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Home packs take a month to compile

Home Information Packs, which the Government claimed would speed up house selling, are taking longer than a month to put together, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

Pack providers and estate agents said the Government's claims that the information would take only a week to produce do not match up with reality.


HIPs distort housing market

The controversial home information pack (HIP) scheme continues to distort the housing market, a property price index shows.

The average asking price in England and Wales rose 2.7 percent in the past month, reversing the previous month's 2.6 percent fall as owners rushed to sell up ahead of the roll-out of HIPs, according to property Web site Rightmove.co.uk.



Yorkshire Energy Assessors Launch New Service

Lane Energy Assessors, a Yorkshire based family partnership offering HIPS and energy inspections, have just launched a new floor plan service, so buyers can visualise how their new home is laid out. Robert Lane, one of the founding partners of Lane Energy Assessors based in Yorkshire, said it was a logical service to start offering alongside their EPC energy inspections because from the beginning of next year HIPs need to be delivered rather than just ordered before a property can be put on the market and remove the need for a dedicated floor plan company. Mr Lane goes on to say that the partners expect it to be well received by estate agents.

HIPs blamed for 37pc fall in the number of family homes up for sale

Home Information Packs are being blamed for a 37-per-cent fall in the number of family homes coming on to the market. The HIPs became compulsory for homes with three bedrooms a month ago and for those with four or more in August.


Conveyancing Marketing Services Launch DEA and HCR Service

Conveyancing Marketing Services (CMS) have been pleased at the number of DEAs who have contacted us as a result of our listing on HIH. As a result we have set up a nationwide panel of DEAs and Home Inspectors to carry out EPCs and HCRs for our nationwide panel of solicitors. Anyone wishing to register their company should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Would-be new buyers turn backs on market

The housing market slowdown is deepening, with prospective homebuyers abandoning the market at the fastest rate in over four years, new figures show.

House prices have fallen for the second month running and the market is showing worrying signs of a downturn, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It says the number of new buyers is falling at the fastest rate since early 2003.


Tories promise to scrap Hips

A Conservative government would scrap home information packs and reward social housing tenants for good behaviour, the party's conference in Blackpool was told today.


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