House hunter slams Melbourne estate agents’ ‘false publicity’ for listing two-bedroom home
Young house hunter calls out ‘cheeky’ real estate agents for advertising $895,000 ‘two-bedroom’ home – but all is not as it seems
- A Melbourne woman has slammed estate agents for their ‘false advertising’
- Lisa Tran noticed that a property advertised as a two-bedroom house only had one
- Officers said the living room or dining room could be converted into a bedroom
- However, both spaces acted as traffic lanes and had open doors
A house hunter has denounced the ‘gross false advertising’ in a property listing for a ‘two-bedroom’ house.
Lisa Tran, who lives in Melbourne, was looking online at a property listed as a two-bedroom home, but on closer inspection noted that buyers would have to convert the open plan living or dining room to get a second bedroom .
In a video posted on TikTok, the tutor went through the floor plan of the $895,000 home and photos showing an established private bedroom as well as a doorless living room and dining room right at the entrance of the house.
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Melbourne house hunter Lisa Tran has called an estate agent for advertising a two-bedroom property when she only appears to have one
“Here we have a house in Abbotsford with two bedrooms, one bathroom or so and at first glance nothing looks suspicious at all,” she said in the now viral clip.
Lisa reviews the cramped layout of the quaint home showing off the small but stylish kitchen and cozy, neat yard which she calls “cute”, but says things are starting to get “suspicious”.
The first buyer notes that the front door opens into the dining room, the kitchen is only accessible through the living room and both have open doors making them unusable as a second bedroom in their current state.
She was looking at a property listed as a two-bedroom home, but on closer inspection buyers would have to convert the living room or dining room to get a second bedroom.
In a video posted to TikTok, Lisa walked through the home’s floor plan and photos showing an established bedroom as well as a doorless living room and dining room at the entrance.
“It’s like this dining room is a second bedroom, but come on, everyone who is going to walk through this house and visit you will have to go through this second bedroom to get into the house,” she said.
“I have to give agents creativity points,” she concluded.
In the property list on realestate.com.au it says the house is “currently set up to include a separate lounge and dining room, the floor plan could be easily adapted to include two bedrooms if desired”.
Listing agents Biggin and Scott Richmond told FEMAIL they were “acting on the instructions of the seller”.
Listing agents Biggin and Scott Richmond told FEMAIL they were ‘acting on the seller’s instructions’
A disclaimer in the property description stated that ‘The information on this property has been provided to us by the owner, although we have no reason to doubt its accuracy, we give no guarantee’.
While many commenters on the clip noticed that the TikToker mixed up the living room and the dining room, others responded by noting that the rooms were still not suitable as bedrooms without major adjustments.
“The first photo you showed for ‘living room’ is probably what’s labeled dining room and so the photos for ‘dining room’ are the living room,” one viewer explained.
“Even then, people would still walk through the second ‘bedroom’ to get to the kitchen,” replied a second.
While many commenters on the clip noticed that the TikToker mixed up the living room and dining room, others noted that the rooms still didn’t fit as bedrooms without major tweaks.
“Reminds me of that Kath and Kim episode where they try to sell their house and Kath throws a bed in the garage to add an extra bedroom,” a third joked.
A firth said: “Becoming very mainstream these days!” All the more reason to learn as much as you can before buying.
Some viewers shared their similar frustrating experiences while looking to rent or buy a home.
“We saw a house like this for rent! The third bedroom was only accessible through someone else’s bedroom! “wrote a woman.
“I see this all the time with doorless studies called a bedroom,” another said.