At Abruzzo Reality, we pride ourselves on our service. But, don't just take our word for it - read some testimonials from our many satisfied clients.
Tracey has been a great help from the first moment when we started looking for a house in Abruzzo. Once on site in Abruzzo, Manolo showed us a couple of objects and we immediately gained great confidence in Abruzzo Reality. They have been of invaluable help in everything from all expenses, taxes, help with subscriptions and not least acted as POA for our purchase. We have always received quick answers when we needed to ask for advice or needed help with something. Now more than a year after our purchase, we still use their After Sales services. Tracey helps us with bills and taxes, and we have hired them for help with various things. It has been everything from opening a bank account, hiring craftsmen to contacting the municipality. We can really recommend Abruzzo Reality. They are there all the way from idea to purchase and not least with everything that is added after the purchase.
My wife and I cannot thank Tracey and her team enough in our search for the perfect home in Abruzzo. From the start of our enquiry and search the professionalism and advice was second to none and Tracey guided us through the whole process, making buying our home seamless. We have also taken advantage of the property management side of Tracey’s company and we have been nothing short of impressed with this service. They have looked after our utility payments and IMU whilst we were in the UK and also set up direct debit payments for the utilities. The after service provided by Claudio has been exemplary, he has arranged for plumbers, electricians and other professional workers to carry out work that we have requested and they have all been first class in their approach and also the work they have completed, and all in a very timely manner. In short, my wife and I have been very impressed from start to finish, and continue to be impressed with the service offered by Tracey and her team. We cannot recommend them enough and are very grateful for all they have done.
INCREDIBLE. We can't recommend Tracey and her team enough. My sister and I had spent nearly a year trying to source a forever home for our family to live, we thought that the process of sourcing a house would be easy and we're on the verge of giving up hope after having viewed over 35 properties, however Tracey and her incredibly knowledgeable team had sourced several properties for us to view One of which we have bought. Tracey made the process extremely easy explaining and helping throughout, organizing appointments at the notary's office, translating documents, recommending builders and other trades people, all of which have been extremely professional. We also have her on going support with organizing our utilities etc. and we can't thank her enough,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
If you’re reading this testimonial, you are probably looking for validation that you are making the right decision to not only invest in a property miles from home, but that you have the right team to support you throughout the process. Our search started with the scenic beauty, tranquillity and affordability of the Abruzzo region. We were not interested in the tourist filled streets and sites of the more popular Italian cities, but a place with potential to be a restful vacation home, to a possible retirement residence (but accessible to those busier cities, mountains and coast). We were absolutely blessed to find Tracey and the Abruzzo Realty team who has guided us through the process from the initial home tour site visits all the way to our current status of remodelling. Tracey currently handles all our taxes and utilities relieving us from the stress of a system and process that requires local expertise. Rest assured, Tracey and her extensive network of professionals can advise, address and resolve any issue that you may face (including olive tree and vineyard care services)! Best wishes in your property search, and Thank You Tracey!!!!
We cannot more-highly recommend Tracey Nicholas and her team at Abruzzo Reality. From the original house search, through the negotiations with the seller, the final purchase and transferal of the property and now the attention to our monthly utility bills (we are often outside of Abruzzo, so Tracey handles these), the people at Abruzzo Reality have simplified every process and smoothed over every potential bump in the road. Tracey's provided us with complete piece of mind, and it's difficult to put a price on that. We've called on her in emergency situations, leaned on her and the team for reliable contractors, and sought out her advice on a number of subjects. Before we purchased our home in Penne, we'd traveled extensively in Abruzzo for over 25 years, and I am fluent in Italian. But in all honesty, we would never have found our perfect home and never been able to complete what were, at times, complicated negotiations with the previous owner. And staying current on our bills while in the States would be a complicated mess without Tracey's assistance. Her attention to detail allows us to focus on the more pleasant parts of realizing our dreams.
Inspired by watching too many episodes of 'A Place in the Sun' during Lockdown in 2020, my husband and I set our hearts on buying a holiday home somewhere with history/culture and within easy reach of both ski resorts and beaches. With little else to do, thanks to the pandemic, the research began as to where in Europe our modest budget would achieve our dream... We already loved Italy, having spent 3 weeks touring the country for our honeymoon, so were surprised to discover during our research the little known region of Abruzzo which appeared to have everything that we were looking for. Over the next year we spent our time researching the region online which is when we stumbled across Tracey's website 'Abruzzo Reality'. The 'complete service' offered by Tracey and her team, to include arranging viewings, supporting the purchase process and ongoing post-sales services, greatly appealed to a couple with zero experience of owning property abroad...and very limited Italian language skills! From the initial enquiry made in January 2022 through to the viewing trip in May 2022, purchase completion in September 2022 and ongoing post-sales support Tracey and her team (Manolo and Claudio) have been fantastic in advising, guiding and supporting us in making our Abruzzo dream a reality. Prior to visiting the region we were focussing our search in/around Sulmona (L'Aquila) however, once 'on the ground' and speaking with Tracey and Manolo about the various areas of Abruzzo, we extended our search to include properties in the provinces of Teramo and Chieti. We eventually purchased a property in Casoli di Atri (Teramo) which is very close to the beaches of Pineto and enjoys stunning views of the Gran Sasso mountains. We both now have pictures of 'our' view as screensavers on our phones - we cannot believe how beautiful it is! We love the quirkiness of our village; the murals which adorn many of the houses, including our own, and the church bells' unique changes at certain times being particular highlights. The locals have also been very welcoming. We trust the team completely and greatly value the relationships with local tradespeople (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers etc) that Claudio has; his technical expertise and knowledge of local regulations has been invaluable in working through our project works and agreeing on a suitable 'solution' which works for us. Bills and taxes etc are taken care of by Tracey and team so the only thing we need to worry about is booking our flights for our next visit! If you are daydreaming about buying a holiday home in Abruzzo, stop! Make it a reality. You will have no regrets with Tracey and the Abruzzo Reality team by your side.
It’s been a dream of ours to buy a house in Italy for over 20 years! We have looked at hundreds of properties on the internet over the last few years, but in recent times the dream was looking more like it could become reality for us. We have spent many holidays in Italy and on one such occasion in Le Marche, we decided to do a day trip into Abruzzo. The region intrigued us, with its mixture of coast and mountains and incredible wildlife. Within only a couple of hours we had fallen in love with the area, and decided it was probably the place for us! We had come across a house on Abruzzo Reality website that we kept going back to on all our searches. We decided to view several properties in Abruzzo and Piedmont (to give us some balance!) and headed off for a 10 day stay in Italy. The first property we viewed was the one with Abruzzo Reality - we were met by the owner and Manolo who were amazingly helpful and the owner told us his story of renovating the house. There was no point viewing anywhere else after this, as we had fallen in love with ‘our’ house in Abruzzo!! Our main contact had been Tracey who was amazing throughout the process. Whilst it was quite daunting buying a house in a foreign country Tracey took us step by step through everything and has always been beyond helpful. The whole process went very smoothly, however that’s not to say that we didn’t have a problem! This was nothing to do with Abruzzo Reality and it showed us how amazing they were. We left the UK on a Saturday morning to drive to Abruzzo to sign over the house on the Monday. Everything was booked and the excitement levels were high in the car with the pair of us, our daughter, two dogs and an amazing amount of stuff for our new house! We were within an hour of an overnight stay in France when we had a tyre blowout on our car, the resulting delay waiting for a new tyre meant that we couldn’t continue our journey until the Tuesday! This being the day after we were meant to sign for our new house and us still being 800 miles away was an absolute disaster. Step forward Tracey! We were hoping that we would just get an appointment at the notaries office a day or two later but they are booked up in advance. Tracey arranged with the owner so that we could stay in the house (even though it wasn’t ours yet!) and rearranged the notary appointment to suit everyone a week later. Through what was a very tense time for us Tracey was superb and very reassuring that everything would be fine and not to worry. All went well after that and as we write this we are two weeks away from leaving for our house in Abruzzo again. We will be in Abruzzo for our 20th wedding anniversary - we were married in Piazza Del Campo in Siena and 20 years on we will be in our own house in Abruzzo. We can’t thank Tracey, Abruzzo Reality and Italy enough!
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.
Working with Tracey and Abruzzo Reality was an absolute pleasure. As non-Italian speakers buying a first house in Italy, Tracey helped us through the whole process, which she very patiently explained and answered our many questions about. Tracey also introduced us to some great professionals (Geometra, Notary, Architect) to help with the purchase and renovation of our property which is now well underway. Tracey is still assisting us now with paying some recurring bills etc on our behalf. We would have been lost without Tracey and can't recommend her highly enough.
I am a very satisfied customer after having recently bought a home In Abruzzo with the assistance of Tracey at Abruzzoreality.com. Tracey helped me through the entire process of purchasing the house. I bought the house before I ever actually physically saw the house and Tracey graciously took tons of pictures of the property and answered all my many questions about the place, so I felt completely comfortable buying it without having seen it in person. I'm very happy with the way everything turned out and highly recommend Tracey and everyone else at Abruzzo Reality if you are interested in buying a home in the wonderful Italian region of Abruzzo.
New York City, USA
A year after buying my Penne house in May 2022, I look back in amazement at how easy the entire process has been. Without Tracey and team at Abruzzo Reality, buying a house abroad could never have been such a stress-free, speedy, and rewarding experience. Tracey’s advice was always on target, supported by expertise and common sense, as well as an extended team of trusted advisors. I felt I knew what was happening despite a distance of 7,000 kilometers. This terrific experience continues as her colleagues have guided a successful renovation and helped to create a welcoming retreat in spectacular Abruzzo.
Tracey has always been very helpful, supportive and trustworthy. She helped us with liaising the utility companies when we had difficulties communicating with them and ensured the bills were paid. When we decided to sell the property. Tracey dealt with the whole process during the difficult time of the pandemic while keeping us updated throughout. As we were unable to travel to sign the contract, Tracey acted on our behalf as power of attorney to enable the sale to complete. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
In our search for a house in Abruzzo we were so lucky to get introduced to Tracey and the Abruzzoreality team. As a first-time buyer abroad, we of course didn’t have much experience in the buying process in Italy. From day one, they patiently helped us and guided us in our search, finding the right house, making sure that every detail was in place and taken care of. Every email was replied quickly and professionally and made us feel 100% secure. After getting the keys, the after sales service has been very valuable and they have assisted us in getting the needed craftsmen, cutting trees and just looking after the house. All in all, we could not have asked for better assistance.
One very often reads and hears about all the difficulties when buying a property in Italy. All the paper work, all the regulations to be followed, all the necessary things to be executed etc. Me and my wife didn't experience any of these difficulties when we bought our property in lovely Loreto Aprutino. Tracey Nicholas, Abruzzo Reality, gave us the best service one can wish for. She led us through the process in an excellent way. Not one single problem occurred. She has also been a invaluable help to us, after our property investment. Nothing seems to be impossible for Tracey and she always help us with a smile on her lips. She is a great broker and a lovely, service-minded person, that we strongly can recommend without any doubt.
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.
Formerly East Riding of Yorkshire, now Abruzzo
Abruzzo Reality, what a brilliant team! We found them on the internet when searching for a property to buy in Abruzzo. The site is very easy to navigate, with good information, photos and detail of locations. We requested details of some properties and Tracey responded immediately, asking what our requirements were. We were very impressed with Tracey's complete honesty as to whether the properties would be suitable for us or not. The viewings were arranged and we found our property. With Tracey's guidance and input, answering our numerous queries, the whole process was completed in 2 months and we are now living here permanently. It all went seamlessly. The Abruzzo Reality team do not stop at completion but continue to provide support, assisting us in opening a bank account, getting residency and arranging transfer of all the utilities, to us. They are always there to provide advice and assistance. We feel very lucky to have found them and if you are looking to buy in Abruzzo, put Abruzzo Reality top of your list.
Our search for a home in Abruzzo started at the end of 2017. After a lot of searching on the internet, we ended up on the website of Abruzzo Reality. What immediately struck us was that we could read this site in our own language. Which in itself was a plus. After the first mail we sent to Tracey, we were quickly surprised by her quick and professional answers. No question or comment was too much for her. She is the best in her profession and she has always supported us with advice and action. After we had visited our dream home and decided to buy it, she took care of all the administrative matters. From application Codice Fiscale, up to and including signing with the notary. Which was a great reassurance for us, knowing that we were assisted by someone who knew perfectly well how things work in Italy. Even after the purchase she still takes care of the administration and we can still contact her for advice. The smooth course of this sale has even prompted us to purchase a second home in Abruzzo. Without Tracey there was a big chance that our purchase would end up as a nightmare, now it remains a dream, thanks to her! We can therefore highly recommend Abruzzo Reality.
Being a naturally nervous person, the notion of making a major purchase in another country, 7 time zone away, frightened me. I knew that the person I dealt with was going to have to be an extraordinary person. Well, I located that person, and now 4 months later, I am the proud owner of a gorgeous townhouse in Abruzzo. The entire process went through smoothly and stress free. Tracey Nicholas will forever live in my heart and mind. Thank you Tracey for everything.
Tracey and Abruzzo Reality helped us fulfill our dream of buying a house in Abruzzo. It was pretty daunting, envisioning buying a house remotely from the US, not knowing local real estate laws, nor speaking the language (yet!). Tracey explained the process in detail and responded promptly and patiently to the millions of questions we had. She was supported by Manolo, who facilitated a virtual tour of the house, dealt with the geometra, and was also helpful throughout the process. We put our faith in Tracey and were not disappointed. We're continuing to use her agency to handle things for us while we're out of the country. We can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Tracey Nicholas was the real estate agent I worked with when searching for a house in Abruzzo.. she was extremely helpful and assisted me in all aspects in searching for the best property for my family. We have continued a strong relationship since my purchase as she pays all utility bills and taxes on my behalf In my absence.. very trustworthy and reliable.. I highly recommend going with Abruzzo Reality and working with Tracey
Excellent experience with Abruzzo Reality. Buying property in other countries can be stressful and frustrating. For us it was a wonderful and smooth process thanks to Tracey and Manolo at Abruzzo Reality. They were patient with us and helped us every step of the way. They responded to our questions promptly and never left us hanging. Not only did they get us an amazing property for a great deal but they also helped us to find trustworthy and fair tradesman to help us after closing. We would highly recommend this company if you are looking to buy in Italy. They are the kind of people that we hope to keep a friendship with even after business is complete. Thank you to the entire amazing staff.
We used Tracey and Abruzzo Reality to sell our beautiful, small holiday house in Abruzzo. We always found her to be accommodating and friendly and very helpful. There was great communication throughout (with us being in London for most of the year) and yet she was happy to meet up whenever we were in Italy for our holidays. She explained the process well, managed the viewings and sorted all the issues to make sure that our whole selling experience was effortless. Tracey has a great knowledge of the local area and of local people and we got a great price for the house, even when the deal looked like it might fall through. We would thoroughly recommend Abruzzo Reality and Tracey and thanks for all your efforts.
Formerly Hampshire, now Abruzzo
Having visited other regions in Italy with other agents I was finding it difficult to find someone who understood what I was looking for. From the moment I began emailing Tracey I knew that I had found someone I could trust; always quick to respond, providing straight forward and practical advice. On meeting Tracey and Vincenzo I felt that I knew them well already, and we spent a good amount of time looking at properties with Tracey and Vincenzo offering alternatives where appropriate. I found my dream property and, with their help, the purchase went through quickly and smoothly even though I speak very little Italian (Tracey and Vincenzo deal with a very nice English speaking Notary). Now that the purchase has gone through and I'm getting ready to move out there permenantly I will still be in touch with Tracey and Vincenzo, using their after sales services and also I hope as friends! Thank you so much
Formerly Indonesia, now Abruzzo
We found a perfect house, to retreat to, on the Abruzzo Reality website. Work commitments at the time meant that we couldn’t travel to see the house for several months. During this time, Tracey was in regular contact, gave us lots of useful information and was willing to arrange a viewing for us. When we arrived in Abruzzo, everything was new to us and we didn’t know our way around. Tracey and Vincenzo agreed to pick us up from our holiday accommodation, they drove us to the house we wanted to view and they showed us a few others for comparison. During our time spent together, they gave us reassuring information about life in Abruzzo and about the house buying process in Italy. They helped us with submitting our offer and negotiating the price of the house. In the months that followed, communication was frequent. We opted to have a survey conducted and Abruzzo Realty appointed a surveyor (geometra) for us. The results of this survey were very detailed and these were sent to us in both Italian and English. Throughout the whole house buying process Tracey liaised between us and the vendors. On moving Tracey and Vincenzo met us at the property and they had organised for the handover of keys and also for us to reside at the house until the signing day. Tracey also made sure the codice fiscale (tax number) was completed in good time. They also accompanied us to the signing which was reassuring when there are so many people present and the documents are read out in both languages which takes a long time! After completion of sale, Tracey helped with the transfer of utilities into our names. On several occasions Tracey has gone over and above what one would expect of an estate agent. She was friendly, helpful and professional through the whole process. The service we received through the whole buying process was really outstanding and gave us confidence to go ahead and buy in Abruzzo. It is without reservation that we would recommend the services of Tracey at Abruzzo Realty to prospective home buyers.
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!
Milton Keynes, UK
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!
East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
We first fell in love with Abruzzo when visiting friends in the summer of 2017. On return from our visit we began searching for a property. We spent many hours trawling through properties and estate agents on the internet! Abruzzo Reality came highly recommended by some close personal friends. In April 2018 we were back in Abruzzo looking at properties with Tracey and Vincenzo. They were both very friendly and knowledgeable. Having looked at a number of properties in Loreto Aprutino, Collecorvino and Penne, we found a perfect little house in Penne. Vincenzo and Tracey offered impartial advice which was pivotal in helping us chose our property in Penne. This included their assessment of the property value and the potential for holiday letting. Tracey and Vincenzo organised all aspects of the legal process including Codice Fiscale and the official transaction with the notary, which was very quick! Throughout the whole process from beginning to end Tracey was able to offer advice and guidance. She dealt with all our queries no matter how trivial. We are continuing to rely on Tracey when we require property management services. Buying a house can be a stressful experience, even more so in a foreign country, but we can say without reservation that the whole process from beginning to end has been stress free. Tracey, Vincenzo and Manolo are all very approachable and helpful we are very grateful for their assistance in making our dream of owning a house in Abruzzo a reality.
The process of buying or selling a home in Italy can be very complicated and confusing for non-Italian residents, especially if you don’t speak fluent Italian, cannot be there in person to attend the closing, or meet with a realtor on a regular basis. My husband and I are forever grateful to have had Tracey working on our behalf and making sure that every detail was taken care of. As a Realtor, Tracey is 100% committed to her clients, and we felt she represented us consistently with professionalism and backing. She seems to work round the clock, answering emailed questions from us (from the United States) even when we knew it was very late at night in Italy (not expected, but very much appreciated!). With her knowledge and contacts, she was able to successfully bridge all communication and process gaps, without which the process of selling our home in Italy most likely would have been a nightmare. Despite some challenges along the way (such as, obtaining a power of attorney in our absence), Tracey persevered and fought for us every step of the way. We couldn’t have gotten through this without her as our Realtor, and highly recommend trusting her with any home purchase or sale. Hopefully we will have the great fortune to request her services again someday! Grazie mille per tutto, Tracey!!
When my wife and I decided to purchase a property in Italy we began our research of the regions of Italy and quickly came to the conclusion that Abruzzo was the region we would like to reside in. Now it was time to search properties. A quick Google search of real estate companies pointed us to Abruzzo Reality. Having found a few properties we were interested in I submitted my inquiry and received a prompt reply from Tracey. Thus began a wonderful, professional relationship that led us to a successful purchase of our house in just a few short months. The team of Tracey and Vincenzo, along with the assistance of Manolo (the jack-of-all-trades handyman) has made this a very painless journey to home ownership in another country. Tracey coordinated our process from beginning to end. We could not have accomplished this on our own. Vincenzo patiently showed us many properties and Manolo has assisted us with anything we have needed following the sale. If you are considering home ownership in Italy, you cannot go wrong with the Abruzzo Reality team to put your mind at ease and begin enjoying your new life in Italy.
Communication was easy, as speaking both English and Italian. Viewings were arranged with ease and Tracey helped us out with various issues, which helped a lot. We could not have done it without her. We would definitely recommend.
Formerly Staffordshire, now Abruzzo
From the outset of meeting Tracey and Vincenzo, whilst looking for our dream home, they were incredible helpful and friendly, right to the completion date. No question we asked went unanswered and they went above and beyond to find answers to some tricky questions on our behalf. We felt very supported throughout the process with their expert knowledge and would recommend their services highly.
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.
Prague, Czech Republic
We are very satisfied with this real estate agency. They arranged everything we needed, all their representatives are very helpful and friendly. Communication via email and in person was completely professional. Even now, after buying the house, we are using its other services (energy and utility transfers, dealing with various permits, etc.). On our behalf, we can highly recommend this real estate agency.
Abruzzo Reality was amazing during our search and purchase of property in Abruzzo. We had so many questions and they patiently answered all of them. Then when we found the property that we wanted to purchase they held our hands and took all the pain out of the process. I don't think buying property in the states was a easy as it was with Abruzzo. We couldn't be happier with the entire process and highly recommend them to anyone that asks us.
United Arab Emirates
It was my first overseas experience when I bought my holiday home in Loreto. I was very worried on how the whole process will go, having no knowledge or experience on regulations abroad. However, it went very smooth without hassles and in no time. The whole credit goes to the professional handling and advise of the Abruzzo Reality team. I sincerely recommend Abruzzo Reality and I will not hesitate to approach them again for any similar future plans.
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!
We used Tracey to sell our house in the Abruzzo. We found that the services she offered were consistently what was needed. It was never any problem for her to bring prospective purchasers, even though our house was a little off the beaten track. Having lived in the Abruzzo for many years she has local knowledge and an understanding of the culture and the people which all helps in the purchasing and selling process. We have no hesitation in recommending her services.
Abruzzo Reality, surprised us, with their professionalism, availability and expertise. We had previously contacted several other real estate agencies. We were accompanied from the beginning to the end of the negotiation and supported in any problem that arose during the process. The adjective that most represents this agency is honesty; who chooses them, will surely be satisfied.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to you, for being able, in a very short time, to sell my country villa, whilst showing incredible professionalism and competence. It was a very positive experience after three years of disappointments, with other local, national and even international companies. Thanks again.
I want to share the great experience I had with my agent Tracey. I’m a US resident and earlier this year I decided to make my dream of owning a home in Italy a reality. I was lucky to find Abruzzo Reality in my search. Tracey was instrumental in refining my search and ultimate purchase in Abruzzo. Having no idea how to purchase a property in Italy, she was able to help me through entire process. Even after the sale, Tracey helped me connect with locals to get the services I needed, from utilities to having work done. The process couldn’t have have smoother and I highly recommend Tracey.
For the purchase of our house, we were lucky to have a real professional, who was able to advise us wisely, to find the property that fitted our needs and especially to follow us, to avoid any pitfalls during the purchase. Professionalism, responsiveness, efficiency but above all an agency we can really trust and what an extraordinary thing, even 4 years after our purchase, we can always count on this agency when we have problems. It is rare and precious. We are very satisfied with this agency and strongly recommend the services of Abruzzo Reality.
We cannot thank Tracey and Vincenzo enough for all the fabulous help and support they have given us throughout the process of finding a new home in Abruzzo, Italy. Their honesty, openness and friendly professionalism was everything we needed to feel confident at what was a daunting time. I would highly recommend both Tracey and Vincenzo to anyone looking to buy or sell in Abruzzo. True Gems that deserve every success. THANK YOU.
Isle of Wight
We used Abbruzzo Reality for the sale of our house. Their service was very good and they were able to find a good number of people to look at the house. Once a buyer was found, all of the necessary documentation, notary appointments, handover of utilities were taken care of. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this company’s services.
When we fell in love with our little house in the Abruzzen, Italy, we were extremely lucky to have the help and support of Tracey. She always responds quickly to all our emails and is tireless when it comes to answering all our questions. We certainly couldn’t have done it without her.
The Netherlands and Abruzzo
After living 8 years in Abruzzo, Italy, we felt it was time for another change in our lives and we put our house on the market. Within a year we sold it through Tracey and her colleague Vincenzo. We are very pleased with the way the sales process has gone. Tracey and Vincenzo offered help and gave advise wherever needed. Currently, we have to make the latest changes by name at a view Italian utility companies and we are pleased to have the help of Tracey for realizing that. So we are very satisfied with the work of Tracey and Vincenzo. Thank you both!
We were extremely happy with the professional service provided by Tracey when selling our house in Abruzzo. Tracey was very efficient, responsive and provided a high quality and reliable service, as well as being a sincere person. Tracey always kept us well informed through every step of the selling process. It is worth noting that Tracey was also prepared to put in the extra work, even driving 2 hours each way, because through her experience she knew that our property would match her client's requirements. We are very pleased Tracey put in the time and effort to sell our property as she was then able to match it to the buyer's requirement the outcome being it was sold to the first family who viewed it. I would definitely recommend Tracey who is a professional breath of fresh air, compared to the indifference showed by some other agencies (especially when selling).
n 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.
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.
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!!
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!
We have nearly completed our first year of owning a property in Abruzzo after looking for almost 5 years. During our last two years we met Tracey and Vincenzo, who introduced us to the region of Abruzzo. They showed us a variety of properties, based on the brief given to them and did care that we the buyers and the properties were closely aligned. Having found a property that matched what we wanted, the process of buying was fairly straight forward through their services. Tracey took us through the process step by step and ensured everything was conducted in a professional manner. Both Tracey and Vincenzo assisted us with the Italian notary and followed up after the transaction was completed dealing with all the necessary paperwork. We are delighted with her services and her meticulous attention to detail.
We were already looking a while for a suitable house for us in Abruzzo. Abruzzo Reality helped us very well on the search for this suitable house. We visited several houses. but when we saw our house, we knew immediately knew that this was the one. The house offers plenty of oportunities. Tracey helped us perfectly through the buying process. A few months later we were the proud new owners! Tracey has also helped us with the paperwork concerning the purchase. Nothing was too much and we also found it important that the documents were translated in English. For a foreigner it’s not so easy , especially because ‘notary language’ is not the most understandable one. Besides her professionalism, Tracey gave us a trust worthy feeling. She and Vincenzo are a good, reliable team. They made it a lot easier for us with their professional way of working and their knowledge. Meanwhile, we are several months away and we are enjoying our life in Abruzzo. A splendid region that has so much to offer! Thanks!
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.
Property transactions are invariably by their very nature stress inducing, especially when involving an unfamiliar language and legal system. Complete trust in any company chosen for marketing and conveyancing is paramount and it was clear to me from my first conversation with Tracey that I had at last found the person I'd been looking for. The sale of my property involved a particularly challenging problem which on several occasions appeared almost impossible to resolve. Tracey however is a person who inspires confidence almost as though failure is not an option and I have no doubt that without her skill and involvement the house would still be for sale and likely to stay that way. From my personal experience of property ownership in Abruzzo I believe the service this company provides is unique and only wish that I'd found such an agency in 2004 when I first dipped my toes into Italian living.
We are extremely satisfied with Tracey's service! From the first meeting online in 2021 we had complete confidence in her, and she has more than lived up to that. Tracey worked with us based on our requirements and suggested a property that was not even publicly on sale yet, but which she knew the owners might want to sell. In April 2022 as a result, we were able to purchase our little paradise in San Giorgio and are enjoying it daily. Tracey answered all our questions quickly and clearly. We definitely feel that our interests were looked after. The buying process went off without a hitch and we also really appreciate the post-purchase service she is offering. Tracey is an expert in buying and selling real estate in Abruzzo and has a good network, but above all is a friendly, honest, reliable and considerate person. We can therefore highly recommend Tracey and Abruzzo Reality!
I and my husband were thinking about buying a house or an apartment in Italy. Last October we visited a fair for Homes Abroad in Helsinki, Finland and afterwards we waited that one of the agency’s would contact us about the apartments. Then, while we were on vacation at Christmas, we found in internet one apartment which was very interested. So, we contacted AbruzzoReality and Tracey. She answered very quickly and was very helpful. In the beginning of January we were visiting this apartment in Italy. The apartment was just that we were looking for. Because of Tracey, everything happened very quickly, in the 1st of February we could say: We own a part of Italy! Happy, happy, happy… P.S. Finally the Finnish agency offered the same apartment for us but for much more expensive price…
We are 2 Danish families who recently has bought a house in Abruzzo. We have been very satisfied with Tracey and Abruzzoreality from the first day. All our emails were answered in a quick and positive way and all our questions has been replied professionally and accommodating. All our arrangements has been observed and we consider Tracey and her company very reliable. No task is too big and none too small. Tracey is at the moment helping us buying furniture in Ikea and has bought 4 padlocks and made sure, that our house was securely locked.
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 cannot speak highly enough of our experience when dealing with Tracey Nicholas of Abruzzo Reality. She made the whole selling process so simple and straightforward, and this was dealing with two customers who didn’t speak a word of Italian! She answered every email promptly, was honest and fair and we had total faith in her from the beginning, and our trust was rewarded. The viewing of our property, to the completion with the notary, all took place in under a month, thanks to her organisation. We were kept fully informed at every stage, from receiving initial deposits to advising when to book our flights. What we expected to be a complicated and nerve wracking experience actually turned out to be very enjoyable, thanks to her. We recommended her to friends of ours, and they had exactly the same experience as us, and even said she did more than was expected to help them after their sale was completed, assisting them with the bank and transfers. We would be happy to act as referees for anyone thinking of buying or selling with Tracey, we are totally confident you would be as pleased as we were if you used her as your agent.
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!
Formerly Virginia, Now Abruzzo
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!
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.
We can't say enough good things about Tracey and Vincenzo. The welcoming guidance they provided during our first day-long house search in several towns was as helpful and generous as their time and "insider insights." We've had good experiences with real estate professionals in our moves, but have never seen this level of customer service and expertise.
We do not know where we would be if it weren't for the assistance provided by Tracey. She made every step of the buying process effortless as well as assistance above and beyond the actual purchase. Everything was explained in detail and their knowledge of the area, details and contacts were invaluable. She is an asset to the continued management of our property and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone contemplating buying or selling property in Abruzzo.
Buying a house in Italy has been an almost life long dream for us and was one that we never expected to come true. We decided that we might be able to buy in April as a result of the very favourable exchange rate and we immediately found Abruzzo Reality and a number of houses we were interested in. I started bombarding Tracey with daily, and sometimes more frequent, e-mails to get more information about properties and about the process generally and she was fantastic. She responded promptly every time and really seemed to enter into our excitement about the project. She gave us excellent advise about some of the properties which had appeared ideal on the web but which clearly were not going to meet our ideals. We went out to Abruzzo in July and met Tracey and Vincenzo as we visited our three chosen properties. They negotiated a fantastic deal for us on our perfect property and saw us through everything that followed; Tracey could not have been more helpful or supportive. We completed our purchase as planned on November 9th after a last minute hiccup, when the notary had to cancel our appointment at short notice. Tracey provided a lot of psychological support and Vincenzo rang round virtually every notary in Abruzzo to find one who could see us that day, as our plans and those of our vendors were completely dependant on that date. Tracey is now our property manager and I have complete confidence that under her expert guidance, all will continue to run smoothly for us in Abruzzo. Our dream has totally come true and for that we owe a huge debt to Tracey and Vincenzo for their expert support and guidance in helping us to achieve that dream.
I cannot rate Abruzzo Reality highly enough. We were very fussy buyers!! We had a long list of things that we wanted from a house and we were beginning to think we would not find what we were looking for. It can be quite disappointing seeing what looks like a lovely property on the internet and then travelling all the way to Italy to find its next door to a factory!! Vincenzo and Tracey however, took on board our requirements and showed us only properties that fitted the criteria we asked for. They were professional and their local knowledge of the area was invaluable. It was also nice to see that the sellers thought highly of them too. They found us the property we eventually bought and convinced us to look at it even though we thought it might not be for us from the photos. They were right. They guided us through the buying process and helped us every step of the way, always prompt with responses to our queries. The help did not stop after we signed the papers, they helped with bills, finding us local suppliers and services and even now help us if we have a problem or need to know where to find something. I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of buying in this area, with Tracey speaking English and Vincenzo’s local knowledge they make a great team.
After deciding for ourselves that the region Abruzzo was for us the place in Italy to look for a vacation home, we came in contact with Tracey. Right from the start the contact was good and comfortable. We never felt there was a main focus on the business side, or that we were being pushed in a direction we did not want to go. Instead we always felt that it was up to us what kind of properties we wanted to view. That Tracey had understood what our wishes were regarding the property and the location, became very clear when we were asked if we wanted to view a "mystery" property and fell for it right away. It forfilled all the wishes we had for a property in Italy! During the entire process, from start to end, we have always felt that Tracey was there to support us. It was a very good feeling to know that a person with good knowledge of the Italian way of doing business was there to support us by doing the necessary paperwork or translation work. Based on our own experience , we highly recommend working with Tracey Nicholas.
To move, buy a house and live in another country with all its bureaucracy, customs and language barriers is quite a daunting, if not exciting, prospect at the best of times. To do so, when you are doing it alone can be frightening to say the least. Tracey made it more of an exciting adventure, without the down side, in a friendly and trustworthy manner. I am extremely grateful to her and her colleagues, and they are still here, helping to smooth out the edges long after I purchased the house of my dreams. I consider them as friends. Tracey also found me a companion, a beautiful and loving dog who is always by my side 🙂 Thanks for all Tracey.
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.
Tracey has made the selling of our Abruzzese property painless. She has coped with all the bureaucracy for us, and made a potentially very stressful time, into a positive experience. If only all house buying was that simple; much more certain and secure than in the UK. Many thanks.
We bought our house via Abruzzo Reality a couple of years ago. We contacted them via internet and went to Abruzzo to have a look at several houses that were available at that moment. Tracey organised the trip to the different houses and yes...We fell in love with one particular house. From that moment on, Tracey took care of everything for us to be able to buy the house. Even now, when bills have to be paid, when meetings have to be organised and other problems have to be solved, she takes care of it. She took care of finding a gardener, someone to take care of the pool, etc... In other words, she's taking care of everything when we aren't there and we know we can rely on her. Keep up the good work, Tracey! Thanks for helping us!
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.
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!
In our search for houses in Abruzzo we came across several kind and helpful people in the various real estate agencies. However, from the very beginning Tracey has given us kind, informative and immediate responses to all our questions. So, when we met Tracey at our first trip to Abruzzo there was no doubt in our mind to chose her and Abruzzo Reality to help us. Tracey has been guiding us from the first step of the Italian buying process until we finally received the keys to the house. And we are convinced that Tracey will ensure that the process of renovating the house will be as smooth as possible. Thank you.
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.
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.
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!
Tracey, you have been so very helpful with looking for a holiday place for us to buy. Without your help and translating there is no way we could have done it. We are very grateful, very many thanks.
Formerly Suffolk, now Abruzzo
The WP Estate team delivered on that expectation and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in the market to buy a home.
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.
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!
Isle of Arran
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.
Thank you, Tracey for all your help with our house buying experience. You gave us support right through the process, from making our first visit to some potential properties to being with us at the final signing, and this was much appreciated. We feel that we have made the right choice of property to suit our needs and we really couldn’t have asked for a more pain-free process, which was mainly down to the way you kept in touch with us and sorted things out to help us. We feel that, for you and our estate agent, nothing was too much trouble and you went the extra mile on our behalf. We’d strongly recommend you to anyone else who is thinking of buying their dream home in 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.
East Yorkshire, UK
Having decided emphatically that Abruzzo would be our holiday home location, we visited at Easter to look for our dream home. We met many agents but not one of them inspired us with trust in the manner in which Tracey did. We were led patiently through the house hunting process; initially via the “net” in England and then on the ground in Abruzzo. Every detail of this potentially difficult process was taken seriously and sensitively. We were kept up to speed by being fed every morsel of information electronically as the deal unfolded whilst we were back home in England. The establishment of our ‘codice fiscale’ and Italian bank account were all facilitated for us. We came back to Italy to complete the purchase, just six weeks from first sight to completion.
From start to finish, Tracey and the Abruzzo Reality team are there to help. With finding the correct home with in the correct budget, to offering advice as to which is a good buy and which not so much. Need work done, they have contacts to help. Need a mortgage, they have contacts that can help with that to. The service doesn't stop with the purchase of a home either. Any care, guidance, or other assistance after the home purchase, Tracey can help. Being that English is her first language, this all makes a complicated process, that much easier. I can't say enough about the level of service received by Abruzzo Reality.
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!
East Yorkshire, UK
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.
Co Durham, UK
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.
We had a house in Penne for 11 years, and during all of that time Tracey looked after the house for us. Checking for mail, paying bills, taking delivery of furniture, finding tradesmen and acting as an interpreter for us, arranging for the boiler to be serviced etc We let the house for a short time, and Tracey met our guests and organized the cleaning in between bookings. It really would have been impossible for us to have managed without her, and we trusted her completely. Tracey also found a buyer for our house, and helped us through the selling process. Tracey has been a huge help to us, and we can highly recommend her services.
East Yorkshire, UK
Tracey plays an influential and catalytic role by managing our home effectively, overseeing extenuating works and building improvements, payment of services and care-taking 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.
North Humberside, UK
We have had a small country property near Penne in Abruzzo for eight years now, but decided to try letting the house for holiday rentals, for the weeks we were not using it ourselves. We were given contact details for Tracey’s property management services, as someone who could arrange everything for us in our absence. We did just that and have never looked back! Tracey takes care of everything from advertising the property, dealing with all enquiries and looking after guests once they arrive. She organizes the cleaning, laundry and provides a first point of contact for guests during their stay, should they have any problem or enquiries. She provides an excellent service and with great inter personal skills, is easy to deal with. Our project has been a great success with a good number of bookings and some very happy guests! We cannot recommend Tracey’s property management services too highly!
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.
HOW WOULD WE MANAGE WITHOUT THEM?? Tracey and Pete came highly recommended by many when we posted on a local chat room for some reliable help in our area. What valuable advice those people gave us - Tracey and Pete have been a God-send and we don't know how we would organize our holiday home rentals without them. They are honest, reliable, efficient and trustworthy and willing to consider any request to help... which makes them irreplaceable in our book 🙂 No task is too small - or too large!! and all is carried out with a cheerful word and a happy smile. We would have no hesitation reommending Tracey and Pete to any needing reliable service in the area, and would happily chat with anyone who needed further information if necessary.
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 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.
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.
I can't imagine what it would be like if we didn't have you to monitor progress - we'd be totally in the dark. Many thanks for all your help.
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!