Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)


Orange County is an attractive real estate market to foreign buyers (and sellers). However, international transactions are significantly different and more complex than domestic deals. From currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws, working with a Realtor® who knows how to handle these differences can make or break the purchase or sale of your home. Because of these nuances, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable and trusted professional.

What is a CIPS?

A Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training to complete international transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk.

The CIPS designation, is the onlyinternational designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. Only REALTORS® who have completed the coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in international business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.

After they have completed the coursework requirements, designees instantly join a tight-knit network of over 2,800 international property professionals around the world. These referral partners can help you do business in over 50 countries, and ensure that you will receive the same level of service no matter where your next home is located. Amir is one of only about 400 California agents with this designation.

How does working with a CIPS designee benefit you?

If you own a home in Orange County, there is a good chance that an international buyer will be interested in purchasing your house. As a Certified International Property Specialist, Amir is a global real estate professional. He is well informed and prepared to work with international clients, so you can be sure you will enjoy a smooth and seamless experience. Amir has the education, the resources and the network to build an international marketing strategy for your property to help attract qualified buyers from around the globe.

As a designee, Amir has access to a wide network of professionals to assist you with inbound or outbound transactions around the globe.

Why use a CIPS as a foreign buyer?

Real estate transactions are different from country to country – each destination has its own rules and regulations. From currency issues and financing, to visa and tax laws, to contracts, duties and titles, global real estate transactions can be complicated. Certified International Property Specialists have demonstrated experience-helping clients successfully purchase properties worldwide. They can streamline the process to save you time and money.

How You Can Be Benefited from Amir’s Global Network

As a Certified International Property Specialist, Amir Vahdat is part of a worldwide referral network comprised of elite international property professionals from 45 countries. He can use this network to help you find the perfect property, and He can put you in touch with a reliable global professional who is local to your desired destination. Having the right real estate professional working for you can make a world of difference when you are buying property overseas.

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Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designees are REALTORS® who have undergone specialized training focused on conducting business in the international real estate arena.

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