Ley's real estate agent: 'I had never spoken to them before'
SHE'S the woman who sold the most talked about apartment in recent Australian political history and former Gold Coast realtor Anna Marie Jones has backed everything embattled Health Minister Sussan Ley has said about the $795,000 impulse buy.
"I ran the auction campaign myself I never got a phone call, never got an email from them," Ms Jones said of the apartment sale to Ms Ley and her partner Graham Johnston on May 9, 2015.
"I had no idea who she was, I just knew that they arrived late at the auction and it's my job to ensure there are as many bidders as possible for my client's property so I registered them late.
"I had never spoken to them before or seen before."
When asked whether it was unusual for a person to make such a substantial purchase with such short notice Ms Jones said it was typical of the Gold Coast market.
"It's not unusual at all. Everyone gets excited about the Gold Coast from down south and often they come in and buy a property and then back out of it," she said.
Ms Jones was also asked about any potential links between Ms Ley and the apartment's original owner Martin Henry Corkery, a Queensland man who donated $50,000 to the Queensland Liberal National Party in 2011.
"He certainly never brought me any potential buyers - I got them through the marketing campaign and that's just the way it is I do the marketing and I find the buyers," she said.
"And believe me he would have wanted so I doubt he would have been saying come and get my property for a steal."
Ms Jones, who is originally from Texas and has since left the Gold Coast and moved south to Newcastle said most real estate agents would not be taken aback by the spontaneous nature of the purchase.
"It is not unusual for people to buy a property spontaneously I have had plenty of people do it and then they have buyer remorse and you can back out of it - and a lot of people do," she said.
"I never met them prior to the auction, never saw them before, didn't know she was the Minister for Health - I know that sounds ignorant but it's true.
"I think 99.9 per cent of real estate agents would know exactly what they're talking about."
Ms Jones said she has since taken a break from the real estate game but is hoping to get back into it in the near future.