John Sorbera is the most unethical, dishonest Real Estate agent who has recently been written up and warned by the Real Estate Council of Ontario. He has been fined $5, 000.00 by the RECO board for unethical and dishonest business practices which in no way deters this maggot from continuing his practice of lies and B.S.
I unfortunately happen to be a victim of Mr. Sorbera. I am a home renovator who purchased a few properties from Mr. Sorbera. I got to know this man quite quickly over a short period of time and had given him my trust as one would in a business situation when you rely on the "professionals" you think your working with.
Mr. Sorbera approached me to assist another renovator. Mr Sorbera wanted me to advance him $10, 000.00. Mr Sorbera was initially told 'no' that I would not be able to loan someone money that I did not know. Mr. Sorbera persisted to the point of telling me he would cover any loss and that he himself would advance the money which would mean cashing some investments. The 'loan' was suppose to be for (3) weeks. Mr Sorbera vouched for the "friend/client" making claims he had properties listed with him and knew the gentleman so well and for a number of years.
At the time the money was advanced a payback cheque was issued (post dated of course). The money was supposed to be used for the man own renovation which he was working on. Mr Sorbera verified the man owned the home he was renovating.
Needless to say the payback cheque bounced! I contacted Mr Sorbera who informed me it was no problem and not to worry. Well this went on for months still giving Mr Sorbera the benefit of the doubt. I still offered Mr Sorbera listings on homes figuring that the money would be paid back soon.
After about (6) months I started to look into the matter more. The man who was loaned the money which was orchistrated, arranged and secured by Mr. Sorbera was not well known to him at all. In fact the guy was and is a complete broken down owning NO real estate whatsoever. In fact he didn't even own the home he was renovating as Mr Sorbera indicated to me.
He did not own large plots of land in Toronto as Mr Sorbera indicated this was all a lie. When I urged Mr. Sorbera to come clean on the matter he admitted (only after being backed into a corner) that he didn't even know where the man lived or his home phone number. All he had was a pager number for him.
I hired a lawyer in Toronto and low and behold he was familiar with Mr. Sorbera referring to him as the maggot agent as though he was well known as a scammer. Well he was and is. Mr Sorbera will never change. But the story gets better. The $10K that was loaned out was not even used for the reno property in question. In fact it was used for a down payment on a completely seperate property Mr Sorbera had listed. Mr Sorbera had no problem ethically deceiving me and chancing the money on some long shot in which the gentleman could not even get financing for.
I contacted Deborah Bain of Remax Hallmark Realty (Queen St. /Beeches) who did absolutely nothing even though they promised they would do the "right thing" and resolve the matter. After several letters and follow up calls they simply got rid of Mr Sorbera who then went to work for David Ferrari at Remax Realty Enterprises in Mississauga.
Mr Sorbera has been issued several warnings for his conduct by the RECO board of Ontario as wel as a $5, 000.00 for selling his own home and not disclosing that information as well as additional false information Mr Sorbera lied to the client about. Mr Sorbera was issues another written warnign for this incident as well. Unfortunately he still holds a licence. You certainly have to be careful when dealing with these folks. This is generally a fall back career in which just about anyone qualifies for even criminals like Mr Sorbera. There is very little ethics, morals or professionalism in the offices Mr Sorbera seeks employment at.
His present employer David Ferrari of Remax Realty Enterprises in Mississauga clearly condones Mr Sorbera's behaviour and simply only looks at the bottom line with no care as to how it is achieved. It's unfortunate as there are many agents who take the job serious and understand the definition of INTEGRITY. Mr Sorbera has been also fined and had action taken against him by Canada Revenue Agency for trying to scam them as well out of money he did not declare nor pay taxes on. This piece of garbage will rip off anyone he can take advantage of.
Seriously consider purchasing through another agent and certainly DO NOt list with this maggot. You will be misled and lied to if it gains Mr Sorbera an extra nickel in his pocket.
The compaints on Mr Sorbera are now with the Consumer Affairs agency and the Ombudsmen Officials for the Real Estate Council of Ontario. He has been reported to the BBB, the internet (such as this) as well as follow ups to the RECO board as he certainly has not been dealt with in a manner which has had any affect on the way he does business. John Sorbera is an agent in real estate of the worst kind. STAY AWAY he will burn you the moment your back is turned and clearly individuals such as Deborah Bain and David Ferrari condone and accept such behaviour.