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HCRs could still be a part of HIPs

HCRs were removed as a compulsory component of HIPs in July by the government due to spiralling costs and a lack of backing from the industry. But eConveyancer warns that they could still be included.

Alan Dring, sales director of eConveyancer, says: “There is still a chance that HCRs will be included in the packs. At the moment there are 500 trained HCR inspectors, with the possibility of another 4,000 in 2007.

“Once HIPs have been launched I think it will become apparent that many people will want to have a sort of ‘house MOT’ because it will make houses easier to sell.

“Whatever happens in the next few months, HIPs will go ahead and everybody must be ready. Energy Performance Certificates will drive the scheme, thanks to government commitments. We will be aware of EPCs or some variation of them for the next 50 years.”


Heading for the sun

Advantage is sending Julie Lowe, adviser at Partnership Mortgage Solutions, off to the luxurious Sandy Lane Spa Resort in Barbados after she was picked by Mortgage Strategy’s publisher Patrick Ponsford as the winner in a prize draw. Ponsford made the draw from thousands of entries at last week’s Mortgage Business Expo. The competition was organised […]


It was good to see swaps edge downwards last week but almost all of the decent fixed rates have already been repriced upwards.

Money Partners’ direct move

Money Partners has launched its direct-to-broker brand Money Partners Touch following the acquisition of brokerage Residential 1 for an undisclosed sum.The brand will become fully operational in December and offer non-packaging brokers, introducers and IFAs processing and packaging services, electronic decisions, online case management facilities and direct access to Money Partners’ specialist mortgage products.There will […]

Mortgage Times links with Trigold

The Mortgage Times Group has fully integrated with Trigold’s E-Trading Centre.Christopher May, director of The Mortgage Times Group, says:“We have been working closely with Trigold and are pleased to be the first packager to have a fully branded working generic application form live for its packaged lenders. “Our relationship with Trigold has gone from strength […]


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