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 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.
Selling a house in Italy we had heard was always difficult and could take years. For us our sale was very smooth and very quick with Tracey and the Abruzzo Reality team. Numerous people to view within the first few weeks and all viewings handled without fuss and at our pace. A couple of offers handled very well and final sale that went through without a hitch. Great service!
In 2010 we (man, wife, 2 children and 2 dogs) had a very serious idea to move to Italy, permanently. With the promised work possibilities in mind we started our search for a nice place in the region ‘Abruzzo'. Due to all kinds of changes, we had to change plans from time to time. Changes in terms of budget, type of house, area within Abruzzo and last but not least we had to leave the idea to move permanently. At the end of 2016, we bought our second home near Castilenti, Abruzzo. A very nice situated house, exactly what we wanted regarding the moment in life.
Along the way, from 2010 until now, Tracey / Abruzzo Reality helped us with so much patience and empathy. We regularly visited Abruzzo and went to places and houses which on paper would fit our needs. Within a few minutes on site, Tracey could see and ‘feel’ if it would be a fit or not, and if not, we moved further in a very relaxed but professional way. A no-fit happened a lot and never was problem. Next time better, she kept on searching and helped us with tips and advice in between.
The ease of talking in English to a real estate broker who is multi lingual and is perfectly capable of translating it back and forward without lost of words or context is a very big plus. The network of Tracey is wide and diverse, good and reliable geometras, notarys and builders are part of her network and were very helpful for us, as new Italian home owners to quickly make the region ‘our own’.
We recommend Abruzzo Reality / Tracey highly when you want to find your home and way in, and around, Abruzzo.
Buying property in a foreign country can be intimidating without a trusted guide. Tracey is that person. We have worked with her since 2010. She helped us buy our first home in Abruzzo, and when it became to small, sold it for us and helped us buy a larger one. She also cares for our property and manages the necessary paperwork in our absence for very reasonable fees. She is high energy and clearly enjoys what she does, but what most impresses us is how she continually goes above and beyond what a normal estate agent would do to help with the many small things -- even those not directly property related. If you are looking to buy in Abruzzo, you can rely on Tracey to provide you honest service, good advice, and service long after the sale.
We had been looking for a while to find a house in Abruzzo, when we made an appointment with Tracey. What a relief. Where we thought we were well prepared and made a list with houses to visit, Tracey had a much better view on what we needed and wanted. It was love on first sight with the house she suggested.
Being a foreigner in Italy, we could use all the help we could get. Tracey and her colleagues exceeded our expectations; not only did they give us tonnes of advice and information, they also helped with several practical issues. Thanks to Tracey we experienced a very smooth operation.
Besides the professionalism, Tracey excels in trustworthiness, and she transfers this feeling also to the people she works with. We appreciate her professional sight, but we appreciate her even more for the person she is.
I can advise everyone to engage with Tracey and her colleagues when you are looking for a house in Abruzzo.
While living in California, I happened to read an article on unspoiled areas in Europe. A real estate search in the Abruzzo region of Italy produced a few websites. I reviewed those sites and discovered that Abruzzo Reality provided the most comprehensive, yet balanced information on the area. The property search pages were so efficient that I easily found a couple of properties that were interesting, so I reached out to Abruzzo Reality for more detailed information, whilst clarifying that my interest was merely superficial at this point, since my search had just begun. Tracey Nicholas responded almost immediately to my queries, and informed me that it was fine to be inquisitive without any need to feel pressured to do anything. Tracey's response was pleasant to hear, given I wanted more information, but was months away from any decisions. Although very aware of real estate purchasing in the US, I was a novice in Italian real estate, which led to a myriad of questions for Tracey. Another pleasant discovery, Tracey methodically answered my questions, without a hint of presumptiveness or pressure of any sort. For the next few days, I looked around the internet for more information about the region, real estate, laws, etc., but kept returning to Abruzzo Reality website and Tracey for exacting and accurate information. Excellent!
As a buyer of real estate, I tend to do my research and proceed with great caution always testing the situation from a number of angles. I found a property that met a number of my personal attributes, so a great deal of additional information was gathered to meet my requests, including the geometra on the property, current photographs, videos, and pricing. My approach was pretty thorough and not necessarily easy for Abruzzo Reality, however all of my research requests were met with a spirit of pure openness.
As I tinkered with an offer, I considered the value of the property and my distance from Italy. In summary, I made an offer without visiting Italy. The offer was accepted, and the deal was consummated. As a testament to “trust” and Tracey, I made the purchase from California following the Italian real estate process in three payments of thousands of euros each, while not yet actually seeing the property. I made my initial trip to Abruzzo for the closing of the deal. To my pleasant surprise, the property, the deal, Abruzzo Reality, and Tracey were all as they previously appeared... accurate, authentic and honest.
My real estate experience in the US sometimes involved minor risks, but nothing like the risk of this untested situation in Italy. The key to my risk taking was Tracey and the support of the Abruzzo Reality team. Without hesitation and from the perspective of purchasing numerous properties in the United States, Tracey Nicholas and Abruzzo Reality provided the finest and most honest experience of my life.
After searching for 3.5 years and meetings with many brokers, we can safely say to have some experience. The meeting with Tracey and Vincenzo felt right from the first moment. The combination of Italian (Vincenzo) and English / Italian (Tracey) works very well. They have an extensive network, convenient from the first moment to the after sales care. The casual and friendly way of doing business is nice. The contacts are fast. Questions by email are quickly picked up and answered. They have the necessary knowledge and can inform you about all the things needed for the purchase and / or establishment in Abruzzo. If you are looking for a broker that works reliably and fast, you've come to the right place.
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 have been so lucky, throughout the time since we bought our house in Abruzzo in 2005, to have Tracey checking the house and looking after things for us. I’m not sure how we would have managed without her.
It was therefore not a difficult decision to ask Tracey to look after marketing and selling the house for us.
All her advice on pricing and the market rang true and proved to be supported by market conditions when we sold last summer.
Tracey then looked after all the administration work involved in the sale, with all the bureaucracy that entails, with her customary efficiency, patience and good humour.
Nothing was too much trouble, and the sale went through in the planned timescale without setback. She also acted as our power of attorney so that we didn’t have to attend the final signing, as we would have found it too upsetting!
We certainly would totally recommend the service provided and the stress free experience it gave us.
Thank you so much Tracey.
"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."
Everything went smoothly!!
We saw a lot of houses with a lot of agencies. Some of them were more friendly than others, but with you, from the beginning, it was just like talking to a friend, and we had never met before.
Every question, even a stupid one, you answered.
If we had a doubt, you gave us your trust by sending evidence.
Last year in April we met, to visit a few houses. The one we came for, was the one we fell in love with.
You arranged everything through email, we just had to sign and pay 😉
Even the appointment with the notary was planned according to our chosen date.
Even after the sale you are willing to help us and answer our questions.
Thank you Tracey!
"Tracey and Peter have been an immense help to us, providing high quality, professional services to let us make the most out of our holiday home. All their work has been carried out to a very high standard, and their ability to organise just about every aspect, from paying bills to organising the local "artisans", means we can just turn up and enjoy our house. Meraviglioso!"
We had a very large and unusual property and Tracey and colleagues did a great job selling it, they managed to find a buyer who loves our house and village. They were helpful and accommodating from the beginning, through to the final act.
My wife and I were dreaming about a house in Italy for years. After years of searching in Piemonte we moved our focus to Abruzzo. By luck we came in contact with Abruzzo Reality and started our search. Three holidays in a row, we flew to Pescara and toured around with Vincenzo en Tracey while they started to get to know us better and they discovered what we were looking for. After about a year of looking, Tracey mailed us that she had the perfect house for us. She couldn’t have been more right. Now we found the house, there was the process of purchasing it. Luckily, Tracey knew the Italian formalities to be executed. We use our house as a holiday rental house during the summer. Without Tracey we could not have been able to organise this: she helps us with the laundry, the cleaning, the welcoming of the guests, and any issues that occur. It’s a comforting thought that she is so trustworthy. We are now enjoying our house and the fantastic region of Abruzzo.
Tracey of 'Abruzzoreality' is quite simply a miracle worker! Let us explain.
Having had a holiday home out in the countryside near Penne for ten years, we decided that it was now time for us to 'downshift' and move to a smaller, more easily managed house in town. Tracey had superbly managed the country house for us, arranging ongoing maintenance for the house and gardens, as well as successfully organising holiday lets for the weeks when we were not 'in residence'. Tracey is a highly respected professional; her knowledge and understanding of the vagaries of the property market in Abruzzo is second to none. Knowing her to be honest; always acting with integrity and with our best interests at heart, we were keen to involve her in our plans to relocate in Abruzzo, from the outset.
Tracey designed the advertisement for the sale of our property; posted it on her Abruzzoreality website and was successful in attracting a number of potential buyers. A sale and date for the exchange of contracts was agreed within weeks, meaning we had to quickly find a town house which met our needs. Tracey arranged for us to look at suitable properties in our preferred towns of Penne and Loreto Aprutino. Tracey chose well and we fell in love with a beautiful compact house in the 'Centro Storico' in Loreto. We made an offer which was accepted and through Tracey's hard work, were able to complete the purchase to coincide with the sale of our country property. Tracey had managed to successfully ensure our move was stress-free, seamless and relatively quick to conclude.
We will of course continue to use Tracey's management services for our new holiday home in Loreto and as always, will never hesitate to recommend 'Abruzzoreality' to anyone and everyone! We have been very lucky in getting to know Tracey, who for a whole variety of reasons, has made our time in Abruzzo trouble free and hugely enjoyable. Long may she continue to do so!
"Tracey plays an influential and catalytic role by managing our home effectively, overseeing extenuating works and building improvements, payment of services and caretaking when unoccupied. We have never once regretted our association nor been proven wrong in our judge of character. She has worked and continues to work very hard for us."
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.
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!
For some time we were looking for a nice place to call our own in Italy, where we could have a relaxing time in between the rush of daily life, but could also rent during the high season. Looking over countless internet pages and visiting real estate sites we came across the site of "abruzzoreality.com". We couldn't have been more lucky.
From the start we had all the help that a 'stranger in paradise' could wish.
Together with Tracey we browsed the practically the whole of north Abruzzo for something suitable that had to be not only comfortable but also had to be fitting within our budget.
Because we were in the Netherlands, she visited several properties for us and came up with an extreme good property in Mosciano Sant'Angelo at the end of May. From that moment everything went in a current. Tracey and colleagues did literally everything for us. They took care of all the paperwork and she was our tower of strength during this hectic period. In only a few weeks we had to go to Italy to get everything straightened out and a few weeks later we could sign the contract. I'm sure that with our lack of knowledge about the Italian language and bureaucracy, we would have never done it in such a short period with such a fantastic result.
Our sincere compliments to Tracey for all her effort in helping us to obtain our apartment. Abruzzo Reality really put people before quick profits.
Thank you guys!
Our experience with Tracey Nicholas was professional and personable from the beginning of our purchase to closing. She guided us through the unfamiliar process of buying a home in Italy. She made what could of been an impossibility difficult process, understandable and comfortable. She and her staff were attentive to everything we required. It allowed my husband and I to focus on the joy and excitement of becoming owners in the fantastic Abruzzo area. I would recommend if you are purchasing in Abruzzo to use Tracey.