Oven-ready chips? Exchange-ready HIPs!

In an earlier post, I commented that the latest “improvements” to HIPs would not in fact make them more useful. What is needed (IMO) is a cultural change, so that sellers, agents and solicitors accepted that, however badly-thought-out (by civil servants and poloticians) HIPs are, the property professionals can make them work and use them to benefit buyers and sellers If, instead of...
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Uh-oh! Here comes trouble! (With added acronyms)

6 April 2009 is coming – the date from which house (and flat) sellers must have a complete Home Information Pack (HIP) in place before their property can be marketed The HIP must contain – an index an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – or, for newbuilds, a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) – though marketing can start without these documents 14 days after their request if they are not...
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Home Information Packs

Setting to one side (for now) the inept way in which Home Information Packs (HIPs) have been introduced, and assuming (for the sake of this post) that they are, if properly implemented, a Good Thing, the changes that will take effect on 6 April 2009 are likely to have a significant impact for sellers, buyers, estate agents and lawyers. To take a couple of points – 1: The HIP will need to...
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