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Old 21st January 2020, 10:41 AM
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Hello everyone
I'm Jane and my fiance's name is Tony. We are looking to buy a house in Abruzzo as soon as possible. We have already had two visits - the first to narrow down area, although we did view a few properties then the second purely for viewings. We have viewed just over 20 properties so far and due to go for our third visit in a few weeks. This next visit we are planning on just staying there until we have actually managed to buy a house! Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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Hello all,
My wife (Yvonne) and I retired last spring and are seriously looking at Umbria for a final adventure. We have found a house, but it needs some remodeling. We spent the last few years searching France (love it there), but the weather is almost identical to ours (we live on San Juan Island, north of Seattle). We recently started Washington State’s only tea farm, but the idea of a European move is strong in both of us.
Neither of us speak Italian, but both know quite a few Spanish words. Michel Thomas tapes should arrive today.
I posted about a Geometra and Attorney this morning and hope to get some good advice.
Hopefully we will meet some of you as we make the transition to our new life. BTW Abruzzo was a strong contender, but most houses we found were too far up in the mountains.
All the best!
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Hello, hope you find what you are looking for. Surprised there were no places in Abruzzo blow mountain level as most are?

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Thanks for the welcome. We may still be looking in Abruzzo if the house in Umbria falls through. Any good suggestions?

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Well for specific houses it depends on your personal preferences. But for me the nearer the coast the better the weather, except in extreme heat whereby the mountains would win! Also I believe earthquake risk is less the near the coast, but there is a seismic map ratings out here on the web if needed. I would only look at houses in the area where the SS150 meets the SS81 outwards towards the coast, take a line down through Penne as far as you wish, but remembering how far out you are from the airport if that’s important to you. Getting down to personal likes I would avoid the Pescara basin apart from perhaps the Sulmona area. Chieti I did not find as attractive as Teramo province, but that could be one of those “where you land first” things, certainly the water supply seemed a bit more uncertain further south and is one thing that certainly should be checked (and not just asking the agent).
Even in the area I mention above, for any town in it I would check the height above sea level. I would think twice about anything over 350m and not even look at anything above 500m.
Have a look at Italiancasa here and/or casa.it here. If you want something in English try Rightmove here who cover many agents.

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Y'all all sound like together folks so this is probably unnecessary but am I correct in presuming that you have a residence permit, permesso di soggiorno? Folks have been known to be the owners of houses that they couldn't get permission to live in.


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Paulo,
Not yet. We understand the need to get one, but we are just starting the process of moving. Our USA house will go on the market soon. But as you know, it takes a bit to find the right place to live. We have vacillated back and forth between France and Italy and have just recently decided on Italy. We are excited, are beginning to learn Italian and have found one house that fits our needs (with renovation). Worst case scenario, if we are denied residency (which hopefully will not happen) we could use the home as a vacation home and travel the rest of the time.
We are not wealthy, but are comfortable enough to leave for other parts of the EU for a period of time each year.
Do you have any pitfalls that we may experience that would be helpful?
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Am I understanding you correctly? The rules aren't just for Italy; they are for the entire Schengen Region, in effect the EU. For Americans that means 90 days in, 90 days out.

Of all the people on Expatforum I am the least qualified to comment on this but I'm certain someone will jump in to validate and amplify this.



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Thank you for the clarification. I was under the impression that it was “per country” not per EU. If that is the case would travel to Great Britain qualify as “out of the region”?

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Thank you for the clarification. I was under the impression that it was “per country” not per EU. If that is the case would travel to Great Britain qualify as “out of the region”?
Again, I am considerably less than authoritative on this. As to the specifics of your question, my understanding is that the rules for the UK/EU relationship will be worked out over the next year. I wouldn't bet on any outcome. I personally have been stroking my chin thinking of Tunisia.

Your best bet is obviously to get a PdS. Send me a private note and I will describe my failed attempt to do so. Don't freak out; my application was marginal at best and I did myself no favors in the process. With my limited knowledge I might be able to suggest things that might improve your chances.



p.s. I will be in Umbria vacating in mid-late-May. Let me know if you're around.

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