7 February 2013

Namibia: Beware of Fake Estate Agents

THE Association of Estates Agents in Namibia (AEAN) has warned potential house buyers and lessees to be on the lookout for people pretending to be estate agents.

AEAN president Dederick Jankowitz issued the warning in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday in response to earlier media reports of a man in Windhoek who pretended to be an estate agent to try and take advantage of someone who had been looking for a property to rent.

"It is a pity that this happened, but anyone looking for a house must ask for the estate agent's identity card to make sure he or she is doing business with the right business person," Jankowitz said.

He explained that all estate agents are supposed to acquire an identity card from the Namibia Estate Agents Board on a yearly basis.

Richael Slinger of the Namibia Estate Agents Board said all estate agents are required to apply for identity cards, provided that they are in possession of fidelity certificates which are acquired after the completion of their training.

The estate agents are then required to carry these identity cards containing their names and the company they work for while involved in the sale or purchase of a property.

The identity card has to be renewed every year at a fee of N$700.

AEAN was previously known as the Institute of Estate Agents.

The association aims to protect the public against possible misconduct by estate agents and represents all registered estate agents in Namibia as a professional body of knowledge, advice and support.


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