Safely search for your new overseas property
AIPO Safer Property Search Feature
Good news at last! With overseas property purchasing now deemed a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave the country, travelling to visit estate agents offices and viewing properties ‘in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of residential property’ is now permissible!*
Those people who have had delay after delay to their future plans of a dream place overseas, due firstly to Brexit and latterly the dreadful effects of the global pandemic, can now finally look ahead to getting their property abroad made real.
But, buying a foreign property involves companies and processes often unfamiliar to residents of the UK.
*Note: Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check gov.uk advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through.
Your sign of trust in an unregulated market
Take your time, do your research, access our free guides and legal advice. Buying freehold or leasehold from AIPP (Association of Property Professionals) members comes with the reassurance of the AIPP Code of Conduct and The UK Property Ombudsman.
What is the AIPP?
First established in London in 2006, AIPP is the trade body for professionals around the world dealing with buyers of a foreign property. AIPP has over 370 corporate members from 30+ countries and includes Agents, Developers, Lawyers, Media, Financial Services & other industry professionals.
AIPP does not sell property. They are a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to improve standards of professionalism, helping both industry and the public.
Safer Property Search Facility
Launched in 2020, the AIPO property listing pages now boast over 13,000 properties in Europe and the rest of the world. All of these properties are advertised ONLY by agent members of the AIPP (Association of International Property Professionals), who have all signed up to follow a strict code of conduct.
Not only that, but AIPP agent and developer members are all covered by the the UK Property Ombudsman. This means in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your property purchase or sale, and you and your AIPP member are unable to resolve your dispute, you can bring your case to the ombudsman (for free) for an independent resolution, hopefully negating the need for expensive legal fees.
All buyers of international property are advised to seek comprehensive independent legal advice prior to making a foreign property purchase. AIPP has many legal members who can help with your purchase.
Are you an International Property Professional? Not a member of the AIPP?
Find out if you qualify for AIPP membership by making an enquiry here
All properties featured in this article are currently available to view/purchase on the AIPO property listing pages
Before you travel
you need a permitted reason to travel abroad if you live in England, and you must complete a declaration form for international travel, including for travel within the Common Travel Area (which includes Ireland). Subscribe to travel advice email alerts for your destination, and countries you will transit through, so you’ll know if gov.uk updates their advice with new and important information