ABRUZZO REALITY works as part of a qualified real estate agency, providing complete property services for our overseas clients. We offer extensive property search and purchase services, as well as full after-sales assistance and property management services. We provide all the supplementary support you need when buying a property abroad, including helping to arrange accommodation for your trips to Italy, travel advice and easing you through Italian bureaucracy.
ABRUZZO REALITY can offer you a comprehensive package, taking all the hassle out of buying a house abroad. We understand, from personal experience, how daunting it can be, which is why we will be beside you every step of the way, from the initial search for your dream home, through to helping you with renovation, maintenance and even rental of your Italian property. Alternatively, you can pick and choose from the services that we offer.
PROPERTY SEARCH AND PURCHASE SERVICES
We can start the search for your dream Italian home, before you have even arrived in Italy, helping you save a lot of time and energy and giving you more time to enjoy your holiday and the delights of Abruzzo. We will listen to your property requirements, taking time to prepare a viewing itinerary especially suited to you.
We can organize your accommodation for your trips to Italy and help you with the booking. Once you arrive, we will accompany you on all viewings to the properties, and do everything we can to make your stay enjoyable and stress-free.
Our ambition is to offer you a personal and yet professional service, supervising every stage of the buying process, providing advice, administration and translation. We can arrange a complete legal service, plus mortgage advisor and surveyor. We can even save you money by introducing you to our recommended foreign exchange expert. We will keep in regular contact with you, once you have returned home, updating you on all developments on the purchase of your property.
You can benefit from our pre-sales assistance at no extra cost to you. You will only pay the standard estate agency fee when you buy your property, with no hidden extras for our services.
AFTER-SALES & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/RENTAL SERVICES
Once you have the keys to your new Italian house in your hand, we won't desert you. We know that this is the time you may need the most help, in making your new property your HOME.
We can assist you with everything from paperwork to advice on where to buy furniture. We understand that you may not be able to spend much time at your Italian house and we can oversee works, carry out regular checks and keep your property maintained.
If you are planning on renting out your house, we can provide a complete service - everything from cleaning and gardening, to advising you on advertising your holiday home. We can even manage your bookings for you.
If you already own a property in Abruzzo, why not take advantage of our comprehensive property management services? Whether you're planning a renovation, renting out your property, or simply wanting to make the most of your precious holiday time, let us ease the worries that can accompany ownership abroad.
We would like to say a huge thank you for all of your help and support in helping us buy our dream home here in Italy; you walked us through every step of the way.
The service you and Abruzzo Reality provide is first class as well as your ongoing after sales service. It is hard to believe we’ve been living here for over four years now and not being fluent in Italian, it’s still great to know you are always there whenever we need your help and support. We know we can rely on you and you always have a friendly, professional approach, so we’ve always felt secure in dealing with someone who speaks the same language. That is a really important factor, especially when buying a property abroad. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone.
Once again a very special thank you, Tracey, we both know we couldn’t have done it without you!
While searching for our dream house in Italy, we “shortlisted” a long list of about 30 houses in various parts of Abruzzo. More than half of the houses were from Abruzzo Reality, as Tracey was one of the few real estate agents that responded to us, and promptly too. We met different real estate agents during our house-hunting trip. Tracey and Vincenzo stood out as they patiently listened to our requirements (and we were rather fussy about what we wanted!) and brought us to see the different houses. We read about the Daunting process of buying a house in Italy and different websites tell you different things. We were glad we could leave everything to Tracey and Vincenzo! They made the whole process so much easier as we had to go back to work and could not travel to Italy as often as we would have liked. After signing for our dream house, Tracey and Manolo (the do-it-all handyman) helped us with everything from cleaning the house, dealing with the utility company, to getting the house painted. We really appreciate their help!
"Can’t thank you enough for all your help. We are now Italian house owners! The people have all been so friendly and we are looking forward to getting know our new neighbours and coming back to see you. Arriverderci, but not for long!"
We have moved from the USA to Montefino in the Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy. By shear luck we googled Abruzzo properties and found Abruzzo Reality and Tracey! She and her colleagues were the most accommodating team that we could have asked for. Tracey speaks both fluent Italian and English so there has been no concern for a misunderstanding in translation. We incurred some daunting trials while acquiring our Elective Visas and Tracey went above and beyond the call of duty to assist us. If you are in the market for a home in Abruzzo, Abruzzo Reality is a must!
“Tracey, who works with a reliable Abruzzo estate agent through whom we purchased our property, was so incredibly helpful in guiding us through the bureacracy of Italian property purchase: in her safe hands, we didn't encounter any problems, and it all seemed straightforward. And now she is providing an excellent property management service: totally flexible, reliable, and not expensive: it just takes away all those little worries that you inevitably have when you're not actually there. It is so useful when someone knows a trustworthy builder, plumber or carpenter. We consider ourselves so fortunate.
We find few people in the UK have even heard of Abruzzo, let alone know where it is in Italy! It is simply glorious, it is "real" Italy, still (thank goodness) undeveloped, un-touristy and cheap. If you have children, like us, they are loved and spoiled. Go to Abruzzo, and see for yourselves! Tracey will give you the warmest welcome.”
Tracey made buying a property in Abruzzo a quicker and easier process than buying property in the UK. We viewed in July and moved in November. She arranged appropriate viewings and was prepared to drive us to several properties with return visits when required. We stopped occasionally for coffee and pizza and a chat about the steps necessary, to make sure everything was done legally and ensure our peace of mind. Tracey is an invaluable link between non- Italian speakers and the authorities involved in buying here. She arranged Codice Fiscale's, bank accounts, money transfers, notaio's, geometra's etc and also arranged work we wanted done at the house before we moved in. She even personally cleaned the house before we moved in and bought us the essentials of at least wine to see us through the first night after a long drive from North Wales. Most communications were via email, always prompt, truthful and courteous. After we had moved in and during that very unsure period she was available by phone or email to help and support us when dealing with utility companies, Sky TV and practically anything we asked of her. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend using the friendly and professional services of Abruzzo Reality.
From the moment we began working with Tracey, we knew we had found someone extraordinary that would make our house-buying experience as smooth as it possibly could be, considering we were interested in buying a house on a different continent, in a country where we didn’t speak the language. Her warm personality and amazing work ethic, when combined with her knowledge of the Abruzzo region, make her simply the perfect realtor to work with when buying a home there. We had countless questions for her throughout the process, for which she provided answers via e-mail or telephone almost immediately, regardless of time zone differences. There were also many challenges with the bank that provided our home loan that Tracey resolved through perseverance and 100% dedication to our best interests. When we met her in person, our initial impression was solidly reinforced; we instantly felt at ease with her, as if she was part of our new family abroad. We honestly don’t know if we could have succeeded in buying our dream home in Italy without her, and continue to depend on her and trust her fully with other business opportunities to this day. We couldn’t be more pleased with her work. We also cannot say GRAZIE MILLE enough to our dear friend Tracey Nicholas for making all of it possible, and for making it a fantastic experience!!
"Tracey and Pete are our key holders, and have been invaluable. Not only preparing for and meeting guests, but also arranging for tradesmen to carry out maintenance and repairs. They have been a great help in paying bills for us, which requires an understanding of the language that we do not have. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to other property owners in the area."
After having our apartment up for sale for a couple of years with no result, we were recommended to contact Tracey by friends, as she had helped with their sale. We cannot thank and praise her enough as she instantly went into action to advertise and find us a buyer. The whole process was completed quickly and professionally and what we thought would be a complete headache went very smoothly. Tracey dealt with the whole process from viewings, booking the Notary and arranging to have all the utility bills transferred in to the new owners names. We would like to thank the whole team for their excellent service.
We first met Tracey and Pete in 2007 when we started our search for our holiday home and, 8 years on, we can honestly say that they have supported us every step of the way and we have no hesitation in recommending them to assist you in finding your home, steering you through the buying process and managing your property. The house is spotless when we arrive for our holiday and the garden is tidy. We know that we can trust everything to be done on time and that gives us great peace of mind. Over the years we have had builders, plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators working at our house, renovating and maintaining the property and Tracey has been invaluable sorting everything out for us, without any fuss and keeping us informed.
Bills are paid on time, any queries are dealt with efficiently and if we have guests staying at the house, Tracey and Pete meet and greet them. We know that we can ask for any shopping or any errands to be done at any time. Really cannot fault the service that they provide.
Finding a house in Italy was no easy task as we had no idea of an area to choose, let alone a town or city! After searching for a few months and following a couple of visits, we came across Tracey and Vincenzo through another agency we were viewing with, and after a very short space of time, we switched agencies. Lo and behold, they found us the perfect place to live! Tracey listened to our criteria completely and some of the things we were asking for weren’t easy to come by in the city we chose - Penne - but after searching on our behalf, we have now taken possession of our beautiful new Italian apartment! Tracey and Vincenzo organised all the legal work for us too, so all we needed to do was to arrive at the Notary office and sign a few documents. It was so easy and totally stress free! We kept in contact with Abruzzo Reality the whole time - asking questions, raising silly points about Italian life and legalise, and each time Tracey was able to assure us that there would be no problems - and she was right! We are back in the UK at the moment but heading out in September when her after sales Manager, Manolo, will be taking control of helping set up bank accounts in Italy together with going through all the documentation that is needed to set up payments for the apartment utilities. We thoroughly recommend Abruzzo Reality - the service has been second to none - and we are hoping that the journey we travelled together to find our new home has made us firm friends for the future when we are living there.
"We cannot sing the praises of Tracey sufficiently highly. She has taken all of the worry out of the house purchasing process in Italy. She has been trustworthy, thorough and reliable throughout. Tracey is a gentle, intuitive translator, active project manager and industrious agent. We have made significant savings by entrusting the whole process to Tracey. Without having the confidence to make this leap of faith we could never have operated so effectively, or economically from so great a distance.
The inevitable unfamiliarity with the Italian property house buying market proved potentially daunting. Informed advice is crucial and is provided in abundance."
We have known Tracey and Pete for several years as our right hand people in the Abruzzo. It would have proved extremely difficult if not impossible to manage renovations and ongoing work to our holiday home without them. Tracey has been consistently diligent, efficient and organized in her work, whether it be getting plumbers and builders in and overseeing work done, paying bills or managing holiday guest requests, changeovers, trips to and from the airport, with Pete doing gardening, maintenance and painting. They are always willing, always quick to respond via email or phone, with plenty of initiative and suggestions.
We cannot recommend them highly enough. You will not regret your decision should you choose them …we certainly never have and count them now as friends as well.
We've been using Tracey's property management service for almost 10 years now and don't know how we would have managed without her. Living in the U.S. and visiting only once or twice a year, we've needed to rely on Tracey to manage repairs, take care of bills and coordinate all aspects of renting our little house. It's a relief to not need to worry about things and just be able to relax and enjoy ourselves when we visit. Most importantly, everything is handled in a pleasant and congenial manner. I couldn't recommend her more highly.
We entered into the Italian property market on a bit of a whim and with little knowledge. Tracey immediately impressed us by the responsive way she answered our initial queries and provided us with really helpful advice on geographical areas to consider. We booked a couple of long weekends in Abruzzo and Tracey could not do enough for us in organising viewings and ferrying us from house to house. Tracey was accompanied by Vincenzo who originates from Abruzzo and together they make an impressive and knowledgeable Anglo-Italian partnership. They were always realistic about the merits and weaknesses of each property and we never felt under any pressure from either of them at any time. They clearly just wanted to find the right property for us and approached this with great integrity and dedication. We learned a lot about Abruzzo from them and did eventually find a wonderful property, completing the sale in May 2016. Tracey held our hand throughout the process, arranging the survey and the notary and responding immediately to any issues whenever they arose. This high quality attentive service did not stop once we had taken possession of the property and Tracey continued to help out with organising energy supplies and fuel bills.
We would now regard Vincenzo and Tracey as our first Abruzzo friends. We often had meals together during our house hunting and we now take every opportunity to catch up with them when we return to the holiday home they found for us. We feel very lucky we stumbled on Abruzzo Reality!
We have been using the client services from ‘Abruzzo Reality’, i.e. Tracey and Peter, for the past 7 years and in that time not only have they provided us with a reliable and professional service they have gone above and beyond what has been required of them, managing both the property and the utilities.
Having someone with both the local language and knowledge of local contacts to get any work we require completed has been invaluable, and knowing that someone is local to our property is very reassuring. Not sure what we would do without their indispensable help and service, which are much appreciated.
We were looking at houses in Abruzzo for quite some time as we were quite fussy on what we wanted and it had to be within a specific budget. Apart from this, our requirements changed a lot over the period we were looking at houses. Despite this we have to say Tracey and colleagues were always there to help out, and even show us a few house we insisted on seeing when they knew quite well they were not suitable for us. The house we eventually purchased was one they brought to our attention, when they did we named it the "prison house", which shows how impressed we were, and of course how wrong! During the purchase and since (now 4 years on) Tracey has helped us (and still does) not only sort out our problems and get jobs done, but also provide great guidance and encouragement to do things ourselves.
We are now the happy owners of a beautiful house in Abruzzo.
We came to Abruzzo for the first time, knowing that we love Italy and having talked to Tracey once, we soon realized that she understood our brief better than we perhaps did ourselves.
We not only enjoyed her professional service, both during the search and all the following admin work, but also the friendly manner in which it was delivered.
We would have no reservations in recommending Abruzzo Reality to anyone that would like to buy a property in Abruzzo.
After struggling to buy a house in Abruzzo for over a year, Abruzzo Reality made it happen for us. They turned out to be very helpful in ensuring we did not have any surprises and easing the, sometimes, arduous process of buying a house. They really pushed the boat out; sorting out difficulties with land boundaries and in particular, after purchase, they were very helpful in introducing us to a wide range of local craftsmen and builders to ensure we had a choice of who refurbished the property. We couldn't have asked for more, they supported us all along the way and were transparent and straightforward in all the negotiations. We would have likely given up long ago if it were not for their support!
From the word go we were impressed by Tracey's professionalism. She focused on exactly the type of property we wanted, not what she had to sell. Tracey spent a lot of time with us and offered much practical advice and we secured a perfect house meeting all our requirements. In addition, Tracey provided all the necessary information on Italian property law and much else besides about local issues. The whole process moved very smoothly to completion with Tracey and her colleagues always there to clarify any issues. A first class operation.