Grant call ig­nored

The Weekend Post - - Business -

REAL es­tate body REIQ has ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in the State Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to not broaden the first-home buyer grant to in­clude es­tab­lished homes. REIQ chief ex­ec­u­tive Antonia Mer­corella said the Gov­ern­ment was not lis­ten­ing to the needs of re­gional Queens­lan­ders. “We al­ways wel­come mea­sures that help first-home buy­ers get into the mar­ket,” she said. “How­ever, our con­cern is for the long-term im­pact and the big­ger pic­ture in re­gional Queens­land.” REIQ’s lob­by­ing ef­forts had been sup­ported by The Far North Queens­land Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils.

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