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They're Discussing Hips On Bbc Breakfast

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The BBC Breakfast team have been wheeling out the usual VIs to discuss HIPs this morning, and at approx 9.15am they'll be talking to a government minister on the subject. Lots of anti HIPs e-mails from Joe Public.

Just sent this in:

Dear Breakfast Team,

It's not surprising that Estate Agents are concerned about the introduction of Home Information Packs, they have a vested interest in the buyer achieving the highest possible sale price for their properties. If the HIP reports problems with a property, it will force the seller to either fix it or lower the asking price for their house, thus reducing the Estate Agent's commission.

Anything that helps take some of the heat out of the UK's over-inflated housing market is a good thing.

Kind regards

Mr X-Quork

Get e-mailing!!

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No, they didn't read out my e-mail, but in fairness to them I was a little late in sending it.

The report was reasonably balanced (for the BBC), they interviewed an EA and good ol' Phil Spencer who were obviously opposed to HIPs. Phil even had the gall to accuse the body responsible for over-seeing HIPs (AHIPP - Association Of Home Improvement Pack Providers) of being VIs!! Of course Phil and the EAs don't have any vested interests at all do they? Oh no...

The Minister for Housing, Yvette Cooper, came across very well, and was doing a good job of highlighting the fact that EAs etc are clearly only against the Packs due to their vested interests in remaining with the status quo. She pointed out that the Packs will cost approx £600-£700 and will help FTBs by taking away that initial survey cost. When asked how long the packs would last before having to be replaced, she said that an on-going trial would identify these specifics, but that she thought only some parts of the report would need replacing over a given time frame.

All in all, the Beeb seemed to side with the EA VIs a little, but Yvette Cooper did a good job in defending the scheme.

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