Bob 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.

“Everyone knows just how stressful the whole house buying and selling process is with an overlong system breeding distrust between both parties when it should be quite the opposite," said Bob.

“I’m pleased the minister wants to hear from people actually involved in the system to gauge their thoughts and I’m particularly pleased the process is looking for innovative digital solutions to speed up home buying, including making more data available online.

“With regards to the Island, my feeling is that older Islanders would be more likely to downsize their homes – so making them available for the next generation -  if the process of buying and selling was simpler.”

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