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REIA slams St George property report

by Staff Reporter8 minute read
The Adviser

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has hit out at a recent St George property hotspot report stressing that banks should stick to lending and leave property buying advice to estate agents.

“The banks need to be careful what they support because they are regarded as being credible institutions,” REIA president David Airey said.

Mr Airey said that St George, together with its parent Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, account for almost 60 per cent of all lending, highlighting the influence these institutions now have in the market.

“Some buyers might rush in and buy a property on the back of a bank’s advice, without taking into account sound real estate advice.”

Mr Airey said it was ironic that the banks, who were the first to curtail lending and foreclose on mortgages, are now conducting reports on property hotspots.

“I must be out of touch. I thought banks lent money, valuers value and real estate agents market property,” he said.

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