Spot the signs before you get stung

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) is warning consumers about the risks of property investment spruikers as interest rates hit record lows.

PIPA Chairman Peter Koulizos said a confluence of factors was likely to reignite spruiker activity in property markets in the months ahead, which had the potential to financially devastate the unwary.

"Interest rates are rock bottom, lending is loosening up, plus first home buyers have been given a helping hand from the government deposit guarantee," he said.

"While all of these are much-needed good news for the property sector, they also create the ideal conditions for unscrupulous operators to potentially entrap novice buyers and investors."

Mr Koulizos said spruikers were increasingly cunning when it came to convincing buyers about investment "opportunities".

However, there are a number of tell-tale signs that never change and are strong indicators that someone is about to get stung by a property spruiker.

PIPA's six signs you're about to be stung are:

  1. Not disclosing kickbacks or commissions
  2. Using pressure tactics
  3. Offering discounts for signing contracts immediately
  4. Free seminars that come with hard sells
  5. Not following the same investment strategy
  6. Cut and run approach

PIPA has developed codes of ethics and conduct, which all of its members voluntarily agree to abide with.

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