I recently completed the buying process of our dream house in lake como Italy.
My wife and I had visited the area many times and always dreamt of buying a place that we could tidy up a bit ( nothing structural, just the cosmetic stuff) and spend time escaping the cold of winters in Tasmania, Australia.
This year we took the plunge and made contact with a real estate company that was advertising a house we had seen previously.
On a trip in June we inspected the house and made an offer, which was accepted.
Unfortunately we ran out of time to finalise the contract so the agent said this was not an issue, it can all be done via email from Tasmania.
Then the fun began.
The agent notifies us there are possible restrictions on Australians purchasing property in Italy. I had asked them this many times when in Italy and was told no restrictions for any foreign buyers.
So everything came to a stand still.
I cannot speak italian so trying to find out more about the issues was even harder.
I decided to search the internet and came across a website “Renovating Italy” run by an Australian couple. I thought that’s what I need an Aussie in Italy who can speak Italian.
I emailed my story and asked if they could help in anyway.
I immediately got a reply from Sam who said he’d be happy to help in anyway he could.
After a few emails and skype calls we worked out a PLAN to make the purchase happen.
Sam contacted different notary’s to clarify the position on restrictions, and found there were no issues.
Sam then became the middle man, between me and the agent making sure everything was provided correctly leading upto the purchase.
Having been involved in many house transactions he knew all the correct processes and information that must be provided.
The buying process is very different than in Australia and having someone that knows all the possible pitfalls made my wife and I a lot more relaxed. Especially when flying to Italy to do the transfer you want to know that everything is going to happen on that set date.
In the end the transfer went through with out a hitch.
My wife and I know that this would never have been possible without the help from Sam. The sale had come to a stand still and if it wasn’t for him out dream would never have happened.
It was great to finally meet Sam and his family on the day of the transfer and we enjoy a great home cooked meal and a night up in the mountains.
I will be keeping in contact with him in the future!
Darren Balmforth | Australia