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THE ROLE OF THE AIPP B


uying property abroad could be one of the most emotive and challenging decisions you ever make, which is why you want to be sure your purchase is pain free and


those you are dealing with professional, committed and trustworthy.


Since 2006 the Association of International


Property Professionals (AIPP) has been working to improve business standards in the overseas property market and to provide reassurance that the companies you are dealing with share these aims. We are a not-for-profi t organisation working with the aim of improving the market for industry and consumers alike. In September 2012, the AIPP became part of a wider family of professional bodies when it joined umbrella organisation the National Association of Property Professionals (NFOPP) where it now sits alongside organisations such as the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA). This increased support and infrastructure has enabled the AIPP to raise its profi le and widen its infl uence over the overseas property market.


32 AIPP CONSUMER GUIDE


Our members are here to help Members of the AIPP include not only agents and property developers from the UK and overseas, but also lawyers, consultants, currency exchange brokers and other service providers. Members have all agreed to be bound by a professional code of practice and disciplinary process to encourage industry best practice. As a trade association fl ying the fl ag for industry standards, our role is to help stamp out bad practice so naturally we encourage you to look for the AIPP badge when buying overseas and deal with our members. We have made numerous improvements to the industry during our fi rst seven years including the implementation of best practice guidance and training, as well as demonstrating our ability to take signifi cant disciplinary action against companies found to be in breach of our rules. As the industry emerges from the global recession, we will play a leading role in guiding the standards of the future and ensure the overseas property industry moves forward with greater responsibility. But there is still a lot more we can do. We are


working to recruit more professional companies to the AIPP in order to widen our reach and provide a


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