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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.”

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