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3 August 2008

Estate agents not commissioning Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Estate agents not commissioning Hips
Last week saw the first anniversary of Home Information Packs (Hips) and a survey by YouGov found that the majority of people still believe they are a waste of time. It is now been discovered by the Law Society that some estate agents ...

1 August 2008

Hips still ‘a waste of time’ one year on

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips still ‘a waste of time’ one year on
On the first anniversary of Home Information Packs (Hips), the majority of people still believe they are a waste of time, according to a survey by YouGov. The survey which was commissioned by Leeds Legal, an alliance of ...

18 June 2008

Report calls for regulated estate agencies

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by Lin Freestone

Report calls for regulated estate agencies
Sir Bryan Carsberg, a distinguished academic and businessman and former head of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), considers that estate agents, letting agents and managing agents who handle residential property should be subjected to formal regulation. He has prepared a report ...

17 June 2008

Hips still subject to criticism but look set to continue

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips still subject to criticism but look set to continue
Home Information Packs (Hips) were introduced to speed up the home buying and selling process as well as providing consumers with a faster and more cost effective service. However, they have been subject to heavy criticism since ...

16 May 2008

Hips are effective according to Connells

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips are effective according to Connells
Home Information Packs (Hips) were introduced to speed up the home buying and selling process as well as providing consumers with a faster and more cost effective service. However, they have been subject to heavy criticism since they were introduced. Hips ...

9 May 2008

Last phase of Hips delayed

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by Kay Mitchell

Last phase of Hips delayed
The final phase of Home Information Packs (Hips) has been delayed by the Government until the end of the year. The plan was for the final phase to be implemented on 1 June but this now means that homeowners in England and Wales ...


Joint venture allows automated system for producing Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Joint venture allows automated system for producing Hips
Hammonds Direct, a provider of conveyancing services, has teamed up with Skywire Software and has implemented a new automated system for producing Home Information Packs (Hips). The new system uses Documanage (the robust workflow and content management component of Docuflex) ...

20 March 2008

Home Information Packs subject to criticism again

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by Kay Mitchell

Home Information Packs subject to criticism again
Home information packs (Hips) are subject to heavy criticism again as they have now been branded the 'worst piece of consumer legislation in 50 years'. Hips were introduced to speed up the home buying and selling process as well as ...

19 March 2008

Estate agent complaints rise due to introduction of Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

Estate agent complaints rise due to introduction of Hips
During 2007, there was a significant rise in complaints about estate agents. Figures from the Ombudsman for Estate Agents (OEA) said 870 complaints were received last year. A report shows a rise of 45% compared with the number ...

11 March 2008

Hips not achieving what they set out to do

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips not achieving what they set out to do
Estate agent, Hamptons International, has said that Home Information Packs (Hips) are not achieving what they set out to do nor are they enhancing the UK property market. Hips were introduced to speed up the home buying and selling ...

7 March 2008

60% of homebuyers never see a Home Information Pack

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by Kay Mitchell

60% of homebuyers never see a Home Information Pack
Home Information Packs (Hips) have been subject to heavy criticism since they were introduced last summer but a survey has revealed that 60% of purchasers were never shown a Hip on a property they were about to purchase. ...

29 February 2008

Hips will emphasise dangerous asbestos problems

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by Kay Mitchell

Hips will emphasise dangerous asbestos problems
The controversial and much talked about Home Information Packs (Hips) will now help to highlight problems with asbestos before a house purchase is finalised, according to the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC). The NHIC believes that problems with asbestos can be discovered ...

5 February 2008

Home condition reports improves buyers confidence

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by Kay Mitchell

Home condition reports improves buyers confidence
According to the National Association of Registered Home Inspectors (NARHI), vendors should commission a home condition report (HCR) in order to boost buyers' confidence. A Home Condition Report is designed to be a 'mid-range' survey, similar to the current Homebuyer Survey ...

31 January 2008

Scottish equivalent of Home Information Packs gains approval

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by Kay Mitchell

Scottish equivalent of Home Information Packs gains approval
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have supported proposals to launch a single survey system for Scottish house sales. The Scottish Government explained that the move will make the property market fairer and more efficient. The new scheme will be ...

29 January 2008

Campaigners request to continue Hips concession

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by Kay Mitchell

Campaigners request to continue Hips concession
Home Information Packs (Hips) were launched on August 1 to include properties with 4-bedrooms or more and rolled-out to include 3-bedroom properties on September 10. They were then extended to included all properties on December 14. They were introduced to speed up ...

4 January 2008

MPs criticise Government over Hips delay

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by Kay Mitchell

MPs criticise Government over Hips delay
Home Information Packs (Hips) were launched on August 1 to include properties with 4-bedrooms or more and rolled-out to include 3-bedroom properties on September 10. They were then extended to included all properties on December 14. However, they have been continuously subject ...

20 December 2007

Attack on Hips by the NAEA

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by Kay Mitchell

Attack on Hips by the NAEA
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has called government research into the launch of Home Information Packs (Hips) into question. Last month, the government issued a report by Dr Peter Williams of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU) ...

18 December 2007

House prices affected by Hips

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by Kay Mitchell

House prices affected by Hips
Property website, Rightmove, have claimed that property prices have fallen by 3.2% over the past month as sellers made cuts to beat a Home Information Pack (Hip) deadline. Rightmove said the full roll-out of Hips, implemented last week, has had an affect ...

6 December 2007

Launch date for Home Information Packs is imminent

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by Kay Mitchell

Launch date for Home Information Packs is imminent
Home Information Packs (Hips) are to be extended to include all properties from next week so selling your is going to get far more complicated. Hips were launched on August 1 to include properties with 4-bedrooms or more and ...

27 November 2007

Flats to be hit by Hips rollout

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by Kay Mitchell

Flats to be hit by Hips rollout
Last week saw the announcement from the Government that Home Information Packs (Hips) are to be extended to include all properties from December 14 but the move was criticised by many and said could be harmful to first-time buyers. The Royal ...