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Bundy Harcourts hits another snag

A WEEK after the departure of former chief executive officer Ben Gough, Harcourts Bundaberg has hit another bump in the road with news that one of its agents has been operating without a licence.

A spokesperson for the Office of Fair Trading confirmed yesterday that Kristy Lee Law was not licensed and has not held a licence this year.

“She is not currently listed as being registered,” the spokesperson said.

“Her license expired in 2008.”

Ms Law listed herself as an “exclusive agent” on properties for sale as recently as last month, with her contact details listed on properties for sale on October 3 in the NewsMail's Property Week real estate guide.

The NewsMail understands she is currently filling an administrative role while she renews her licence.

According to the Office of Fair Trading, which issues real estate agent licences, people who “advertise, place signs or conduct open inspections on properties for sale or rent” should hold a licence.

“Generally speaking, if someone is purporting to be a real estate agent, they should be licensed,” an Office of Fair Trading spokesman said.

The spokesman asked anyone who has concerns about breaches of the Fair Trading act to telephone the Office of Fair Trading hotline on 13 13 04.

Ms Law was contacted by the NewsMail yesterday, but said she was not selling homes.

She refused to comment further, and did not return further telephone calls from the NewsMail.

A spokeswoman for Harcourts Queensland said the company had no comment.

It is believed Harcourts Bundaberg is in the process of a take-over, after Harcourts Queensland terminated its franchise agreement with Mr Gough last week, following allegations of unethical conduct.

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