Property retailer

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In the U.K., a property retailer is an organisation marketing property for sale, but not offering Estate Agency services. Property Retailers are usually online based. Estate Agents in the UK are regulated by the Office of Fair Trading/The Property Ombudsman, and there is also legislation relating to property descriptions and procedures which must be adhered to. Estate Agent services include fielding enquiries on behalf of sellers, arranging appointments and viewings, and handling negotiations.

The Office of Fair Trading state that some Property Retailers may also be acting as Estate Agents and could therefore be breaking the law relating to the provision of Estate Agency Services.[citation needed] There are now a large number of property websites offering a service by charging a one-off fee.

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