The making of a contract for the sale of land is no part of an estate agent's business1 and authority to make such a contract is not to be lightly inferred from vague or ambiguous language2. Accordingly, an estate agent authorised to procure a purchaser has no implied authority to enter into a contract of sale3 or to give a warranty4; nor has an agent who is merely authorised to treat with people and permit them to view the property5. Similarly an agent authorised to act 'in and about' a purchase has no implied
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