Home information packs (HIPs) are hindering market recovery and deterring homeowners from putting their properties up for sale, a study suggests.
A survey of National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) members found 91% were "adament" customers paid little or no attention to the packs.
The figures also suggest one in ten estate agents believes the number of people selling would double if HIPs were taken off the market, while a fifth say numbers would rise between 20% and 25%.
Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the NAEA, desribes HIPs as "controversial" and "relatively useless".
"These figures suggest professional agents believe they are actively harming the market," he says.
"They are significant because of fears a housing market recovery is being stunted because increased demand for property among buyers is not being matched by a supply of houses for sale."
He adds: "The Government should look at scrapping these packs, at the very least until the market has recovered. At that stage they should be reviewed."
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