Worst realtor ever used. Met realtor at an open house I was interested in. He called after unsuccessful offer to purchase, notifying me that another unit in same complex came available but is in bad shape. He said that it's a great deal and if you renovate, then will look same as the unsuccessful purchase. He confirmed that he was able to obtain a verbal authorization from the strata council woman that the renos I wanted to do did not require a written authorization throughout the process. I purchased this home, hired the contractor he suggested and recommended and started the renos. I kept asking to ensure he received the verbal authorizations and he said yes as the council woman is a long time client of his and she's been advised what I wanted to do and i did not require strata's authorization as she is on the council and she said it's ok. Kept telling me that he's read the strata bylaws and what I wanted to do is authorized and he's been in the business for 35 years and therefore, I know what I'm doing because I read the bylaws many times, is what was advised many times over. Well, as it turns out, after my renovations were completed, I received a letter from the strata manager that the renovations completed is against bylaws due to no written authorization upfront. I mentioned the strata council woman's name and that my realtor on numerous occasions that an authorization was given. Then, the strata manager refused my explanation and wanted photos of the renos, and when I refused due to invasion of my privacy, it escalated to "the notice" which meant that they are forcing me to provide photos or in suite inspection. After receiving the email from the strata manager, I contacted this realtor immediately that he needed to fix this. He took his time and did not want to "involve" this council woman who gave the verbal authorizations. Well, it turned out he didn't get her authorization and/or she refused. After many conversations, I contacted his boss, and she advised me to do one thing, and when I contacted this realtor again as he left me several messages to call, he says, oh no, she, his manager said this. Totally opposite of what this manager advised me earlier. At the same conversation, he admits to lying and withholding information and about the upfront authorization he didnt obtain. He didn't get this authorization. I highly doubt he even asked this council woman. He told me this to get a sale. Not sure if he's been in the business for 35 years as obviously if he can't read or understand the strata bylaws. After all this, I read through the lengthy bylaws myself and guess what? You need a written upfront authorization for renos. What's worse is that he blames me for his error because he wants someone to blame for his error and negligence. I advised him that he is the professional that should have carefully read and advised me correctly without withholding information. I advised him that if renos were not possible, then I would have never purchased the unit or have it renovated. With all this, I don't think he feels that he did anything wrong. DO NOT USE THIS REALTOR. He will say one thing but do another or just plain lie to your face. He likes to blame his clients for his blatant negligence if something goes wrong because he needs to make himself feel better. This is the type of realtor who will say and do anything to sell you a home. He is also someone who makes realtors have a bad name. I am now stuck with dealing with this strata manager singling me out about providing photos and advising her of my right to privacy and unlawful request to enter my home for an inspection.

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Feb 2020
Apr 29, 2020 19:26

YJ