Success Stories – Paul and Cherry, Tuscany

Paul and Cherry chose Tuscany for it’s beautiful rolling hills and relaxed atmosphere. Paul tells us how they managed to remain just as relaxed when navigating the property purchase process in Italy and secure their idyllic Italian village home.

Why did you choose to buy a property in Tuscany, Italy?

It was the region I holidayed in when I was growing up. Every year we would holiday around the Tuscany golden triangle (Siena, Florence, Arezzo) so, yes I am partial to a drop of Chianti these days.

Our original search was in the golden triangle but we found we got a lot more property for our money further to the North of Tuscany.

We particularly like Tuscany for it’s rolling hills and it relaxed atmosphere. Like most people in the UK, I work far too many hours and wanted to find somewhere I could switch off for a few weeks a year. As it turns out after a job change we now spend nearly ten weeks a year here and it’s started to feel like a real home from home.

How did you find the Italian property buying process?

I had heard some horror stories but through luck or judgment our purchase went through smoothly. Being able to speak a little Italian helped us with the estate agent. We where unable to find anything we liked using the web and had to get on the ground and visit local Italian Estate Agents in person. We ideally wanted your classic farmhouse in the country but could not stretch our budget that far. Instead we found a large village house with loads of character which has turned out to be just perfect.

What was the most stressful part of buying a property in Italy?

Finding the right property was the hardest but also most fun. Like everyone you do hear horror stories so I suppose we had some concerns about making sure the proper process had been completed and we fully owned our second home in Tuscany. We managed to find a good Italian lawyer who we sourced ourselves and was separate from the estate agent. Our lawyer dealt with all of that so it didn’t really result in much stress for us as we knew he was acting solely for us and in our best interests.

We had made some really good contacts at an overseas property exhibition we attended and they were on hand to help us with everything else.

What are your 5 top tips for people looking to buy property in Tuscany Italy ?

  1. Do plenty of research about the process so you know what to expect, what to do and not to do.
  2. Get to know the region before buying.
  3. Use an independent lawyer and make sure they speak English very well if you do not speak Italian fluently.
  4. Make sure you enjoy the buying process, it’s the start of your property dream.
  5. Buy in an established area to secure your investment.

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