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No excuse for no licence

12 July 2017

A Sunshine Coast woman was fined $3,200 and disqualified from working in the real estate industry for three years by the Caloundra Magistrates Court yesterday (11 July 2017) for acting as an unregistered real estate salesperson, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.

The Court heard Narelle Joy Quinn began working in an administrative role at a Beerwah real estate agency in August 2015. In March 2016 she told her employers she had obtained a real estate salesperson certificate.

Ms Quinn then began working as a real estate salesperson in the agency, performing duties such as liaising with property owners, producing advertising flyers and comparative market analysis reports, conducting open home inspections, and drafting and signing sales documentation.

During a routine OFT spot check, Ms Quinn provided a falsified real estate salesperson certificate to an OFT inspector.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said this case was a timely reminder for real estate businesses and principals to double check their employees held a current salesperson certificate or real estate licence.

“The OFT website includes a free search where anyone, including employers, can check whether a person’s salesperson certificate or real estate licence is current,” Mr Bauer said.

“Real estate professionals hold a position of trust and work with large sums of money, so it is essential they are appropriately licensed or certified.

“The OFT will continue to investigate and take action against anyone who acts as a real estate agent without the appropriate licence or certificate.”

Real estate salespeople, agents and consumers may report suspected misconduct to the OFT at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 74 68.

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