George Hollingbery welcomes government consultation into house buying and selling.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery has 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 people suffer considerable stress and even lose money embarking on the buying or selling of a home so we do need to address issues that make this system overlong and costly and this is a welcome move by the Government,” said George.

“I’m pleased the minister wants to hear from people actually involved in the system to gauge their thoughts and solutions. It also seems there will be a focus on innovative digital solutions to speed up home buying, including making more data available online and this is welcome too.

“In the Meon Valley, there is some evidence that older people would like to downsize their homes – so making them available for the next generation -  but are put off by the complex 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