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Code aims to help safe purchase of property overseas

It provides consumers with independent and expert advice with features such as "5 common pitfalls and how to avoid them" and "10 questions to ask your agent". It also explains who buyers will need to hold their hand through the process, from agents and developers to lawyers, foreign exchange specialists and financial advisers.

"This sort of reassurance is exactly why the AIPP was formed in 2006," said Paul Owen, Chief Executive of the Association. "In a largely unregulated sector, our sole aim is to make the international property market a safer place in which to buy property."

A copy of the guide can be ordered free of charge from the AIPP direct by calling +44 (0)20 7409 7061 or by emailing enquiries@aipp.org.uk. In addition, the guide is freely available as an online digital version at www.aipp.org.uk.

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