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Conveyancing Guide: Simples!

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Day 31 of everything you need to know about buying and selling a house or a flat in 31 daily bite-sized chunks

Local Authority Searches: The Lowdown

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Day 21 of everything you need to know about buying and selling a house or a flat in 31 daily bite-sized chunks

Conveyancing:Frequently Asked Questions

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Day 17 of everything you need to know about buying and selling a house or a flat in 31 daily bite-sized chunks

Were HIPs Ever Replaced?

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Day 5 of everything you need to know about buying and selling a house or a flat in 31 daily bite-sized chunks

Conveyancing Reform: Law Society Awake as HIPs Pass Away

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With the immediate suspension of Hips being “so last month”, the Law Society has reiterated its desire to continue with reform in the Conveyancing process. The Law Society has said reform of the house selling process is essential to meet the...

EPCs Survive the HIP Cull: But What are the New EPC Regulations?

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The new Coalition Government suspended HIPs on the 21st May. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) part of the old HIP Regulations is still retained albeit slightly tweaked, as, European legislation still requires some form of Energy Assessment for all...

Hoorays for HIP Demise; but No Pickup in New Instructions for Estate Agents

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The immediate suspension of HIPS by the new Coalition Government on 21st May has been met by and large with approval by Conveyancing Solicitors, Estate Agents and Surveyors alike. It was much trumpeted by Estate Agents that, once HIPS were out of the way...

HIP RIP: FREE EPC

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There is now just one surviving component of the erstwhile HIP; the Energy Performance Certificate or inglamoursly the EPC To further alleviate the pain, if you are bored or excited with the World Cup we have a special offer running for the length of the...

The End of HIPs: Where Are We Now?

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Cast your minds back to 1996 BC ( Before Coalition) and a singular Labour MP got mightily angry about being gazumped on a property because of the delay in achieving an early exchange of contracts. His solution: more information available about the property...

Choosing A Conveyacing Solicitor: Don't Let Your Estate Agent Bully You!

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If your Estate Agent demands you must use “their lawyers” as your Conveyancing Solicitor for the Conveyancing on your home: Don’t be bullied A few examples of such practices have been highlighted recently, where Sellers and Buyers have...

15 Hot Top Tips for a Happy House Move

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If you are thinking of moving home after the faux excitement of the general election is out of the way, here is a free download entitled 15 Hot Tips for a Happy House Move from the Clutton Cox Conveyancing section of our website. The new Clutton Cox ...

The Problems With Home Information Packs(HIPs): Intention, Reality and Solutions.

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A Guest Blog by Rob Hailstone of the Bold Group Recent HIP Survey Results I have had just under 200 responses to a recent Hip survey. Of those who responded, 40% were solicitors or licensed conveyancers, 26% were estate agents and 34% were...

HIPs Caught in Renewed "Shappnel" Fire

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 The Home Information Pack, the HIP, is sustaining incoming fire once again from the Shadow Housing spokesman Grant Shapps: This, despite only a passing reference in the Conservative Manifesto to abolishing HIPs. An unseemly row is developing between...

HIPs, Wastes Wasters.

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A national HIP provider, myhomemove, has given credence to a little reported fact regarding HIPs. This effect of HIPs was also highlighted in a post on this my ActionMove website back in July 2009 entitled “Have HIPs inadvertently Stabilised...

Why Estate Agents need to be More Picky about the PIQ in the HIP

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Home Information Packs (HIPs) were highlighted again on 7th January with a warning issued to Estate Agents by the Housing Minister John Healy in response to a question in parliament by MP Robert Neill Under the amended HIP regulations which were...

HIP to RIP in 100 Days

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The beleaguered Home Information Pack (HIP) was in the Conservative cross-hairs once again last week. Grant Schapps the Conservative Shadow Housing Minister commented at an industry conference last week, that if the Conservatives were elected at the next...

31 Daily Bite-Sized Chunks Blog

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Everythiing you Need to Know About Buying and Selling A Property in England and Wales-in 31 Daily Bite-Sized Chunks

HIPs are History: Tory Shadow Minister in Syntax Shock

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What are we to make of Grant Shapps comments on HIPs at the Tory Conference last week in Manchester, when he said “HIPs are history, under the next Conservative Government”. With a dodgy grammatical style, perhaps no promotion for Mr. Shapps to...

HIPs get a HIP, but not quite a HIP HIP Hooray

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The timing of the release of the results, this week, of an Ipsos MORI poll, commissioned by the Association of Home Pack Providers (AHIPP) with the Conservative Party Conference, may be coincidental. The fact that AHIPP is also exhibiting at...

Gazumping and HIPs: A Delicious Irony?

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If you take yourself back to heady days of 1997, you may recall the tale of a Labour M.P., who was so appalled by being gazumped on his proposed house purchase, he called for a reform in the Conveyancing and home selling process. Thus, was first mooted the...

Happy 2nd Birthday HIPs, but where is the cake?

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I have just posted an article on the ActionMove website entitled Happy Birthday Home InformationPacks:HIP HIP Hooray?. The article deals with the impact of Home Information Packs,or as they are now universally known, HIPs , on the Housing Market and...

Have HIPs Inadvertently Stabilised the Housing Market in the UK?

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There was an interesting discussion on BBC 5Live business this morning regarding the state of the housing market Prior to the introduction of  Home Information Packs (HIPs), a proportion of the properties on the market for sale were by Sellers who...

What Do the Lib Dems think about HIPs?

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Well, a good pointer was included in the latest edition of Property in Practice magazine from the Law Society Property Section It included extracts from an interview with  Vince Cable MP the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable is...

When you Don't Like the Results of a HIP Poll-Just Scrap It!

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This would appear to be what the well known anti HIP campaign SPLINTA did yesterday according to a news release on the Estate Agent Today website. It possibly never occurred to the SPLINTA founder Nick Salmon that pro HIP enthusiasts would seek to...

Law Society warns on the true cost of HIPS

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Law Society President Paul Marsh has entered the fray in the debate over the true cost of Home Information Packs or more commonly known as HIPS . He has warned that some Estate Agents are receiving secret payments from HIP companies for the provision...

New HIP Rules in force today

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From today Monday the 6th April, new Rules apply when you put your property on the market for sale. There are 3 main rule changes: 1. A new form called Property Information Questionnaire must be included. This provides information such as Council Tax...

Will the end of first day marketing also signal the end of "Cheap as Chips" HIPs

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From the 6th April 2009, you will no longer be able to market your property for sale without a Home Information Pack in place. This overturns the previous concession whereby you were only required to place an order for your HIP before marketing your home...

HIPs Are No More

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HIPs Are No More

The End of HIPS

Paul Hajek
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In my articles in the computer press recently, an element of confusion has arisen.I would like to post the following erratum. Please replace the words " Home Information Packs (HIPs)", with "Host Intrusion Prevention Software (HIPS)"-...

Will the Conservatives really put the knife into Hips

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The Conservative shadow Housing Minister has reiterated recently in a letter to the Law Society Gazette of its determination to rid our land of the contentious HIPs( Home Information Packs). Yet it is unlikely that a general election will be called before...

5 Top Tips When Choosing Your HIP

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  When you decide to put your property on the market for sale in England and Wales, you must now have in place or have ordered a Home Information Pack (HIP). Here is some guidance on what you should be considering before commissioning the HIP from...

Taking Pounds off your HIPs; Why a Personal Search Diet in your Home Information Pack can be a False Economy

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A recent investigation by Birmingham Trading Standards Office into Home Information Packs (HIPs) has illuminated an alarming series of errors. The investigation centred on the provision of what are called Personal Searches. These searches are carried out...

HIPs Are Here To Stay - but they have to Improve

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Margaret Beckett the Housing Minister said as much in giving evidence about the effectiveness of Home Information Packs this week to the local government select committee. The Minister commented "I think that given their limitations they have some...