Chris Parsons

Real estate agent sends warning letter to 300 homes regarding new housing block for the homeless

PHOTO: Real estate agent Chris Parsons has apologised after spamming households with a warning about a new development to house homeless people in Mandurah, WA

  • Chris Parsons said the development would affect local property prices
  •  Block to house up to 100 homeless and ‘socially disadvantaged’ residents
  •  Parsons had to write an apology letter follow up after outraged complaints
  •  Employer said Parsons was ‘flying solo’ but had not meant any offence
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A real estate agent has spammed 300 households with a letter warning them their property values would plunge when a public housing block was built nearby.

Harcourts salesman Chris Parsons claimed many of his clients in Mandurah, south of Perth, planned to sell up rather than have 100 ‘socially disadvantaged’ new neighbours.

Mr Parsons said he and other residents were concerned about the $28.1 million development’s ‘obvious effect on property values’.

The document, bearing the Harcourts Mandurah letterhead, asked if the home owner had been informed of the new building in their suburb.

Real estate agent spams households with offensive warning about new development to house homeless and 'socially disadvantaged' people

Real estate agent spams households with offensive warning about new development to house homeless and ‘socially disadvantaged’ people

‘I am writing to you directly due to your close proximity to the upcoming development of a 50-apartment complex that will house up to 100 homeless and ‘socially disadvantaged’ residents,’ the letter sent on Monday began.

‘Many of my previous clients have already come to me with intentions to move out of the area after hearing of what is coming.

‘I personally live in and own a home close to this planned development and have my own concerns, including the obvious effect on property values.’

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