Abode is an international associate of Savills
As an English-speaking buyer living in London I needed an agent I could trust to not only satisfy my brief but also navigate the language, legal and financial vagaries of buying a property in Italy.
Abode stood out for several key reasons:
1. Both Paul and Nick - the co-founders - are British ex-pats who relocated to Tuscany & Umbria, so have first-hand experience of the challenges and pitfalls of buying a property in a foreign country as well as speaking fluent Italian!
2.Their website was by far the most professional and easy-to-navigate. Importantly www.abodeitaly.com has the distinction of featuring high quality images of all the properties on their books; an essential prerequisite for any long-distance buyer.
As a partner of an international law firm my time is short, so Paul arranged for me to view eight properties in one day. All met my brief but the last property was the one for me. I completed earlier this year. As well as handling negotiations with the vendors, and guiding me through the legal and financial process, the Abode team (led by Carla) are now key-holders to my property and are helping me to select the local suppliers needed for some all important finishing touches. I can personally vouch for the quality and professionalism of their services.
I am English, and live in London.
I recently purchased a house in Umbria, Italy with the help of the Real Estate Brokerage Company, ABODE, located in Perugia.I worked primarily with Nick Ferrand of that company, who showed me a number of properties. I started viewing properties in the area around Perugia during my summer holidays. Nick very quickly understood my requirements, and did not waste my time by showing me properties that were unsuitable. Indeed, when the right property came on the market for me, he immediately told me 'I have found the perfect house for you!' He was right. I actually bought it the first day that I viewed it. That day, we negotiated the price, came to an agreement, and the property was taken off the market.
From that moment, the contract was completed and signed within three weeks, and the 'closing' took place a month later. Everything went smoothly and efficiently, without a hitch. Nick and his associate, Paul, managed the arrangements with the Notary, and throughout the legal and financial dealings, they were supportive and very well informed. I, on the other hand, had no experience in purchasing anything in Italy, did not speak Italian, and so was completely ignorant and totally dependent on their advice. Their recommendations were always fair and sensible. They were helpful throughout.
Following the 'closing'. Nick offered the services of their office associate, Sonia Tardetti, to help me settle into the house efficiently and smoothly. She arranged the connection to all the local utility companies, and the transfer of everything into my name and the direct debit arrangements with my Bank. Although Sonia is Italian, her English is exceptional, so I understood everything, as did she. This was incredibly helpful.
Contrary to anything I have ever heard or understood about purchasing a property abroad, particularly in Italy, I have to say that this entire experience was astonishingly easy, and very pleasant, thanks to the support and effectiveness of Abode.
The personnel at Abode were always available, always efficient, and also, a lot of fun to deal with.
I could not recommend Abode more highly.
Beste Nick Ferrand,
Hoe is het met je? We willen je bij deze nogmaals graag bedanken voor de altijd prettige samenwerking en de goede service en die je ons altijd hebt gegeven. Ook de aftersales was bij jou altijd optimaal. Als was het met de aankoop, verbouwing en de latere verkoop van ons huis. Zoals je weet, zullen we dan in de toekomst weer graag gebruik maken van je diensten en de prettige manier van omgang met ons.
De hartelijke groeten van, Wendy & Frits Meijer.
Dearest Aboders in Italy,
Nick and I are so immensely grateful to you all for making our new future possible. When I was asked how we found our new home I replied “with an angel”. We are very happy indeed and feel so taken care of on all levels; to say I’m overflowing with gratitude and humility is an understatement. We are very much looking forward to being your Umbrian neighbours and learning from you the delights of Italian life and living. Thank you all for everything, your love, support, guidance and decency. I will always remember Nick (Ferrand) saying on the phone when I was in Pienza “what are you doing there? You need to be in Preggio? and Victoria’s “I will find your home”. Then to meet Carla and Paul and find just how professional, delightful and reliable you all are has been really inspiring.
We will see you very soon, with all our love, blessings, gratitude gracefully
The Abode office sign looked warm and welcoming. Parking was easy, so we stopped and walked in.
We had the good fortune of being greeted by Carla Rossi, our Italian dream maker. She patiently educated us and helped us understand how to achieve our goal of owning the perfect home in Italy.
The whole Abode team pitched in and helped us smoothly navigate the purchase process, holding our hands every step of the way. The team is a tight knit group, very well respected in both the Italian and expat communities.
Do yourself a favour and drop in. There won't be any pressure and you'll be glad you did.
With fondest regards,