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March 14, 2011

London & South East drive February house price rise

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by Gill Montia

London & South East drive February house price rise
February saw house prices rise by 0.3% in England and Wales (to an average £222,456) with prices bolstered by strong demand in London and the South-East. According to the latest LSL/Acadametrics house price index, the value of the typical ...

December 17, 2010

PCCB suspends registration of Search Pack UK

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by Brian Turner

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) today announced that it has suspended the registration of Ms K & Mrs J Burridge t/a Search Pack UK and Epcworx (also/previously known as Fasthipsuk also trading as Southwest Energy Assessors, Hipsearchuk and Myhipsearchuk) after it failed to meet the Board’s compliance requirements and ...

May 31, 2010

Rightmove reports surge in new listings

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by Kay Mitchell

Rightmove reports surge in new listings
The scrapping of Home Information Packs (Hips) has resulted in a rise in the number of properties coming onto the market, according to property website Rightmove. The coalition Government scrapped Hips earlier this month, describing them as “pointless red-tape” which have been ...

May 20, 2010

Hips to be scrapped with immediate effect

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips to be scrapped with immediate effect
The coalition Government has announced it has scrapped Home Information Packs (Hips) with immediate effect. According to Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, this “pointless red-tape” has been “strangling the housing market”. "By suspending home information packs today, it means that home sellers will ...

May 14, 2010

New Government confirms abolishment of Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

New Government confirms abolishment of Hips
The new coalition Government has confirmed that it is proposing to scrap the Home Information Pack (Hip), while retaining the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is required under European law. For many months now, the Conservative party pledged to scrap the packs ...

May 5, 2010

Connells: Housing market activity continues to rise

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by Kay Mitchell

Connells: Housing market activity continues to rise
There have been many reports recently suggesting that the ongoing uncertainty about the economy and the forthcoming general election continues to have an impact on consumer confidence and, as a result, housing market activity is expected to remain subdued in ...

April 21, 2010

Misunderstood HIP research causes a flurry

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by Gill Montia

Misunderstood HIP research causes a flurry
Ipsos MORI is keen to clarify any misunderstandings about research it conducted for the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP). The results of a survey that took place last year prompted AHIPP to release a story to the press this month, ...

April 13, 2010

AHIPP urges Tories to re-consider abolishing Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

AHIPP urges Tories to re-consider abolishing Hips
As part of the Conservative‘s party election manifesto, Shadow Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has reiterated the party’s pledge to abolish Home Information Packs (Hips) if it is successful in the forthcoming general election. Hips were introduced in August 2007 and, according ...

April 6, 2010

Research claims Hips are not detrimental to housing market

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by Kay Mitchell

Research claims Hips are not detrimental to housing market
Home Information Packs (Hips), which have been criticised since their inception in August 2007, are not having a negative impact on the housing market, according to new research. The claim comes just a couple of months after the Association ...

March 12, 2010

Research finds 30% providing unsatisfactory Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Research finds 30% providing unsatisfactory Hips
The controversial Home Information Packs (Hips) have hit the headlines again this week after research found that 70% (26 Hips in total) were rated satisfactory or reasonably satisfactory, while 30% (11 Hips) rated unsatisfactory when measured against Hip regulations. The research conducted ...

February 8, 2010

AHIPP claims Hips are benefiting housing market

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by Kay Mitchell

AHIPP claims Hips are benefiting housing market
The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has today claimed that Home Information Packs (Hips) are benefiting the housing market. According to the Government, Hips were introduced to speed up the home buying and selling process. However, the controversial packs have ...

November 24, 2009

Tories pledge to abolish Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Tories pledge to abolish Hips
If the Conservative party wins the next general election, it has pledged to scrap Home Information Packs (Hips). Speaking to The Times newspaper, Grant Shapps, shadow housing minister, said his party would abolish the controversial packs “in a matter of weeks” after coming ...

September 22, 2009

Promise Home Packs ceases trading

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by Kay Mitchell

Promise Home Packs ceases trading
Promise Home Packs, which was last month named as one of the cheapest Home Information Pack (Hip) provider, has ceased trading. The firm blamed market uncertainty for the demise and comes after last month’s report titled ‘Be aware of cheap, budget HIP & ...

August 19, 2009

Estate agents continue to profit from Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Estate agents continue to profit from Hips
Consumer magazine Which? Money is urging homebuyers to shop around for Home Information Packs (Hips) after it was revealed that a pack can cost twice as much through an estate agent rather than buying from a specialist provider. Hips were introduced ...

May 19, 2009

Estate Agents profiting from controversial Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Estate Agents profiting from controversial Hips
The controversial Home Information Packs (Hips) have hit the headlines again but this time with a report that indicates that estate agents are receiving commission from providers. Hips have long been branded “a waste of time” by critics since their inception in ...

April 6, 2009

Changes to Hips come into force today

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by Kay Mitchell

Changes to Hips come into force today
The controversial Home Information Pack (Hip) is subject to changes from today. The packs, which have been branded “a waste of time” by critics, now have to be put in place before a property is put up for sale. In the past, ...

December 12, 2008

CoPSO welcomes extension of HIPs regulations

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by Lin Freestone

CoPSO welcomes extension of HIPs regulations
The government’s decision to extend the transitional arrangements for Home Information Packs (HIPs) has been welcomed by the Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO). Margaret Beckett delivered a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons on 8 December proposing ...

October 29, 2008

Hips continue to be subject to criticism

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips continue to be subject to criticism
Margaret Beckett, the newly-appointed housing minister, has acknowledged that Home Information Packs (Hips) are still not achieving what they set out to do. Hips were introduced to speed up the home buying and selling process as well as providing consumers with ...

September 14, 2008

Government announces changes to Hips as housing market continues to slow

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by Kay Mitchell

Government announces changes to Hips as housing market continues to slow
The controversial Home Information Packs have long been the subject of criticism since they were introduced over a year ago and have been branded a waste of time, according to a recent survey by YouGov. Last ...

August 26, 2008

Hips review needed as housing market continues to slow

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips review needed as housing market continues to slow
Estate agents are urging the Government to review Home Information Packs (Hips) in an effort to help the struggling housing market. Hips have long been the subject of criticism since they were introduced over a year ago and have ...