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360-degree property tours with video chat amid coronavirus outbreak

360-degree house tours with video chat amid coronavirus outbreak. Visit properties without moving from your home. Read more.

Character Italian palazzo beautifully restored, in Molise.

Italian palazzo beautifully restored for sale, with garden and terrace. Located in Castelmauro, Molise region of Italy.

Fantastic palazzo of 350 sqm with terrace, garden and unique authentic vintage details. Conservative renovation. 130.000 €. View Property.

Lovely restored country house with character, near the coast.

Beautifully restored stone country house for sale: three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo, Italy.

Three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo. 189.000 €. View Property.

Charming apartment with terrace for sale in Molise, Italy.

Elegant apartment of 120 sqm with terrace for sale, situated in an historic building, in Molise region of Italy.

Beautiful elegant apartment of 120 sqm with terrace, situated in an aristocratic building dated back to the beginning of the 1800s. 65.000 €. View Property.

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How to Buy Properties Overseas During Covid - Testimonials

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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.

A Video Tour has proved to be cheaper and faster than travelling in person to a different country to visit numerous houses that might not fit in with a tight schedule for some reason. It’s a perfect way to select the properties you really like, and then physically visit only those that have passed the test.

So in May we started with the first video tours. You can’t believe my emotion during the first one as I really felt that I was giving someone the possibility to visit a place while being confined to a sofa during lockdown. Slowly but surely I started to receive offers for properties visited just through a video tour, I was somewhat surprised, although not too much!

Life goes on at the end of the day!

Especially for our US clients, a Video Tour is much more convenient than travelling to Italy to buy a cheap house in Abruzzo or Molise.

Now in November, while facing a second wave of Covid and a second strict lockdown, I thought about all those clients that purchased a house through a Video Tour during spring and summer and asked some of them to share their unique amazing experience with our readers.

The topics they were required to cover are listed below:

  • Why you decided to buy a property in Italy and why during the pandemic.

  • How you felt during the process of buying without having actually seen the property. Were you scared? Did you feel comfortable/uncomfortable?

  • What can you tell us about your experience and your feelings during the process?

  • Also how do you feel now that you own a property in Italy but you have not physically seen it yet?

  • We want to hear your story with all the good and the bad aspects...

Well, here below you can read the first of the many testimonials we received, more will follow in the next few weeks, so keep tuned in with us and get to know the people who have bought a house in Italy during the pandemic.

While The World Stands Still, We Move

2019 was nonstop. A whirlwind of touring across the United States — playing over 70 concerts at live venues, restaurants and festivals, and showcasing at a high-profile songwriters conference in Colorado. We had just released our new album, “The Coronado Kid, Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack),” and we were finally getting a great return on investment after 3 years of building our creative brand both on and offline.

By the end of that year, we wanted nothing more than to spend Christmas sitting in our house eating ice cream and watching Netflix. Our 2020 calendar was completely booked out on three continents, which made enjoying a brief moment of calm together on the sofa all the sweeter. Little did we know that just a few months later, the entire world would be forced to sit in their homes eating ice cream and watching Netflix.

We are DAN & OCEAN, an Americana, soul and jazz music duo with Chicago origins. Two composers playing multiple instruments and performing our original music all over the world. That is, until COVID-19 made other plans. All 75 of our U.S. concerts scheduled through August? Cancelled. Hopes for our European tour kicking off in Germany in September? Totally dashed on July 1 by the ongoing EU travel ban for U.S. citizens. And to top off these less than delicious developments, our December trip to Japan is a no-go until God-knows-when 2021.

We held out hope that U.S. cases would decrease, but instead they continue to skyrocket almost a year later. Bad faith political arguments, blatant public health defiance, and a total absence of goodwill for all citizens. This led us both to the realization that the United States is just too ideologically backwards and willfully ignorant to move forward in truth together. All the performed tolerance and politeness in the world won’t change that.

We found ourselves exploring our little town on Google Maps street view, watching the property tour videos on repeat, and imagining all of the possibilities for the space.

Before the pandemic, we were already seeking a quieter more soulful avenue for our love and personal interests to flourish. No longer having the exciting countercultural vibe of live music to offset the massive decline in our midst, we started to seriously reevaluate our lifestyle. There is so much more to life than taking the American “deal” that may or may not end in the American “dream.” Going where we would be treated best became our primary mission, and we feel decidedly better for arriving at this conclusion in 2020.

After researching countries open to foreign investment and residency, we were suddenly struck with the most obvious and perfect choice for us: Italy! My family comes from the Pescara province of Abruzzo, and visiting 11 years ago was a life-changing experience. We reached out to Monia Di Guilmi on July 2 after finding our future home on the Abruzzo Rural Property website. She gave us a virtual tour of the property on July 8 over a video call — focusing on every little detail we asked to see up close. It was love at first sight!

We found ourselves exploring our little town on Google Maps street view, watching the property tour videos on repeat, and imagining all of the possibilities for the space. How we could decorate the rooms, color schemes, the layout of our multipurpose studio / office, and what sort of cat we might like to have join us. We made our offer to the sellers on July 11 and were officially the new owners by October 1. When you know, you just know.

Sure. The idea of buying a property without physically setting foot in it may seem quite unbelievable to some people. Let me explain. First, the super reasonable price tag was an undeniable deal any day of the week. Second, it was “actually” move-in ready and fully furnished with working appliances. Third, the location was closer to the beach than we could ever dream of anywhere in the United States for the price. The choice was clear.

Already being accustomed to living and working remotely with laptops and wifi makes rural life perfect for us. And since we are not trees, we know that we can move anytime for any reason. What scares us infinitely more than buying a house we have never been to, is the regret we would have felt for missing our window of opportunity. We went for it and hope that more people are inspired to consider mobility in the future.

If you would like to know more about who we are and what we do, we invite you to visit: www.danandocean.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at: @danandocean.

By Dan DiMonte
Bisbee, AZ - USA