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Fri 14 May 2010

Increase in House Prices but First Time Buyers Continue to Struggle

 

The official Government’s measure shows that overall house prices have risen by 0. 7 per cent in March which means they have increased over five consecutive months.

 

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Thu 13 May 2010

Grant Shapps gets Housing!

Grant Shapps MP has been appointed as the Housing Minister in the Coalition Government.  Read more on PublicPropertyUK.  As the Conservative Shadow Housing Minister he often vocalised his opposition to the Home Information Pack (HIPs) and is expected to bring forward the legislation required to abolish HIPs in this Parliament or soon after.

What he does with the EPC is anyone's guess, but it is going to be retained by the Government.  So will it still be mandatory, and if so isn't it just HIP Light!?

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Thu 13 May 2010

HIP to RIP ?

With the new coalition beginning to find its sea legs, the future of the Home Information Pack is looking increasingly bleak.   Though the government has several major issues to focus on, it appears that a Tory promise will be firmly fulfilled in this area.

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Wed 12 May 2010

Things are looking up for Borrowers in the Property Market

The 2009 Annual Report for the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) was published last week. It signals hope for lenders and borrowers in the current climate. On the back of the elections and the disarray the election results caused, this is indeed welcome news. The report says that although the property market is still a bit rocky things are improving.

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Government Announce End of HIPs. EPC to Stay!

Wed 12 May 2010

Government Announce End of HIPs. EPC to Stay!

The new Conservative Liberal Democrat Coalition Government has announced their intention to abolish the HIP.  The Coalition Agreement released 12th May 2010, simply states in section 11 (interestingly the Environment section); 

The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to fulfil our joint ambitions for a low carbon and eco-friendly economy, including: 

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Tue 11 May 2010

Will the EPC be abolished?

The future of the EPC is still unclear following the results of Thursday’s general elections since the results have resulted in a Hung Parliament with no clear majority.

 

The Tories and Lib Dems have had a few meetings since the elections to see whether they can form a coalition and at present it seems more likely that it will be a Tory/Lib Dem coalition rather than an alliance between Labour and Lib Dem.

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Sun 09 May 2010

Lib Dems and Conservatives to have HIPs abolished?

As the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats meet to thrash out some sort of political agreement, will scrapping the Home Information Pack (HIP) be top of the agenda?  Will Cameron and Clegg fail to do a deal because of disagreements over the future of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?  No, of course not! 

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Fri 07 May 2010

The Election Results and what they have in store for the public

While we wait for the final results of the general elections thoughts are probably racing through virtually everyone’s heads about what the eventual outcome will mean in our every day lives. It is clear that the conservatives have the most votes but not enough for a majority and therefore for an outright win. Labour have done better than the polls indicated they would suggesting that many switched from Lib Dem to Labour at the last minute. The Lib Dems lagged woefully behind the two main parties. A hung parliament is therefore a stark reality.

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Fri 07 May 2010

What happens to the HIP in a Hung Parliament?

With everything now pointing to a Hung Parliament, it's worth examining the possibilities for the future of the Home Information Pack.  After all, The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both promised to abolish HIPs whereas the Labour Party wanted HIPs to stay.  We do know of course that Home Information Packs are not the top of the agenda!  But as the UK's Favourite Property Lawyers we do feel passionate about all things to do with buying and selling property!

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Thu 06 May 2010

Survival of the HIP Post Election

The result of the elections is set to cause turmoil and confusion regarding HIPs and whether they are to be retained. We have only just got used to HIPs packs after nearly 3 years and we are to be thrown into further chaos if the Tories win the election which, at present, seems likely. The Tories have vowed to abolish the HIPs pack very soon after assuming power.

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