More estate agents sought buyers’ financial data for viewings

DNG, Sherry FitzGerald, Lisney, Nolan Properties and Kelly & Co are among those who have sought detailed information in a practice described as ‘unwarranted and intrusive’

Several pieces of correspondence, seen by this newspaper, that were sent to potential purchasers by estate agents show buyers were being regularly required to hand over detailed financial information in order to view a property. Picture: Getty

A series of Irish estate agents have been asking prospective buyers to hand over detailed financial data before letting them view homes in recent months, the Business Post can reveal.

The practice caused controversy last week after it was shown that Savills required prospective buyers to provide proof of funds and disclose gifts from family members before they could view the properties in the new Somerton project in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Following the revelations, first ...