I have welcomed a Government consultation seeking views on how to make buying and selling houses cheaper, faster and less stressful.
Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, wants to hear from estate agents, mortgage lenders, organisations and solicitors to share their experiences of the housing market and what can be improved.
The call for evidence is aiming to start a process to try and fix issues across the whole sector, from ways to tackle gazumping and reduce time wasting to increasing commitment to a sale.
Many studies say people consider house buying and selling is more stressful than bereavement and divorce so this is a welcome and long overdue look at a system I do not think is fit for purpose.
I’m pleased the minister wants to hear from people actually involved in the system to gauge their thoughts and it seems there will be a focus on innovative digital solutions to speed up home buying, including making more data available online.
In Eastbourne, I have spoken to many organisations and people about this issue over the years and it seems there are older people in our town would like to downsize their homes – so making them available for the next generation – but are put off by a potentially fraught process of buying and selling.
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 17th December.
People can contribute to it at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-home-buying-and-selling-process-call-for-evidence