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Concerns raised over poor Hip awareness

Easier2move has revealed an improving but still disappointing awareness of home information packs among estate agents.

With eight months to the launch of Hips, the conveyancer’s Hip Awareness index shows that 19 per cent of estate agents are still unable to describe what a Hip is with some degree of accuracy, compared with 11 per cent in September.

Following the Government’s U-turn on the home condition reports in July, most respondents (63 per cent) did not know whether the HCR will be made mandatory in the future. Some 15 per cent think that it may be bought in again next year, after HIPs have had a trial period, and 3 per cent think it may follow the next election. However, 19 per cent do not think the HCR will ever become a mandatory part of the pack.

Easier2move marketing director Karen Babington says: “The results show that awareness amongst estate agents is not as high as we might have hoped as June 2007 grows ever closer. Unfortunately, a number of estate agents have not made significant progress in training their sales team.”


Government urged to reform benefits system to prevent repossessions

The Council of Mortgage Lenders had today urged the Government to help reduce arrears and repossessions by reforming the benefits system to help those in trouble.In its pre-Budget report, the trade body calls on the Government to increasethe £100,000 maximum mortgage sum eligible for income support for mortgage interest. This threshold has not been increased […]

Katz throws doubt on non-advised sales

There is no such thing as a non-advised direct sale of protection insurance, according to Norwest Consultants principal Harry Katz.Money Marketing reported recently that the Financial Ombudsman Service believes a nod could be construed as advice during the non-advised sale of a protection product. Katz says this confirms that non-advised sales do not exist unless […]

Signs of life in dna analysis

A city analyst has accused consultant Ned Cazalet of exaggerating the level of churning in financial services, arguing that persistency problems lie primarily with life products rather than pensions.

Family fortunes

Increasing pressures on the middle generations to support their children into their 20s while providing for their parents in old age mean we must begin to think in terms of family finance rather than personal finance, says Engage Mutual Assurance chief executive Andrew Haigh

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