Real estate agent is under fire for threatening to charge vaccinated homeowners MORE and drop his fee for the unvaccinated as part of a ‘formal protest’ against Covid jabs
- Auckland real estate agent apologises for offering unvaccinated clients discount
- Tim Webb initially offered to increase his rates for vaccinated homeowners
- On Tuesday he issued an apology via Facebook claiming he ‘crossed the line’
A New Zealand real estate agent has issued an apology after threatening price hikes for vaccinated homeowners while offering discounted rates for the unvaccinated.
Tim Webb, an Auckland real estate agent, posted to his Facebook on Thursday as part of a ‘formal protest’ claiming he would increase his rates for vaccinated clients.
Describing himself as an ‘agent of change’, he said his fees would jump from two per cent to four per cent for buyers who have received the Covid-19 jab.
Auckland real estate agent Tim Webb (pictured) has apologised for offering unvaccinated homeowners a discount on his rates while increasing them for vaccinated clients
In a deleted Facebook post (pictured) Mr Webb wrote he would increase his rates by two per cent for vaccinated clients
‘Effective immediately: As a formal protest, my usual fee of 2% for selling real estate is no longer valid,’ he wrote in a since deleted Facebook post.
‘For vaccinated homeowners my fee is now 4%, for unvaccinated homeowners my fee is now 1.8%. Both fees attract the standard 15% GST. I am the agent of change.’
The post was widely shared and ridiculed by Kiwi’s on social media who thought the discount was part of a ‘highly exploitable marketing gimmick’.
But the real estate agent has backtracked on his stance, issuing an apology on Tuesday saying he ‘crossed the line’ and is retracting his offer.
‘I love my country and the people who make it the best country in the world. No BS (sic), I would die for each of you today, if I knew the division that separates our country ended tomorrow. I want peace,’ he wrote.
‘With that said, I’m removing the offer and stand I took yesterday because I’m aggravating the situation, rather acknowledging, accepting and embracing the disharmony and discord amongst us. We need love, not war.’
New Zealand has reached 85 per cent first dose coverage of the Covid-19 vaccine with 67 per cent of its population double jabbed
‘I apologise to you all. And I mean ALL of you. I crossed the line yesterday and that’s unacceptable to me, as it was for many of you,’ he added.
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) chief executive Jen Baird told Newshub it continues to advise its members follow Government guidelines when to keep employees and clients safe.
‘Like all businesses across New Zealand, real estate firms are working through their health and safety risk assessments, considering the views of their teams and the perspectives of their customers and will make informed decisions about vaccinations in their workplaces.’
The post comes as New Zealand reaches 85 per cent first dose coverage with 67 per cent of residents double vaccinated on Tuesday.
Auckland has reached its 89 per cent first dose milestone with 72 per cent of its population now double jabbed.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Webb for comment.