Real estate agency under review as insolvency firm steps in

first_imgNicolette Van Wijngaarden from Unique Estates, which is being investigated by NSW Fair Trading.Ms Wijngaarden reportedly sent personalised emails to staff advising them that Unique Estates Australia was entering into liquidation and to stop work effective immediately.The email indicated that wages could not be paid, that bank accounts were frozen, there were “no funds” and that a Federal Employer Fund would cover outstanding entitlements.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago UNIT BUYER DROPS $4M IN AN HOUR WHEN YOUR MORTGAGE COULD GO UP FIRST HOME BUYERS TO MAKE A COMEBACK No reason was given for the move, but the agency’s website has been shut down. Ms Wijngaarden did not return The Courier-Mail’s calls.In a statement, a NSW Fair Trading spokeswoman said she was unable to comment as the trader was the subject of an ongoing investigation. This property at 10 Solander Blvd, Port Douglas, is for sale through Unique Estates. This property at 1 Island Point Rd, Port Douglas, is for sale through Unique Estates.Among the luxury properties currently listed for sale through Unique Estates are Villa Hemingway at 1 Island Point Road, Port Douglas, which is on the market for $10.8 million and La Casa Mirasol at 10 Solander Boulevard, Port Douglas, which is listed for $3.5 million. Nicolette Van Wijngaarden from Unique Estates, which is being investigated by NSW Fair Trading.THE future of one of Australia’s top prestige property agencies is in doubt, with an insolvency firm stepping in to manage the business while it is investigated by the trading watchdog.McGrath Nicol has been appointed joint manager of Unique Estates by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE However, a McGrath Nicol spokesman told The Courier-Mail the company was not acting as a liquidator at this stage. Established by Nicolette van Wijngaarden in 2009, Unique Estates has six offices across Australia, including one in Byron Bay and on the Gold Coast, and is well known for selling high end properties and renting out luxury estates. Football star Tim Cahill’s family bought this Byron Bay hinterland property through Unique Estates in 2017.One of Unique Estates’ most recent transactions was the sale of a hobby farm in the Byron Bay hinterland to the family of football star Tim Cahill for $1.7 million in November last year.last_img

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