Property In Abruzzo – Live The Italian Dream
It took us seven trips; about twenty different estate agents; seeing three potential purchases fall through; and 96 (yes, 96) viewings before we eventually found the Abruzzo property we were looking for.
But it took no time at all to realise the Italy property market was very different to anything we’d experienced before – and that it was an area potentially open to some very expensive mistakes.
Despite books or research that might lead you to think buying a house in Italy is straightforward – think again. It isn’t.
The legal process by which an Italy property changes hands is entirely different to what we’d previously experienced in the UK – and there are probably significant differences too from wherever else you currently live.
The rules governing any Italy property purchase are different for EU and non-EU citizens; and the costs of property-buying – and owning – will vary depending on whether you’re planning to permanently relocate to Italy, or are just looking for a holiday home.
The Italian dream can all too easily turn into a nightmare.
Help’s At Hand!
While we’d never claim expertise regarding the differences in the property market across Italy, we do know our own corner of Abruzzo pretty well and are happy to recommend a couple of property professionals in our immediate area
We found the Abruzzo property destined to become Villasfor2 thanks to Gianmarco Poli, his wife Martina, and their agency Abruzzo Project which is based within walking distance of us. It’s no exaggeration to say we couldn’t have negotiated our way through the tangle of rules, regulations and bureaucracy that surround building restoration work here without their help.
Also nearby is VigneVerde – part-owned by English expat Dave Benton. Both Gianmarco and Dave have extensive portfolios centred on our part of southern Abruzzo and house-hunting Villasfor2 guests have found what they’re looking for through both agencies. Feedback has always been excellent.
Where Do We Come In?
If you’re staying at Villasfor2 at any stage of your Abruzzo property hunt, we’ll be more than happy to discuss our own experiences with you – both good and bad – and answer any questions you have.
This will help give you the clearest idea of what to expect – and the costly pitfalls you can avoid.
And we’ll be very happy to give you names and numbers from our own Contacts Book for everything you might need during your own property-buying project, from a lawyer – to where you can buy a kitchen sink !