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 were looking at houses in Abruzzo for quite some time as we were quite fussy on what we wanted and it had to be within a specific budget. Apart from this, our requirements changed a lot over the period we were looking at houses. Despite this we have to say Tracey and colleagues were always there to help out, and even show us a few house we insisted on seeing when they knew quite well they were not suitable for us. The house we eventually purchased was one they brought to our attention, when they did we named it the "prison house", which shows how impressed we were, and of course how wrong! During the purchase and since (now 4 years on) Tracey has helped us (and still does) not only sort out our problems and get jobs done, but also provide great guidance and encouragement to do things ourselves.
We'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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
"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."
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.