Retire Overseas Conference Orlando 27th / 30th of August

Conference Live and Invest Overseas – 
Orlando 27th / 30th of August 2017

This year ARP will participate to the annual conference of Live and Invest Overseas in Orlando, Florida. More info.

Habitable country house with land and olive grove, Molise.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita, Molise, Italy.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita. 70.000 €. View Property.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa close to Palmoli, Italy.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa surrounded by one hectare of land close to Palmoli, Abruzzo.

Beautiful restored old stone villa with one hectare of land, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. 185.000 €. View Property.

Beautiful villa with sea view. Montenero di Bisaccia. Molise.

Beautiful villa with breath-taking view of the Adriatic sea, Majella mountain and rolling hills. Molise, Italy.

Beautiful villa. 370 sqm of habitable space surrounded by 1.500 sqm garden. 350.000 €. View Property.

Life in Abruzzo. Events and Traditions.

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 Once you’ve found a home you want to buy, the next step is to make an offer, usually through an estate agent. There are no restrictions on foreign ownership in Italy.

Offer:

When you find the right property in Italy you can place an offer. If the offer is accepted by the owner of the property, Abruzzo Rural Property will collect all the document related to the house.

The most important documents are:

  • Titles documents
  • Floor plans and land maps
  • Energy certification

There might be other documents required by the notary. We will provide to the notary all the documents he asks for. The notary will check all the documents, if everything is in order he will issue an estimate. The estimate will include: Notary fee, purchase taxes, registration taxes.

When the notary gives his approval, and issues an estimate the buyer can choose to have a technical survey. The survey is not a mandatory document, it is not required by the notary. Nevertheless, the buyer might want to have it to be sure about the state of house. A survey can be provided by any registered surveyor, architect or engineer.

Preliminary agreement:

At this point after the approval of the notary and after the satisfactory outcome of the survey if the buyer decides to have one done, Abruzzo Rural Property can proceed to write a preliminary agreement.

The preliminary agreement is a pre-purchase contract where we will state:

  • Terms and conditions of the purchase
  • Buyers and vendors’ data
  • Property cadastral data
  • Price of the property

The preliminary agreement must be registered at the Agenzia delle Entrate to be an official contract. If the preliminary agreement is not registered, it’s value is reduced to a mere agreement amongst two people. When the buyer and the vendor will both have signed the preliminary agreement, the buyer must send a deposit of the 10% of the final purchase price. The deposit can be sent directly to the owner of the house or to the real estate agency that is handling the sale.

Usually the completion’s time after the signing of the preliminary agreement is two or three months. It is possible to complete the sale in shorter time or longer time according to buyer’s and vendor’s need. The terms of the sale will be stated in the preliminary agreement and will have to be respected. The preliminary agreement can be signed from abroad and sent by email. But two original copies with original signatures will have to be posted to Abruzzo Rural Property that will take care of the registration process.

Final Signing - Deed of sale:

The final signing will take place at a notary office here in Italy. To sign the final deed the buyer will have to be present, or he will have to sign a power of attorney in favour of the real estate agent or any other people who can attend the signing.

On the day of the final signing the buyer must complete all the payments: to the owner of the house, to the notary and to the agency.

On the date of the final signing the buyer will receive the keys of the house and will become the new owner of it.

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 Have you ever thought about buying a house in Italy but always thought it was expensive or simply have just not bothered because of the short time you would eventually spend there?

After all, why spend lots of money on buying a house in Italy when realistically you could pop over for a visit just once or twice a year?

Fair enough, this is true, but I invite you to consider the many unique special deals on offer at the moment, with houses in the Abruzzo region for just 15.000, 10.000 euro or even less. The big news is that houses, at such low prices, do not necessarily require a lot of restoration work.

Some of them are in need of internal restoration like a new bathroom, new electric system, new windows and various sorts of refurbishments to make them comfortable and attractive. However, the actual structure and roof are always in good condition and the utilities such as water, electricity and main sewerage are always connected.

There are many characteristic town houses with lovely traditional arch doors and vaulted ceilings. These vaulted ceilings are usually painted in white, but beneath the white plaster, incredibly beautiful cotto bricks and iron beams are to be found and large stones, lying under the thick walls covered in plaster of these houses, can easily be exposed to create a much sought after, cosy, rustic style which you are bound to have come across in Home and Interior Design magazines.

Below some photos of restored houses with original features.

These houses always avail of fireplaces which are in good condition and can be used to heat the house, create a cosy atmosphere in winter and also to cook food. Fireplaces do not really need any work done apart from cleaning the chimneys from time to time, as they may not have been used for years. Sometimes these houses avails of traditional wood oven for pizza or bread.

Another characteristic of these houses are the traditional wooden shutters, usually painted in white or pale blue, but they can be sandblasted to recover their original wood colour.

These places situated in characteristic small hill top villages, which only require a small amount of money for restoration, can easily be rented out to tourists as romantic nests once renovated. Not many house owners are to be found in these villages who rent their houses to foreign tourists as usually these properties belong to elderly people who neither speak English nor use the internet.

These hill top villages are completely unspoiled with breath-taking panoramic views, offering genuine km O food, excellent olive oil and local wine like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at just 2,00 euro a litre. What more could you ask for as a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend far away from the noisy madding crowd.

Want to see what you can buy for 15.000,00 euro or less?
Check out some of our links below…

Best bargain properties

  • Character stone house for sale in Italy

    Character stone house with lake view. Bomba.

    Price: € 125.000

    Beautiful stone house full of character, with unique details and best quality finishing. Terrace with lake view. Bomba.

    Property details:

    • House measures 140 sqm plus terrace
    • Exposed stone, vaulted and roman ceilings, wooden floor
  • Italian historic palace for sale in Colledimezzo

    Elegant palace dated back to the eighteenth century.

    Price: € 300.000

    Large historic palace of over 500 sqm in Colledimezzo, near a lake. The roof has been rebuilt and is completly new. The structure is in perfect conditions.

    Property details:

    • 500 sqm
    • Needs light internal cosmetic works and it has to be re-wired
  • Character stone house for sale in Italy

    Antique building character house in Salcito.

    Price: € 35.000

    Very large town house in the town of Salcito, in a period palace dated back to the eighteen century. No restoration required.

    Property details:

    • 232 sqm
    • Four wine cellar, balconies, original fireplace and vintage details
  • Traditional Italian townhouse for sale in Furci

    Traditional town house in Furci.

    Price: € 25.000

    Traditional town house in Furci, Abruzzo. Made of stone, with vaulted ceilings, cotto tiles, traditional wood burning oven and balcony.

    Property details:

    • 168 sqm
    • Internally the house needs some light renovation and cosmetic works

It goes without saying, please feel free to contact Abruzzo Rural Property for any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

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Italian hill town of Tufillo in Abruzzo

 Retiring to Abruzzo is ideal for those who are looking for a quiet retirement. This region, where the north of Italy meets the south, is one of the most beautiful in the country, is very unspoiled and has beautiful countryside to offer as well as a wealth of leisure facilities. The region looks ancient with its Medieval towns clinging to hillsides and tucked into hidden crevices in forgotten peaks. The inland part of the region is home to many small towns and villages and property is very reasonably priced there. Most of the towns in the region are not large and have a good mix of traditional living and modern life, as good shopping facilities and leisure amenities. Many of the buildings are centuries old, but there are also some new developments.

All inland towns and villages offer a continuous calendar of events like historical pageants, patron saint festivals, open-air dances, folklore performances, concerts and culinary stands. Every season of the year, every city and town sees in Abruzzo a never-ending succession of traditional festivities and folkloristic celebrations, which engage whole communities. The origins of these rituals are often very ancient, and in them genuine Christian devotion and pagan worship have been blended together from time immemorial.

Tufillo is a small Mediaeval village perched on top of a hill, in Abruzzo region, immersed in nature. It is located at an altitude of 557 meters and it counts about 400 inhabitants. It is a very peaceful and quiet place, ideal for those who want to relax. People here are friendly and hospitable.

Street in Tufillo, province of Chieti, Abruzzo
Church of St. Giusta in Tufillo, Abruzzo
Roman fountain in Tufillo, Abruzzo region

Tufillo is situated at 28 km from the Trabocchi coast in the Adriatic coast and from the motor way A-14. The ski slope of Roccaraso is just one hour away. The closest train station is Vasto–San Salvo situated at 30 km from Tufillo. The train station is linked to Pescara where the Abruzzo airport is situated.

Tufillo has prehistoric origins, confirmed by many remains of buildings in its territory and the discovery of archaeological finds. The historic town center goes back to the Middle Age. Here there are many stone buildings and old monuments such as the main church of Santa Giusta, built in 1758 and connected to the marquis Bassano Palace, or the small church of San Vito. The square, Piazza Fuori Porta, is a meeting place for the inhabitants and the center of the social life of the village. Here we find a bar, a delicatessen and the pharmacy. Everything in Tufillo is within walking distance, such as the post office, shops and the traditional market where you can buy meat, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables. In the Palace of Marquis of Bassano, now the headquarter of the municipal office, there is an Archaeological Museum where you can find the “Key of the goddess Herentas”, dating back to the V century BC, which displays a dedication to Herentas, the Oscan counterpart of Venus (herettates súm agerllúd: “I belong to Herentas [and was given] by Agerllu”). The Oscan is an extinct Indo-European language of southern Italy and was spoken by a number of tribes, including the Samnites, an ancient Italic people who lived in Samnium, in south-central Italy.

Key of the goddess Herentas

According to a legend, the ancient village was situated on the mount Farano and an invasion of huge ants forced the inhabitants to move further down. In fact, on the Mount Farano are the ruins of an ancient settlement and they have been investigated by archeologists during the last years.

Tufillo is rich in old traditions with pagan origins mixed with catholic beliefs. The main event is “the Farchia”: on Christmas Eve, the young men of the village make a big heavy bundle of wood, which is around 20 meters long, and transport it through the streets of the old town, by their hands, stopping only at some points set up with cakes and wine. From the church of St. Vito to the main church of St. Giusta the journey continues until midnight, when the wood is blessed in front of the Church. Then they burn it to light the most important night of the year and all the inhabitants celebrate the Night of Christmas Eve by singing traditional Christmas carols.

Young men of the village transporting the Farchia through the streets of the old town
Burning the Farchia the Night of Christmas Eve in Tufillo
 

The "pizz’a figlitt" is the most known traditional food of Tufillo, a sort of pizza bread seasoned with sweet red paprika and sometimes filled with pork crackling. The cavatelli pasta in a sausage ragout is another traditional dish; Cavatelli is a traditional southern Italian pasta shape and you can try them during the famous “Cavatelli Festival” on the 11th of August. For carnival, you can try "lu cangaron", a kind of cheese salami filled with a mixture of cheese, eggs, almonds, livers and raisins. And do not forget the quality of the local olive oil, directly from family-owned producers, freshly pressed olive oil.

The pizz’a figlitt with sweet red paprika. Traditional food of TufilloThe pizz’a figlitt filled with pork crackling. Traditional food of Tufillo
Making homemade cavatelli for the cavatelli festival in TufilloLocal tomatoes for the sausage ragout of cavatelli
Homemade cavatelli from TufilloBoiling water for pasta in the cavatelli festival in Tufillo
 

Shops in Tufillo: grocery store, pharmacy, bakery, bar, restaurant, post office, hairdresser and a shop that sells household products.

Towns nearby:

  • Palmoli is 9 km far from Tufillo.
  • Dogliola is 5 km far from Tufillo.
  • Montemitro is 10 km far from Tufillo.
  • Mafalda is 17 km far from Tufillo.
  • Vasto is 36 km far from Tufillo.

Airports nearby:

  • Pescara is 106 km far from Tufillo.
  • Naples is 155 km far from Tufillo.
  • Rome is 235 km far from Tufillo.

Many overseas property buyers are looking at Abruzzo as the area is not yet as popular as Tuscany and Umbria and properties are therefore cheaper, particularly if you are prepared to renovate. It is a fact that a property in Abruzzo can be up to 50% cheaper than in Tuscany. Many overseas property buyers are choosing the area for investment properties as well as second homes and there are bargains to be found for those who want commercial properties.

Abruzzo Rural Property has sold several properties in Tufillo to foreign clients. Below the testimonials of clients that bought property in Tufillo.

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Colosseum in Rome

 When it comes to global locations for expats to consider making home, Italy is one country that is simply incomparable to other countries around the world. Whether you are thinking about Italy because of the chance to see some of the prestigious artwork by notable artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello or Leonardo da Vinci, or you want to live in a country with a thriving aura of romance, a diverse culture and amazing people, Italy is a wonderful choice for those who want a lifestyle that centers on having a wide array of things to do from one day to the next. Museums, restaurants, historical buildings and castles to tour as well as the world’s most brilliant architecture abounds throughout the entire country.

When planning a move, especially an overseas move to Italy, be prepared to work with a fully licensed Italian real estate agent to find a home to stay in when you arrive. This is necessary whether you plan to rent a home or try to purchase one. A realtor will help you find what you want and can help you stay within the budget you have prepared to spend on rental accommodations, basic utilities and home amenities including guest bedrooms and furnishings if needed. Take note that if a rental home is listed as unfurnished, this typically means nothing will be inside, including appliances. Many expats moving to Italy choose to pack lightly and leave their large furnishings behind as it can be very expensive to ship furniture and large items overseas. Renting a furnished home will usually allow you to have a bed, dresser, living room furniture and possibly a washing machine for your clothing.

Shipping Personal Property Over

Unless you plan to buy everything new, which is not a bad idea at all due to import cost, then you may need to have a few items shipped over once you find a home. Italy has some of the best clothing shops in the world, so you may want to pack lightly and start shopping for a new Italian wardrobe when you arrive. Prices on clothing in Italy is often far less expensive than you would find in the U.S. and it is simple to build a new wardrobe in a short time. Furnishings for a home such a bed, dresser and other basics are often included in a rental fee. This leaves sentimental items, computers or work related items and small items that you may need around your new home that may not be easy to replace in Italy.

To ship items to Italy, they must pass through customs and you will need to show some of the following paperwork before anything will be accepted:

  • Passport (A copy will suffice)
  • Work Permit
  • Residence Visa
  • Inventory list (Must be written in Italian and be approved ahead of time by the Italian Consulate)
  • Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
  • Power of Attorney to allow the shipper to arrange for customs clearance of your items
  • A residency certificate that shows the number of people in your family as well as their country of origin if they will be living in Italy
  • A consular declaration stating the time you will live in Italy
  • A permit to stay (Permesso a Soggiorno) issued by the Police Office Foreign Department
  • A statement showing you are moving and the value of the property you are shipping
  • Signed statement from your employer (if working) showing your work contract and the sate you will begin your job in Italy

You can ship personal items including clothing, dishes, household furniture and other small home goods without paying duties and taxes if you are planning to stay in Italy for at least one year and can show that you have owned the property for at least one year and you ship them within six months of your arrival.

Bringing a Car to Italy

While it can be quite expensive to ship a car to Italy, there are many people who find it beneficial as it will save time when traveling, cut costs on taxis and public transport and will be a convenience when you need to get from one place to another quickly. If you can wait for at least one year before you ship the car over, you can ship it duty free and save some money if you have owned it for at least six months and will use the car only for personal use in Italy. To bring a car over, you must hire a professional car shipper and will need to show the following documentation to customs:

  • Passport (A copy will suffice)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Driver’s License
  • International Insurance Policy (Green Card)
  • Paperwork from the car manufacturer showing car features and proof that the car has been conformed to EU requirements
  • Auto Insurance Policy from an Italian insurance agency
  • Title to vehicle
  • Registration to vehicle

While you can ship a car duty free once you have bene in Italy for a year, you will need to pay shipping costs and those can range between $2800 and $4700 depending on which area of the U.S. you are shipping from. You will also need to pay a Value-Added Tax (VAT) of around 22% to ship legally and clear customs.

Italy is not an inexpensive country to live in and many areas will be more expensive to reside than in the U.S., but due to the wealth of the country and the opportunities to expand your life with art, culture and a diversity in life uncommon in the U.S., the price is well worth the move if you can afford it. You can also find some very affordable cities in Italy, such as living in Abruzzo or other small cities, but taking time to work with your realtor to find the perfect home will be very important. Moving to Italy is also a great way to be part of a thriving community where life, love and family are important and where you can enjoy the finest foods and beverages in the world.

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