Fiji Sun - - NATION - Inoke Rabonu Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Real Es­tate agents will now be mar­ket­ing and sell­ing high end res­i­den­tial lots and civic and com­mer­cial lots on be­half of the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity of Fiji.

The au­thor­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Robert Sen, said 12 agents had been se­lected through a thor­ough process to carry out this work.

The agents would work on sell­ing 12 com­mer­cial and 12 high end res­i­den­tial lots from var­i­ous sub-di­vi­sions in the coun­try.

“Twelve agents were se­lected through the process and they are ded­i­cated and pro­fes­sional in ap­proach, which pro­vide a first-hand in­for­ma­tion on avail­able lots,” Mr Sen said.

“The au­thor­ity wishes to clar­ify that this, in no way, de­vi­ates from the au­thor­ity’s main ob­jec­tive which is to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing to low and mid­dle in­come earn­ers,” he said.

Mr Sen said the au­thor­ity be­lieved that real es­tate agents were pro­fes­sion­als in their work with a big­ger client base in sell­ing res­i­den­tial lots.

“There are cri­te­ria to be met for those will­ing to pur­chase these lots,” he said.

“For high end lots, the cri­te­ria is you need to be a first time home buyer and you need to be a res­i­dent of Fiji. And for res­i­den­tial lots it is the same where you need to be a ci­ti­zen of Fiji.

“The price varies from $70,000 to $150,000 and also on lo­cal­ity and other fea­tures of the lot.”

He said the move would in­cur no cost on the au­thor­ity be­cause none of their staff mem­bers or re­sources were be­ing en­gaged.

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