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Old 2nd February 2018, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by janilee View Post
I've lived in Italy over two years, now. It is frustrating to come from a country that loves an internet presence to one where the best you can usually find is that a company has put up a site that shows a picture of their building and nothing more. E-mail is almost unknown, but many people have taken Facebook as their ether(real) home. Previous suggestions are right-you need time with boots on the ground. Once you find a place you think is your new home, you need to join the community. That's not hard in smaller towns. Once you have established that you love Italia, people open up to you. Spend time in caffe' bars with the locals. You need to listen carefully. You will eventually figure out who is who and what is what. Hints as to who has property, who is honest, who will bargain with you will leak out. When someone tells you of a property available, tell all your new friends it has been mentioned. You will get all kinds of info on the person, the property, and your likely enjoyment of the place. Otherwise, you're running the risk of losing a lot of money. That's been our experience, anyway. We were extremely lucky. My husband, whose grandparents immigrated to the U.S., visited our tiny Apennine village twice before we decided to retire here. A cousin in the States whose husband was born here just happened to be in our village when we called her. Her husband ran to tell the locals that we were coming to live here and, within an hour, he had found a lovely apartment for us at a real steal. The low price was because my husband had approached the village with love and humility and was immediately encouraged to come back home. Also, the cousin's husband was very popular here. That said, a few people who weren't in the "family loop" approached us about buying properties. Friends advised us that these people wanted double from us what they charged Italians. The big plus is: Once you are accepted by the locals, they are your family and will treat you as one of their own.
Absolutely spot on, excellent information. My situation was much the same. Most Italians will always embrace their own no matter how long they've been gone. Some, however, can be quite greedy, therefore it's always best to get to know people before you buy or be lucky enough to have blood relatives in the community to guide you.

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