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London : 25th May 2007 -- Responding to the announcement by the Department of Communities and Local Government that the introduction of Home Information Packs is to be delayed by two months until 1 August, Rob Hailstone, chief executive of leading HIP provider Hipag Services says:

"The surprise announcement by Ruth Kelly does nothing to help those who have spent time and money preparing for HIPs. The reduced market on the 1st August is ridiculous, for example people downsizing, from four bed to three bed properties will have to pay for two lots of searches.

Allowing first day marketing was welcomed by estate agents and can only be a benefit for solicitors wanting to assist their local estate agents with the production of HIPs. Solicitors have been given a two month window of opportunity to nurture existing and create new business relationships. They now need to steal a march on some of the HIP suppliers who see solicitors as nothing more than a cash cow!

Hipag remains committed to working with our members we aim to deliver a product and service that delivers real improvements to the way property is bought and sold. Over the coming weeks we will be finalising and launching a system that puts solicitors firmly in the driving seat."

Solicitors and Estate Agents can learn more about the benefits of joining Hipag by visiting the website at www.hipag.co.uk or by phoning 0845 375 2890.

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For further information:

Rob Hailstone, CEO, Hipag Services
T: 020 7565 3985

Jacqui Green, JGMpr, Press Enquiries
T: 020 7808 0113



About Hipag Services Ltd.

Hipag Services Ltd (www.hipag.co.uk) has been formed to assist independent estate agents and high street solicitor practices in England and Wales produce HIPs quickly and efficiently. Hipag currently has over 3,000 registered members, from Cornwall to Cumbria, who it will work in co-operation with Hipag to produce HIPs rapidly, enabling property sales to proceed without delay.

Hipag’s membership includes independent estate agents, high street solicitors , home inspectors and domestic energy assessors who will prepare the Home Condition Reports and the Energy Performance Certificate.

Hipag Services has the financial backing of the OyezStraker Group, the UK's leading independent office products and business services company with 1,500 staff and £200m turnover.

Hipag Services believes its HIP will deliver more benefits to others for two main reasons. Firstly, because it will provide to the seller and the estate agent a HIP quickly that complies with legislation so that the property can be marketed without delay. Secondly, by working with its accredited member firms it will ensure the HIP becomes comprehensive while the property is being marketed, and not after a buyer has been found, thereby providing a smoother, less stressful transaction and a quicker exchange of contracts.

Hipag can achieve these goals because its members -- solicitors, estate agents and home inspectors – will be local to the property being sold and will be working closely together. Their local knowledge and easy accessibility will make it easier for the property seller to meet and discuss potential problems with the professionals who will be working for them.

This local approach contrasts with that of many large HIP providers who plan to offer a service based on large centralised “call centre”-style HIP factories to prepare packs.


About The OyezStraker Group Ltd.

The OyezStraker Group Ltd (www.oyezstraker.co.uk) is the UK's leading independent office products and business services company with 1,500 staff and £200m turnover.

The Group was formed in 1997 through the merger of Oyez and Straker, two well-known companies with strong brands in the office products and stationery market. Companies in the Group consist of: OyezStraker, Stat Plus, Lynch McQueen and Whitegrove. The Oyez brand name is synonymous with the supply legal office supplies, legal software, forms publishing, speech solutions, document production and company formations.

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