Auckland real estate agent apologizes for pledge to raise rates for Covid-19 vaccinated NZ homeowners

Broker under fire for threatening to charge vaccinated homeowners MORE and drop his fee for unvaccinated as part of ‘formal protest’ against Covid shots

  • Auckland broker apologizes for offering discount to unvaccinated clients
  • Tim Webb initially offered to raise his rates for vaccinated homeowners
  • On Tuesday, he apologized via Facebook, claiming he ‘crossed the line’










A New Zealand real estate agent has apologized after threatening price hikes for vaccinated homeowners while offering discounted rates for unvaccinated ones.

Tim Webb, an Auckland real estate agent, posted on his Facebook on Thursday as part of a “formal protest” claiming he would raise his rates for vaccinated clients.

He described himself as an “agent of change” and said his fees would increase from two percent to four percent for buyers who received the Covid-19 jab.

Auckland real estate agent Tim Webb (pictured) has apologized for offering unvaccinated homeowners a discount on his rates while increasing them for vaccinated clients

In a deleted Facebook post (pictured), Mr Webb wrote that he would increase his rates for vaccinated customers by two percent

In a deleted Facebook post (pictured), Mr Webb wrote that he would increase his rates for vaccinated customers by two percent

“Effective immediately: As a formal protest, my usual 2% fee for real estate sales is no longer valid,” he wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post.

“For vaccinated homeowners, my rate is now 4%, for unvaccinated homeowners, my rate 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 Kiwis on social media, who believed the discount was part of a “highly exploitable marketing gimmick.”

But the broker has backtracked on his stance and apologized on Tuesday by saying that he has “crossed the line” and is withdrawing his offer.

“I love my country and the people who make it the best country in the world. No BS (sic), I would die today for any of you if I knew the divisions that divide our country would end tomorrow. I want peace,” he wrote.

That said, I am removing the offer and position I took yesterday because I am making the situation worse, rather than acknowledging, accepting and embracing the disharmony and disagreement among us. We need love, not war.’

New Zealand has achieved 85 percent coverage of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, with 67 percent of the population receiving a double shot

New Zealand has achieved 85 percent coverage of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, with 67 percent of the population receiving a double shot

“My apologies to all of you. And I mean ALL of you. I crossed the line yesterday and that is unacceptable to me, as it is to many of you,” he added.

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) chief executive Jen Baird told Newshub it continues to advise its members to follow government guidelines when protecting employees and customers.

“Like all businesses in New Zealand, real estate companies are working on their health and safety risk assessments, taking into account the views of their teams and the perspectives of their clients, and will make informed decisions about vaccinations in their workplace.”

The post comes as New Zealand achieves 85 percent first dose coverage with 67 percent of residents double vaccinated on Tuesday.

Auckland has reached the milestone of 89 percent of the first dose and 72 percent of the population is now double-shot.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Webb for comment.

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