Two real estate saleswomen face sanction

Two city real estate saleswomen were penalized by their licensing body after it found they broke rules in two unrelated cases.

The more serious matter heard by the Real Estate Council of B.C. involves Gina Drobot, who no longer holds a licence. It barred her from practising for five years after findings of deceptive dealing and incompetence.

The ruling came after Drobot was involved in a property sale. The council said she created an amendment to the May 2007, deal which indicated a modified sale price of $405,000 plus GST.

In fact, the buyers didn't agree to that amount but had signed a deal for $420,500, including GST. She purported to have witnessed the buyers' signatures on the document when they did not sign.

She was found to have committed three instances of deceptive dealing in the transaction, as well as incompetence for failing to ensure the $405,000 sale price was clearly set out in the contract.

She is barred from practice until August 2015, and must pay more than $13,000 in fines and costs.

In a second, unrelated, decision the council found another city realtor broke rules around disclosure. Marguerite (Maggie) Schmaltz is suspended 21 days, until Oct. 5 and must pay $2,000 in costs.

The council found she failed to disclose to buyers that the seller had grown marijuana plants outside the house. The lack of information denied the buyers the chance to ask whether marijuana had also been grown inside. She also failed to make further inquiries about the marijuana grow after being told by the seller about the outside plants.

Schmaltz was also ordered to complete a remedial course on trading services.

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