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A new corruption probe linked to Trump is a scathing indictment of the US real-estate industry (Quartz)

The Treasury says 30 percent of buyers involved in deals since Geographic Targeting Orders were established last year have been deemed suspicious in previous reports. By the time their names are revealed, such buyers have already parked their money, says Shruti Shah, vice president of the Coalition for Integrity, a transparency NGO. “The transaction is already done,” she says. Instead, she argues that real-estate brokers should have to do their due diligence before the purchase is made. “The sad part is this can be done without legislation; it can be done through rule-making by the Treasury,” she says. Read more

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