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Buyers ignoring Home Information Packs

Nine out of 10 house buyers are ignoring the Government's Home Information Packs when they are shown properties for sale.

A survey of prospective buyers at 230 estate agencies found that only 10 per cent of them asked to see the HIP for a property in which they expressed an interest.


No Free HIPS

Like lunches there is no such thing as a free HIP. Some Estate agents are offering free home information pack but often they will simply increase their commission to pay for the HIP or make you agree to a lengthy tie in. You are much better off sourcing your own HIP and negotiating a lower commission.


Poor EPC ''unlikely to deter buyers''

Potential buyers are unlikely to be put off purchasing a property even if it scores a poor grade on its energy performance certificate (EPC), it has been suggested.


Government puts a spin on HIPS

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) claimns that a communication sent by the DCLG (department of Communities and Local Government) on home information packs completely lacks substance and misleads. The e-mails stated that the implementation of HIPs has been smooth and the mentioned the good feedback from agents and consumers without any supporting evidence. According to the NAEA the situation being reported by estate agents is the complete opposite.


Energy Rating Top Tips for Home Sellers

Improve the saleability of your property by improving its energy rating using these top tips provided by the ultimate home information pack (HIP) resource - hipCENTRAL (www.hipcentral.co.uk).

Hips to become frustrating

According to Knight Frank Winchester Home information packs (Hips) will begin to antagonise sellers next year once they have to be in possession of a completed info pack before marketing their property.


Minister heckled at HIPs conference

The parliamentary under secretary of state for housing and planning, Iain Wright MP, has been heckled at a conference hosted by the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP).


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