Agent admits to second misconduct charge

Auckland real estate agent Aaron Drever admitted to one misconduct charge relating to three separate complaints last week.  This is the latest charge against Mr Drever whose disciplinary history includes a previous misconduct finding and seven findings of unsatisfactory conduct.

“Mr Drever has the industry’s largest disciplinary history and now has two misconduct decisions and seven unsatisfactory decisions against him” said Kevin Lampen-Smith, the Chief Executive of the Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA).

The latest finding relates to three property transactions and reckless contraventions of the Code of Professional Conduct and Client Care including asking his clients to sign agency agreements without inserting the appraised value, providing copies of the REAA approved guides, explaining in writing how the land would be marketed and advertised, and not providing his clients with an appraisal.  In one instance, when bringing a customer to view his client’s property, Mr Drever said to the client words to the effect of “shut your mouth, don’t say a word, they’re my clients”.

Previous conduct by Mr Drever, for which he has had disciplinary findings, include putting a vendors money at risk by banking their marketing funds directly into his own account rather than the agency’s, putting pressure on a party to sign a variation to a sale and purchase agreement, failing to follow a vendors instructions and pressuring a vendor to withdraw a complaint they had made about him to his agency.

​“Mr Drever’s latest behaviour is a fundamental breach of an agent’s obligations and is not acceptable. While the question of penalty will be one for the Tribunal, the REAA takes this type of conduct seriously and the seriousness of the current charges, combined with Mr Drever’s disciplinary history, means we will be seeking cancellation of Mr Drever’s licence” said Mr Lampen-Smith.

“Our role is to help protect consumers and one of the ways we do this is by holding the industry to account for its actions. We want New Zealanders to have confidence that when it comes time to buy or sell a property they can trust the agent they are dealing with.” 

“We encourage anyone who is about to buy or sell a property to check our Public Register to see if the agent they are dealing with has a disciplinary history (and if they are licenced). This means people can make an informed choice about who they want to work with.  It is also a good idea to understand the buying and selling process and what you can expect from an agent - our buyers and sellers guide [.pdf 1MB] is a great place to start” ended Mr Lampen-Smith.

The Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal will hold a penalty hearing on 21 October 2016 and Mr Drever’s licence will remain voluntarily suspended until then.

Further Information

You can view Mr Drever’s disciplinary history on our decisions database – just enter his name into the search box.

About the Real Estate Agents Authority 

The Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) is the independent government regulatory body for the real estate industry in New Zealand. Our job is to promote a high standard of service and professionalism in the real estate industry and help protect buyers and sellers. We provide information for buyers and sellers, provide advice and guidance for agents and deal with complaints about agents' behaviour.

The REAA is a Crown entity, established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008.