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Buying a house in Abruzzo

 We too would like to share our experience of, not only buying in Italy but also the very smooth process of buying through Abruzzo Rural Property and, in particular, our Agent, Monia.

My cousin and I have Italian blood running through our veins and so it was only natural that we both wanted to have our own little getaway in Italy if only to get back to our roots.

 We therefore started our search in early 2015 and saw 12 houses over two days before falling in love with our beautiful house in the small village of Tufillo with its breathtaking scenery and warm, welcoming people.

The “buying” process went so smoothly because we were in such safe hands with Monia. The way she just dealt with everything for us, from negotiating with the owners, signing the papers, meeting with the Notario, to handing over the keys and introducing us to our wonderful builders, in such a calm manner was just so helpful and we could not have done it without her. Everybody going through a similar process should have a “Monia” supporting them as you will not find anyone more efficient and professional than she is. She even took us to the bank to help us open up an Italian bank account – would we get that service from a property agent in the UK?  I don’t think so!

Anyway, nearly one year on and our house is almost complete so here are some photos below showing the house as it looked before, during the works and after:

Old and new facade
Old and new kitchen
Old and new second bedroom
Old and new master bedroom
Old and new bathroom
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From Iceland to Abruzzo: Why I bought a house in Colledimezzo?

 Our real estate agent Monia asked us if she could blog about us and the house on the hill in the little fairy village of Colledimezzo.

Of course it is our pleasure to share with everyone our experience of how it is to have one foot in Italy and one in Iceland. In our opinion Abruzzo is "a slice of heaven", we just love it!

We love the wonderful villages and the breathtaking views, the friendly people and their healthy attitude to life. The fresh and tasty food, its absurdly good. The lovely clean beaches that are not to crowded plus of course that which is most important for us Icelanders the good weather.

The first word you learn in Italy is "con calma" or slow down, in the beginning that was very difficult for two over stressed Icelanders!

We probably looked like mental patients to the villagers when we run up and down all the infinitely many steps from the house up to the bar many times a day even during the hottest hours of the day when no one was outside, to check out our e-mail and facebook status (the only internet connection is at the bar). In between painting doors, windows, walls and of course all the endless cleaning.

It's a good thing that I can speak Italian so that our dear neighbors, could tell us often enough to calm down, for us to actually learn to relax more and enjoy the moment.

When we first started looking for a summer house in Italy, I was very negative to search for a house in Abruzzo, the only thing I wanted to view was Toscana and preferably Florence. I accepted to go to Central Italy and see the villages just to please my husband.

I am very glad that I did !!

The first time we came to Colledimezzo it was raging rain through the whole time. Monia showed us the house that was going to be our summer house.

I strongly disliked it, I told my husband I will never go back to this house! I just don’t like it... luckily he did not listened to me, and took lots of photographs for me to view when we got home. Needless to say I fell completely in love with the house and the village.

Here below some photos of the house before, during and after the restoration works:

BEFORE:


DURING WORKS:


AFTER THE WORKS:

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Our house in Abruzzo

 Every time I think about it, which might be several times in a day I feel a warm glow inside. We are still probably not sure how it happened but here is what we can make out about the decision to buy a house in Abruzzo, Italy. The first point is that we like to go on holiday. Being complicated about these things we like some beach, some ‘culture’ lots of tradition and easily found good food. Also we never felt that we had lots of extra money so ‘good value’ was often high on the list too.

We were lucky to be invited to Corsica to spend a couple of weeks with friends a few years ago. The following  year we returned to the same general area but Sardinia this time – our friends joined us again. Sardinia was lovely and with direct flights from East Midlands (our local) airport it seemed like a good place to return to. In the end we thought we might like to see Rome the next year, though with two school age children we probably needed beach time too. So that time we flew to Rome, spent a couple of days there and then drove across the ‘boot’ to Abruzzo. We stayed in a small beach town in Chieti and it worked very well for us. We drove to Lanciano some evenings and enjoyed the summer festivals. The following year it seemed logical to return to the same spot, because we knew our way around a bit - and that is when the idea really took hold.

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Both busy with full time jobs and active boys a holiday was often part adventure, trying new places and restaurants and part relaxation. Sometimes we thought, it would be nice to just do the relaxation and save the adventure for other occasions. Having looked at property in Italy Abruzzo seemed like an extremely good deal. As we dreamed and contacted estate agents online we were impressed at how promptly Monia at Abruzzo Rural Property would answer our enquiries, with plain and simple answers. This went on for a while and we were unable to find the limit of her patience with our speculative enquiries. Some things changed in our lives and it became evident that if we were to stop dreaming and become serious then we might be able to afford something small, even if it was a tiny shack in the middle of a small olive grove.

Lentella

So then we began to be serious. We informed Monia that we would fly out to view some properties and the story began. We flew out last winter and spent two days with Monia and her outstanding English language skills, viewing properties. As patient as her emails, she took us to see all the places we had listed - spotted around different towns and villages in Chieti province. The second day of viewings was bright and sunny and that is when we saw ‘our house’.

A stone house with a dozen olive trees, in a small hilltop village. The view from the back of the house is jaw dropping yet serene, everything else is all we wanted and more. All four of us decided then and there that this one was it. Monia then spent the next few weeks helping us to negotiate a price, get all our paperwork organised, a bank account, a notary, a geometra and probably a hundred other vital things we didn’t even properly realise. Then on a balmy July evening this summer the deed was finalised in the notary’s office with the seller and her (it seemed) entire extended family present. It was a complicated contract where many of the family members had claims to bits of the land and house. The assembly of all the various people was a mammoth task to get right for the day and we didn’t have to lift a finger. The entire process could not have been smoother and Monia was astounding in her ability to get things done, yet always allow us to take our time with decisions and to clarify each part of the process until we were sure.

So now we are having some adjustments done to the house to make it fully ours and still Monia is by our side, helping to smooth the process and compensate for our lack of Italian language skills. Without Monia we would never have felt confident in buying in Italy. It was totally painless – in fact I think I can say it was really fun. Now we have a place to go to relax. We won’t get out there as much as we’d like - but in between we can always travel there in our imaginations.

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Story of a successful property purchase in Abruzzo.

  We always went to Italy for our holidays and loved the country. For several years I used to look at various property sites on the internet to get a feel of what you got for your money in the different regions.
In 2011 we spent 6 weeks travelling around Italy (also France, Spain and Malta) to make sure we definitely wanted to buy in Italy and then to settle on a region.

We decided upon southern Abruzzo and spent the next 6 months searching for the right property. We were looking for something to renovate as we had done this is the UK and it would be a project for us.

We nearly bought a charming house in the mountains but as on one trip it was under offer we found a complete ruin only one mile from the sea and a wonderful promenade. Then the one in the mountain came back on the market so we had a dilemma. We sat at the airport pondering the pros and cons of both but the one near the beach won and we have never regretted it....

Only 35 minutes from the airport and 2 miles from the motorway exit and you can even walk to the station. Also the weather seemed more settled there. Shops not far and the nearest large town only 10 minutes drive. We hit it lucky too with the estate agent's assistant who dealt with our sale. She was very proactive and kept us informed of progress all the way along.

We employed an italian solicitor in London and he dealt with all the legal side and selected the notary in Italy and the sale went through relatively smoothly. I would do this again as he acted solely for us whereas the notary acts for the state. The agent helped us with the codice fiscale and opening an Italian bank account. I researched and found a foreign currency broker, which has been great and hassle free in purchasing euros and transferring money over to wherever in Italy at a moments notice.

We made the offer in November, completed in person the following March and started the renovation in June. We used a local geometra to check out a few things for us and I think the one we found was exceptional, we asked about his past projects and he put us in touch with a previous client. He thoroughly recommended him and he turned out to be fantastic and transformed our ruin to one to move into in only six months.

Most of our communications was done by email with a couple of visits in between. He would send us regular updates with photos and we made stage payments via our foreign currency broker in the UK so we could transfer funds the same day.
My language skills are that of an intermediate but it has improved as the whole renovation was communicated in Italian. | think the secret of a successful renovation has been finding a trustworthy and competent geometra (who has since become a firm friend). He stuck to his estimate, any extras being changes we instigated.

The locals are so friendly and we have made several friends there already, mainly Italian but also expats like us. We have sourced things in local shops and that helps us integrate into the local village. We used someone found on an Abruzzo expat site to transport some furniture out.

We probably will spend about a third of our time there (we have our children and good friends in the UK, and wouldn't want to leave them permanently), sometimes going by car and the rest by plane, cheapflights are always available.


We love the beauty and variety of the region, rolling hills, mountains, agricultural landscapes, mountains, sea, climate of course.
We can ski in a resort which is only one hour away.
We retired just before the house was finished. We now have years to explore the many villages and towns nearby and venture to Naples, Rome and the south just a few hours away.


Starting from scratch with a ruin has been a challenge but so rewarding seeing the end result.

We now also have a new interest as we have a small vineyard and we are slowly learning about vitriculture with the help of the previous owner/farmer. My husband has just completed a course on vineyard maintenance at our local (UK) agricultural college. We have also started to have friends and family stay with us when we are there and doubtless to say the children will use the place more when they get their own families.

Stone house in Abruzzo
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