The federal government admits to allowing foreign investors to purchase Australian property, which has priced many first-home buyers out of the market.

A recent crackdown comes in response to growing claims real estate prices have been forced higher by wealthy Asian families, especially from China and South Korea, buying up property and out-bidding local residents at auctions.

The tightening of foreign investment rules require temporary residents to be screened and get permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board to buy a property, sell their property when they leave Australia and build on vacant land within 24 months, or else sell.

The laws will be backed by new punitive measures including: making it easier to fine vendors and real estate agents; confiscating capital gains; expanded data-matching to improve monitoring and increased enforcement; and a dob-in-style 1800 free hotline for people with suspicions.

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