Board records three new cases of bogus agents
The Real Estate Agents Licensing Board (REALB) has recorded three new cases of bogus real estate agents operating in Lautoka through social media.
REALB Chairman and Managing Director of South Pacific Property Consulting Services Pte Limited Abdul Hassan said the cases were reported to REALB by members of the public who attended the roadshow yesterday at the Sugar City Mall in Lautoka.
“This morning (yesterday) information was provided to us that three people in Lautoka were illegally operating without any real estate licence,” he said.
“We will contact the property owners once we have enough information then will pass it to the Police.”
Mr Hassan said these three cases were in addition to previously reported cases which were pending.
The board has also received cases of insurance officers posing as real estate agents. “We expect more cases to be reported during this three-day roadshow in the Western Division, but we already have 20 bogus real estate agent cases pending all over Fiji,” he said.
“We have given that information to police and they are working on it now. “There was also a report about insurance officers advising the public that they will arrange for a client to buy properties while also collecting a commission from the public, so that is why we have the Consumer Council here with us at this roadshow.”
He advised members of the public to ask for identification cards from real estate agents before engaging with them any further.
“REALB has a website with registered real estate agents, so the public can always cross check with that. If someone is selling property in Lautoka, then they can go through the list and look for that agency,” Mr Hassan said
“The risk is that some people do not understand the difference between real estate agents and bogus agents, so when these people approach the public they end up paying deposits and it’s very hard to recover their money and REALB will not be able to do much because they have not gone through our system.”
Members of the public were urged to contact REALB offices if they had queries of any nature regarding property sales.