Monday, Dec 21, 2009

The start of the HIP U-Turn ?

HIP Consultant: Conservatives to consult on Home Information Packs (HIPs)

Is this the start of the Conservative U turn on HIPs. It does seem as their policy of scrapping HIPs has big pitfalls and we could see thew property market stall again. Interesting to read they are now saying it will go to consultation.

Posted by kaz @ 12:57 PM (1531 views)
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1. mark wadsworth said...

Whatever the merits or otherwise of HIPs, they are an EU-imposed thing.

Monday, December 21, 2009 01:04PM Report Comment
 

2. jack c said...

From memory, I thought it was the energy performance certificate bit that came from EU and the UK Government decided to wrap it in with a HIP for cost reasons - but I stand to be corrected on this.

Monday, December 21, 2009 01:22PM Report Comment
 

3. shipbuilder said...

I have never understood the amount of talk about HIPs. The idea that they have any affect whatsoever on the housing market is laughable. Who cares?

Monday, December 21, 2009 02:05PM Report Comment
 

4. mark wadsworth said...

JackC, agreed, only part of it is EU-imposed and the rest is typical UK gold plating.

Monday, December 21, 2009 02:29PM Report Comment
 

5. crunchy said...

3. shipbuilder

Isn't HIPS to save our carbon attacked planet? I'm getting very confused here about objectives.

Monday, December 21, 2009 02:49PM Report Comment
 

6. jack c said...

mark wadsworth - the price of Gold is on the rise and hence the gold plating you mention now makes the HIP worth something - Labour party ideas always "add value" (LOL)

shipbuilder - I actually think HIP's have had some affect in so much as they have made people think twice or more about whether to market their property or not - in the past people would take a chance on selling because there was usually no real cost for doing so. You would be surprised how many people will flap about the price of a HIP (roughly £250) as part of the selling process and pay much less attention to the other part of the process ie the over-inflated purchase price.

Monday, December 21, 2009 02:55PM Report Comment
 

7. crunchy said...

I see jobs for hips and jobs for climate change. I get it now, more non jobs for Great Britains highly industrious economy.

The New Era.

Monday, December 21, 2009 03:04PM Report Comment
 

8. Phil S said...

HIPs are a waste of time and should go. They do not provide you with the two most needed things when buying a house - a survey & valuation.

All they do is create non-jobs so the sooner they go the better!!

Monday, December 21, 2009 03:35PM Report Comment
 

9. enuii said...

According to my Gran, once you've had a hip done it needs replacing every 10 years or so cos they can wear out.

Monday, December 21, 2009 04:50PM Report Comment
 

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