SIGN OF TIMES: Real estate agent Mark Kinneally is upset by the Cancelled signs placed over his house auction sign in Bangalo
SIGN OF TIMES: Real estate agent Mark Kinneally is upset by the Cancelled signs placed over his house auction sign in Bangalo

Sabotage knocks home auction off foundations

By MARY MANN

LENNOX HEAD real estate agent Mark Kinneally fears someone is out to get him after signs advertising a Bangalow home up for auction were sabotaged.

The culprit stuck 'Cancelled' stickers on the two Lois Buckett Real Estate signs outside the Keith Street property, which was expected to sell at a hometown-based auction last Friday.

However, the stickers gave the impression the house had been withdrawn from the auction, with at least one potential buyer not bothering to turn up and leaving connections stranded 'high and dry'.

The Keith Street property was the only one listed for the auction on the day and the owner, who has contacted police, did not wish to be named and was too distressed to speak to The Northern Star.

Mr Kinneally said the incident had potentially cost the owner $3000 in advertising fees.

"If someone has done this as a joke it's really not funny. It has hurt someone financially and frustrated a lot of people," he said.

Mr Kinneally is not pointing the finger at any culprits, and is hopeful someone can come forward with information. The three-bedroom home at 3 Keith Street is still on the market and an open house will be held on Saturday, from midday to 12.30pm.

Byron Bay police are taking information about the incident on 66859 499, or call Mark Kinneally on 0429 868 001.



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