Britain’s High Street solicitors are running a serious risk of losing their crucial conveyancing business unless they act now to team up with local estate agents, warns Rob Hailstone, chief executive of Home Information Pack provider, Hipag Services.
Hailstone, a property legal professional for 25 years, says, ‘Solicitors risk losing conveyancing business when HIPs start in earnest from August, because estate agents will be offered a bewildering array of “special deals” – including apparently free deals - from commercial companies whose only interest is in HIPs.’
‘We are encouraging solicitors to team up now with their local estate agents simply by registering for free with our online HIP system.’
‘Our system is simple’, says Hailstone. ‘When an estate agent requests the HIP via Hipag Online he also nominates which lawyer he or the seller wants to help make the HIP comprehensive and act on the conveyancing. The early involvement of the property lawyer is extremely useful for registered properties and is almost essential for leasehold and unregistered.’
‘If you want to stand out from the crowd, impress both seller and buyer and have quicker exchanges, Hipag is for you. Register, for free, now.’
Hipag is asking high-street solicitors and local estate agents to nominate their local 'preferred working partners' in order to populate Hipag Online drop-down menus. Because the system is already populated with choices, it saves time, effort and simplifies the process. Equally important, it means local property professionals are working together – not with faceless offshore-style corporations.
Estate Agents and Solicitors 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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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 £170m 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 £170m 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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