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Restored stone country house with lake view terrace for sale.

Beautiful renovated rural villa for sale, with garden and lake view terrace. Pietraferrazzana, Abruzzo region of Italy.

Country villa with garden, solarium, porch, large lake view terrace and patio. Country style decoration inside. 190.000 €. View Property.

Magnificent villa of 650 sqm for sale, elegant interiors. Abruzzo.

Villa for sale, completely designed by the architect Walter Franchini, in Abruzzo, Italy.

Elegant villa completely designed by the architect Walter Franchini. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 living rooms. 360.000 €. View Property.

Renovated traditional Italian town house near the Adriatic Sea.

Charming renovated town house with stunning brick barrel ceilings, patio and sea view terrace, for sale in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Character Italian house of 330 sqm with fantastic brick vaulted ceilings and amazing details, sea view terrace and patio. 320.000 €. View Property.

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Since March 2020 travelling around the world has been difficult and we have had to face various unexpected situations. In 2020/2021 we had many clients who were supposed to come to complete their house purchase here in Abruzzo but were unable to leave their home countries due to worldwide travel bans.

In these last two years we have learned how the process of international Power of Attorney works in several countries, and through this article we are happy to share the information with you and the expert knowledge gained so far.

Once you have chosen the perfect house in Italy for you, maybe through virtual tours with your real estate agent, you can also purchase it from abroad through the Power of Attorney.

Obviously, the process of obtaining a valid Power of Attorney is slightly different according to the country where you live, but its principles are mainly the same all over the world.

Table of contents

  1. What is a Power of Attorney?
  2. How much does it cost to get a Power of Attorney in Italy?
  3. Differences between a Special or a General Power of Attorney
  4. Who provides the Power of Attorney?
  5. How does it work to obtain an internationally valid Power of Attorney? What is Apostille?
  6. How to obtain a Power of Attorney with Apostille in the USA?
  7. How to obtain a Power of Attorney with Apostille in the UK?

What is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is an agreement between two parties: a “principal” and an “attorney in fact”. The “attorney in fact” need not be an attorney at law commonly known as a lawyer. A power of attorney gives the rights to act on behalf of the principal.

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Many of us dream of owning a home abroad. But purchasing a significant asset in a foreign country in a different currency comes with a particular set of complexities. If you are buying a house abroad, in Italy or in a country with a different currency, you should be aware that you could lose significant amounts of money due to the bank charges on both your side and the receiver’s side, and also due to the fluctuating exchange rate. There are large amounts to be saved or lost when transfering the money in order to buy a property, depending on the service you use.

Whether you buy or sell property in Italy, or in other countries and you are paying in a different currency, you're paying a cost for converting those amounts from one currency to another. For this reason we recommend our clients to ask the advice of a company with expertise in this sector instead than simply transfer the money from their own bank account in the U.S.A. or in the UK to a bank account in Italy.

International property purchases, and the financial transactions that go with it, require specialist brokerage services that make the process straightforward and secure, and get the best possible deal in a world of fluctuating exchange rates.

With an account manager that is on hand throughout the process from start to finish, clients can access expert guidance and service from a foreign exchange specialist that understands the client’s needs and has a constant eye on the market to lock in the best deals possible.

In the past years we have worked with many international clients who have opted to work with specialist companies to avoid losing money on exchange rate and international transfer fees.

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With the property market on hold and in-person house viewings suspended, many agents are offering online viewings instead – but would you buy or rent a home you’ve never seen in person?

Read here the true experiences of three American couples who have dared to buy in Italy during lockdown and travel ban.

Yes, We Purchased Two Houses Through
a Video Call

2020 has been a challenging time for the world due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In early 2020, many states in the U.S. were shutdown with a stay-at-home order in effect. During that time, we decided to look at homes in Europe via the Internet. Italy was at the top of our list because we had recently visited and because we love the history, culture and traditions of the Italian people. Pat and I are both of European descent, Me from Italy and Pat from Spain.

The main reason we were looking to invest in Italy is we began to see a declining stock market in the U.S. and wanted to invest our money in Real Estate. This enabled us to seek a great opportunity for a return on our investment along with an amazing country to visit. Purchasing during the pandemic, we were able to find many properties with reduced prices, creating great value for us. We also were driven by the accessibility to the rest of Europe by Italy’s central location.

In the beginning, we conducted hours, days and weeks of research on the process of purchasing property in Italy. We discovered many laws, rules and regulations which needed to be followed. The process is very different from the U.S. At first, we were hesitant but the more we learned about the process the more comfortable we felt.

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Back in March, when Italy started its first very strict lockdown, I thought that 2020 was going to be a very quiet year with no clients and no sales; As I am a positive person by nature, I started to focus on other aspects of my job: finding new beautiful houses to put on the market, writing nice blogs for our readers, catching up with the always neglected boring admin jobs.

At the same time, I wanted to give people abroad the possibility to carry-on dreaming about their house in Italy and start planning for the future, also as a “therapy of happiness” during the various lockdowns around the world and continuous bad news from the media.

I thought we could give our clients the possibility to visit their favorite houses remotely from their homes, through a Video Call during which they could walk around the house, ask to stop and see a particular detail, ask to look at the view from a window or just have a little walk in the neighborhood to breath in the atmosphere of the town.

Today’s technology makes it possible and easy, so why not?

I did not expect to sell houses this way. I simply considered it as a little service for those people who were planning to eventually visit in person and also as a good way to start narrowing down their list of favorite properties.

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