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Hello Andrea, I am also thinking of moving to Abruzzo. I am leaving this Sat. May 1 to May 12. I am meeting with 2 different agencies while I am there. Lets stay in touch and I will share my experience with you. I also welcome any advice from folks that can help.
Hello, I moved to the area in December 09, so any infor/advice I can give

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Yes, Thank you....Which agency has the best reputation for being honest with Americans? Do you know of an agent? Also, I know this is much to ask, I am staying at the RIO Hotel in Vasto Marina. If you are near maybe I could meet you for a coffee and you can tell me what you know about moving there. I want to be well informed when i make a decision to move there.

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Yes, Thank you....Which agency has the best reputation for being honest with Americans? Do you know of an agent? Also, I know this is much to ask, I am staying at the RIO Hotel in Vasto Marina. If you are near maybe I could meet you for a coffee and you can tell me what you know about moving there. I want to be well informed when i make a decision to move there.
I am not sure how to get to Vasto Marina, please contact me by priv ate message re this site (not sure how to do it myself) and include your e-mail address, this is often much quicker than having to keep logging into this site. I live in the Abruzzo area, so not sure where you are. I hope that my information will be useful to you. When choosing an agency it is best to use your own geometra, as if connected they are in the business of selling the the property, go for all independant advice, from ,building work to interpretor, you can end up paying a lot more if you do not, I have not had any serious problems myself, but others have told me tales of exploitation, and conflicting building costs/standards of work. Local reccomendations are best, try and stay in village/town before final act, get to know the locals who will make you very welcome, ask at local builders yard for reliable workers.

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Hi there,
I have been searching and searching ....travelled and travelled....then I finally found the perfect home. I bought it and im now done and dusted with surveys, surveyors, notary and so on... I was helpd by Sweet Italy Estates, the office is in Vasto (cant remember the address now ... :-(( ) check them out Sweet Italy Estates - The biggest address in Italian Properties Very helpful...hope you ll have the same experience :-)))

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Hi, We are travelling to Abruzzo at the end of August, hopefuuly looking to find a property to buy. In reading several of the Expats experiences in the process I was hoping for some advice. We have no grasp of the Italian language and will certainly need assistance, from start to the end of completion.
Should we get the services of HousearoudItaly etc. or can anybody give me feedback in the process they have followed and how they found their own Notary, Geometra?
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Here is my email. [email protected] I can see my mail on my blackberry so send me a message and maybe we can meet up for coffee. You can tell me what you know about moving here and purchasing property. I look forward to your message. CIAO

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Thank you very much for the advice. I am working now with 2 agencies here in Abruzzo. I will look up your recomended agency now and see if I can contact them. CIAO

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Bunty, my wife and I are hopefully going to be retiring in Abruzzo , a ways off, 2018. I noticed you replied to a post a while back and you said you would e-mail that person with details of your move and the area. Would it possible to get some info from you regarding details about your move, the area, etc. Thanks in advance, Ken and Josephine

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To contemplate buying property in the abruzzo region right now, by which i mean in the wake of the earthquake, is a bit rash in my opinion, and was probably a pretty silly idea even before the quake, given the history of the region for such things, but it's your money.

Then you have to consider the question of who you are dealing with - we dealt with a company with which you are familiar who employ very unscrupulous scouts who basically sold us a 'pig in a poke' (I assume you're being from Devon you will know what i mean!)

Good luck, but bear in mind that any 'old' building is probably going to be far from earthquake proof and things have tightened up as a result of the earthquake - no local 'geometra' worth his salt will give the go-ahead to work that isn't up to scratch regulation-wise, which means practically re-building any property that is in need of substantial repairs. Should those who wish to sell the property assure you that there is no problem with permissions etc, remember the simple rule - 'buyer beware'.

Looking back i can see that i was completely bamboozled, despite speaking reasonable italian, and what amazes me in retrospect was my naivety, but hey, i'm too old to pretend i didn't know better. Maybe this is just sour grapes on my part, and i could certainly buy a lot of grapes with the money i have lost, but i have reflected long and hard on my experience, and come to the conclusion that italy is a great place to visit, but not necessarily to own property, no matter how tempting it is.

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[QUOTE=AJORDAN;282689]Hi, We are travelling to Abruzzo at the end of August, hopefuuly looking to find a property to buy. In reading several of the Expats experiences in the process I was hoping for some advice. We have no grasp of the Italian language and will certainly need assistance, from start to the end of completion.
Should we get the services of HousearoudItaly etc. or can anybody give me feedback in the process they have followed and how they found their own Notary, Geometra?
Thanks ( A VERY EXCITED) I can identify with you, I started off not speaking much Italian, my advice is to learn as much as you can otherwise you risk being exploited and being charged english prices builders, interpretation fees etc., It is possible to survive on a simple day to day basis with little Italian, but it is very difficult for more complicated conversations. We had our Italian dictionary (bible). The agency will provide an interpretor at the completion, in fact you will have to have this an it doesnt come cheap, the agency should have english speaking staff, houses aroun italy did. My advice would be to get an independt solicitor and geometra, as they would want the sale of the house to go through, you might not like what they say, but better to have that advice an act on it. Another thing, it all happens in a few weeks an does not give you much time to draw breath, do not let them rush you, you can bet the house has been on the market for a while, an having them wait will not harm! good luck, let me know where you are looking, an when.please excuse lack of `d`, this key not working well, an it's a new computor!

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To contemplate buying property in the abruzzo region right now, by which i mean in the wake of the earthquake, is a bit rash in my opinion, and was probably a pretty silly idea even before the quake, given the history of the region for such things, but it's your money.

Then you have to consider the question of who you are dealing with - we dealt with a company with which you are familiar who employ very unscrupulous scouts who basically sold us a 'pig in a poke' (I assume you're being from Devon you will know what i mean!)

Good luck, but bear in mind that any 'old' building is probably going to be far from earthquake proof and things have tightened up as a result of the earthquake - no local 'geometra' worth his salt will give the go-ahead to work that isn't up to scratch regulation-wise, which means practically re-building any property that is in need of substantial repairs. Should those who wish to sell the property assure you that there is no problem with permissions etc, remember the simple rule - 'buyer beware'. You seem to have had quite an experience! I concerns, and find not many risk free places in the world, and earthquakes happen all around the world frequently, also floods etc.,

Looking back i can see that i was completely bamboozled, despite speaking reasonable italian, and what amazes me in retrospect was my naivety, but hey, i'm too old to pretend i didn't know better. Maybe this is just sour grapes on my part, and i could certainly buy a lot of grapes with the money i have lost, but i have reflected long and hard on my experience, and come to the conclusion that italy is a great place to visit, but not necessarily to own property, no matter how tempting it is.

Guido
I share your concerns, an let my heart rule my head when buying my house, yes it is in an earthquake zone, but to me the good things outway the bad, and I have been able to get insurance. There are many english an american people viewing houses, so I am glad I am not the only mad person. Where did you buy your property?. I would advise anyone to get an inependant geometra, an not one connected to an agency, also a solicitor, although the latter is not really required if the sale straightforward, I did have concerns during the process an nearly pulled out a few times, but the speed of the process helped me loose commonsense, however, I woul not be without my house, I love it an the local people are fantastic, I do wonder at some of the ex-pats though!! and now starting to discriminate a little more, an not be desperate for any moving object that speaks english! please excuse lack of `d's` new computor playing up

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