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Do not forget house buying hidden prices

This year's survey of the costs of moving home, compiled by the Woolwich, will confirm what home buyers already suspect: it has become a seriously expensive business.


Home Information Packs

New government legislation means that house sellers will have to produce information packs for buyers.

The government is concerned that many house purchases fall through because of the time it takes to get to completion. Where there is a chain of buyers and sellers, just one person pulling out can ruin a whole series of purchases, costing all those involved money, time and patience.


Today in Parliament

Home information packs

Tory Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater) called for the government's home information packs scheme to be scrapped. He said the scheme, under which sellers would have to provide information including a home condition report when marketing their property, would waste tens of millions of pounds but would create big VAT returns for the Treasury. His housing act (amendment) bill gained its first reading but stands no chance of becoming law.

Read more: HIPS

One thousand pound HIPS will put off sellers

Tentative first time sellers will suffer most with the introduction of HIPs, says NAEA

Struggling first time sellers are likely to be hit the hardest by Government plans to introduce Home Information Packs (HIPs) to the housing market in June 2007, according to research by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)..


Kirstie and Phil say 'scrap Home Information Packs'

Television presenters Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer today threw their weight behind a campaign calling for the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPs) to be scrapped.


HIP guide for Estate Agents

With the recent Government announcement and subsequent trade advertising estate agents can expect the sales and marketing activity for HIP providers to rise and rise. Almost every week sees a new company enter the market and the market leading provider Live welcomes the competition.


VAT on house sales packs will net £111m

Families will be hit by a £111 million stealth tax from next year when they try to sell their homes, the Conservatives have warned.

Regulations introduced by John Prescott mean that from 2007 anyone putting their house on the market will be required to produce a home information pack containing all the relevant documents about their property.


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