A IF your agent belongs to AIPP, NAEA or FOPDAC, contact these trade bodies.
FOPDAC and the international section of the NAEA (www.naea.co.uk) have become partners, taking their overall membership to 14,500 agents in the UK.
(020 8941 5588); SAGA freephone advice line (0800 904 7911)
Choose an agent who is a member of FOPDAC
n Make sure you can get a mortgage before you even think of signing a contract n Get an independent lawyer to advise on conveyancing and tax issues n Use an independent surveyor Make several inspections and compare property prices Remember extra costs such as notary fees, local taxes, VAT, land registry fees and purchase costs For information contact FOPDAC
on 02089415588 or em ail firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda urges Britons to buy through FOPDAC members - because the Association's complaints procedure hears both sides when deals go badly wrong and gives a binding ruling.
FOPDAC fears the boom could see unscrupulous agents muscling in.
estimates that, on average, a buyer can expect to pay about 10%-12% on top of the purchase price in fees and charges when buying abroad.
The Federation of Overseas Property Developers Agents and Consultants (FOPDAC
) produces a series of fact sheets giving legal advice on buying property in various countries.
believes it is now more important than ever that buyers know they are getting information from and that these agents operate ethically and professionally.