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Home reports point to market rise

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Home reports are needed to put a property on the market

The number of homes being put on the market increased during summer when there is usually a dip in activity, figures suggest.

There was a 5% increase in the number of new surveys and home reports being commissioned, according to data from the Energy Savings Trust.

The rise was seen in June, July and August when compared with the proceeding three months this year.

Home owners wanting to sell must commission a survey and energy rating.

The home reports, which were introduced on 1 December 2008, have won the backing of surveyors.

'More transparent'

But conveyancing lawyers have warned the valuations are only recognised for three months and that mortgage lenders are proving unwilling to trust surveys commissioned by home sellers.

The Law Society of Scotland wants a full review of the home reports system, but it has been told that will not take place for five years.

Jim Gibson, the chairman of surveyors group RICS Scotland, said he was encouraged by the latest data.

He said: "While there was some cynicism over the introduction of the home report, as there often is when systems change, the large majority of feedback from vendors and buyers is very positive.

"Home reports make things far more transparent for all parties and ensure both sides have realistic expectations."

Busy July

Mr Gibson added: "There have been some positive signs over the summer months and we hope that the housing market is now turning a corner, with stability and even growth in the market."

The Energy Savings Trust tracks all of the home reports carried out in Scotland to ensure properties have Energy Performance Certificates.

Based on data from the trust, it is estimated that from June to August Scotland saw the number of home reports increasing to 22,249 - up from 21,115 in the previous period, March to May.

During the summer months an average of 1,711 home reports were carried out each week compared with 1,624 in the previous quarter.

July saw the most activity with over 8,000 reports taking place.



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