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Romancing their way into property sales

Real estate agents in Japan has come-up with a very unusual way of getting prospective buyers to take the next step and sign on the dotted line - now they are facing legal action.

A group of Japanese singletons claim that they were tricked into buying property by agents who feigned a romantic interest in them, once the deal was done the agents quickly stopped the relationship and moved on.

The group consists of two men and ten women, all aged in their thirties or early forties. Now they have launched legal action against 14 firms, including property agencies and loan companies, demanding a total of 200 million yen (R21.1m) in compensation.

The lawyers for the group of scorned romantics say that they were approached by the agents through online dating sites, they proceeded to talk them into buying at least one condominium, with an average price tag of 26 million yen (R2.7m).

Once contracts were signed, the estate agent skipped out of the relationship. 


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