SAT explained that this is because the real estate agency failed to exercise diligence, due care, and skill in preparing a sales agreement.

"Mistakes of this nature are unacceptable and represent major breaches of the laws that are designed to protect both buyers and sellers of real estate in WA," said Consumer Protection Commissioner Trish Blake via The Australian.

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