A tech-based home buyer passport is about to launch that will enable agents to qualify buyers, purchasers to prove to agents that they are serious and vendors to understand more about people making offers.
Called Hipla, it is already being trialled with several estate agents and vendors prior to its consumer launch, which is imminent.
Hipla, which has some similarities to Labour’s doomed Home Information Packs, has been a part of the current government’s Geovation Accelerator Programme for the past 12 months.
Geovation is a joint venture between the Land Registry and Ordnance Survey to promote tech innovation in the housing market.
“Receiving the backing, guidance and help from HM Land Registry, Geovation, and Ordnance Survey has helped our early stage start-up gain a much steadier footing than it otherwise would have done,” says Hipla founder Adam Phillips (below).
“Their help with early stage funding, office space, data and market insights has been invaluable.
“And their support has meant we are now in a much better position to deliver on our objectives of improving the home buying process.”
Phillips’ comments were made at the launch of this year’s Accelerator programme, which features seven start-ups including a drone airspace management service, a digital concierge app called Winston and RenKap, an affordable homes marketplace.
“We offer a founder-friendly environment, great mentors, high-quality workshop content and, almost uniquely, a dedicated software development team in house, who work hand in hand with our companies to build and release their first products,” says Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation.