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E-developments will overtake seller&#39s packs

I was interested to read the article, Seller&#39s packs widely welcomed in survey (Money Marketing, January 16).

Any initiative which aims to improve the housebuying process can only be a good thing, particularly as England has one of the slowest homebuying and selling processes in Europe.

However, seller&#39s packs are by no means the panacea to solving the gazumping problem. There is little evidence that seller&#39s packs in isolation will significantly reduce gazumping.

In addition to this, by 2006, (when the packs are scheduled to come into force), developments in technology may well deem the seller&#39s pack initiative obsolete.

During the time that it has taken the Homes Bill to reach even draft stages,other initiatives that e-enable parts of the housebuying supply chain have started to overtake the seller&#39s packs scheme.

2006 is likely to see many changes to the housebuying process. But in the meantime, e-enabling many of the processes necessary to complete a house purchase is equally, if not more import-ant in achieving efficient,fair housebuying.

Paul Duckworth

Managing director

xit2

Charlbury,Oxfordshire

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