Lenders are supportive of HIPS says CML

New research commissioned by the Council of Mortgage Lenders reveals how lenders really feel about HIPs and most are supportive.

Two thirds of lenders intend to provide packs but some expressed significant concern that the technical standards necessary to build the required systems to use home condition reports in their processes could not be made available sooner.

Lenders believe that the number of properties put up for sale will increase in the run-up to HIPs and decrease immediately afterwards.

The research also revealed that Home Condition Reports are likely to have a major impact on lenders’ practices.

Nearly 8 out of 10 lenders believe the need for a physical
inspection will reduce, and 7 out of 10 believe that the use of automated valuations will have increased a year after HIPs are implemented.

But the full impact of home condition reports on lenders’ valuations will not be immediate. And automated valuations are unlikely to become the default method.

Five years after HIPs, lenders still expect physical inspections to account for about half of all valuations, and automated valuations for about 40%.

Initially at least, there is likely to be a significant strain on surveyors’ resources to cope with doing both HCRs and valuation inspections for lenders.

The research also explored lenders’ and other stakeholders’ views of wider issues in relation to conveyancing innovations.

CML says perhaps the biggest disappointment has been the lack of progress with the National Land Information Service.

NLIS was established in 2001 to speed up the provision of local authority searches by enabling them to be made and delivered electronically, but three quarters of local authorities are still unable to provide a fully electronic service.

The CML says there has been inadequate investment, and no compulsion on local authorities to interact fully. This urgently needs to be addressed.

Jackie Bennett, CML head of policy, says: “This research shows, as we have so often repeated, that lenders are generally not anti HIP in principle.

It is the practicalities, the government’s expectations, and the possible unintended consequences that cause them concern.

“Even those who are enthusiastic about HIPs do not expect to replace physical inspections with automated valuations on a wholesale basis.

Currently a physical inspection is used in 99% of applications for house purchase.

Although the market may move more quickly than anyone can anticipate, lenders’ current best estimate is that 40% of valuations will be automated five years after HIPs have been in place.

This is less than the 50% that the government anticipated in its recent regulatory impact assessment, but is still a remarkable rise compared to the position today.”