AIPP Establishes New Satellite Office in Portugal

28/09/2011

AIPP Establishes New Satellite Office in Portugal

The Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP), the leading organisation in the international property market, is establishing a new satellite office in Portugal and has appointed Simon Perks as the executive officer.

The move signals its intention to provide greater support and develop closer ties with members based outside the UK and Ireland by setting up representative offices.

Perks was formerly with Bank Santander Totta, part of the Santander group and has worked in the Portuguese property market for over 20 years.  He will run this role alongside his consultancy which specialises in all aspects of financing property.  

“Portugal has always been a desirable destination for the British and Irish property purchasers and as such is a fitting place to establish a satellite office,” says AIPP CEO, Professor Mark Sharp.  “We are also fortunate to have in Simon someone who knows the Portuguese property market inside out and is also familiar with all that it means to be an AIPP member. He will be a huge help in strengthening our support to developers, agents and service companies in Portugal and to hear how we can help them.”

Simon Perks, executive officer, AIPP Portugal comments: “I have seen at first hand the professionalism of the AIPP and the real advantages of being a member.  Chief among these is the reassurance membership of the AIPP provides to consumers and in these tough times this is hugely valuable when talking to potential purchasers.

“The AIPP is also introducing a range of services to strengthen the marketing of properties and I am looking forward to discussing how these can help Portuguese members.”

The AIPP recently introduced a new range of insurance services, specifically tailored to the international property market, to help restore confidence by making it safer for people to buy abroad. 

The association teamed up with Kinnell Corporate Limited to offer insurance services, which address specific issues such as land title and build quality, for companies in the industry as well as consumers.

Formed in 2006, the AIPP is a trade association which aims to improve standards in the overseas property market and to reassure buyers that they can work with companies which share this aim.

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