A Vancouver realtor has been accused of threatening a local businessman after he denounced the realtor for allegedly encouraging a bidding war on a house she was trying to flip for a client.
The story was brought to light by Globe and Mail reporter Kathy Tomlinson.
The ordeal began when the realtor’s assistant allegedly phoned the client, encouraging him to offer $1-million dollars above the asking price of $4.28-million for a west-side house.
That’s when Tomlinson suggested he balked.
“He claims that he told her he objected to this, he felt they were kind of rigging a bidding war here, trading houses like you would trade stocks on the stock market.”
That touched off a heated back-and-forth between the realtor, her assistant, and the client, which Tomlinson says allegedly led to the threats.
“This woman essentially said ‘I have gangster connections in Harbin, you better watch out.’ I’m paraphrasing, we’ve got the exact quote in the newspaper. And then after that he got another call from a man, and we also have that recording, we don’t know who that man is, he was asked repeatedly for his address, and this man said to him, ‘You’ve been alive too long.'”
Tomlinson’s investigation reports the ordeal has since been reported to the real estate industry regulator and police.