Regulate the practitioners, says RICS

"RICS maintains that trying to engineer the home buying and selling process through the HIP is of limited use. RICS wants to see the Government quickly joining up to achieve much more for home buyers and sellers in the form of a proper regulatory regime for estate agents.

"Currently anyone can set up as an estate agent and when the market turns up, no doubt it will once again be an attractive place for the unscrupulous. We believe that much more will be achieved by regulating the practitioners, rather than trying to control the process."