NAEA prepares for HIPs

The National Association of Estate Agent’s recent steps to prepare its members for the introduction of Home Information Packs has been welcomed by the Association of Home Information Pack Providers.

Members of the NAEA have been invited to a series of HIPs courses that will run across the country next month. The courses aim to inform estate agency staff on how to deal with the packs and will provide information on all stages of the process from what’s in a pack to potential areas of dispute.

The courses, which provide estate agents with an opportunity to prepare for the packs mandatory introduction next year, will also offer background information to HIPs, advising agents about their role and responsibilities.

Paul Broadhead, deputy director general for AHIPP, says: “Despite the NAEA’s continued campaign against HIPs I am delighted to see that they are now facing the reality that as of June 1 2007 HIPs will happen.

“These courses are a vital step in the preparation of estate agents. I am pleased to see that NAEA is now focusing its energy on taking positive steps to inform and prepare its members about packs, rather than asking them to spend more time completing their endless questionnaires.

“Clearly the NAEA are expecting there be a considerable take up with members urged to book early to secure one of the ‘limited spaces’ and I wish them every success.”