Testimonials

Rob Eldridge

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.

Pierre Gramegna

Dear Paul,
In the aftermath of the successful purchase agreement, Sylvie and I would like to thank you for your very valuable cooperation. Thanks to your skills ,the whole process was smooth and your advice was very much appreciated.

Samuel Rachlin

Ready for my final leg of this month long journey, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the day in your company and being taken around to some of the properties in your great inventory of houses. You were very effective, competent and great company. Sometimes, as we all know, real estate agents can be a painful experience. With you it felt like a great way to combine the useful with the enjoyable and pleasant.

Dianna Glover

Thank you so much for all your help. It has been a pleasure to deal with you and we could not have completed our transaction so quickly without your professionalism.

Vivien McClean

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.

Wendy & Frits Meijer

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.

Adrian De Morgan

As a fellow professional working in a number of international markets, I have come to expect a high level of service from individuals and organisations, and Abode certainly did not disappoint!  After having spent several fruitless years trying to find a home in Umbria, turning to Abode for help quickly resulted in the identification of a property which went some way beyond my expectations.  In addition to guiding me through the entire acquisition process, they also arranged for post contract maintenance, ranging from house cleaning to swimming pool and garden maintenance, all of which has allowed me to derive maximum enjoyment from the property, without the usual headaches associated with the acquisition and ownership of an overseas property.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Abode for their highly professional, friendly and courteous approach to every aspect of acquiring and owning a property in Italy.

Ole Neilsen

After having found a couple of great properties to visit, Nick Ferrand at Abode took us out to see another property which he thought was something for us. After that visit every other visit was compared against this first one and none could measure up to it. Nick certainly understood what kind of people we were and what we had in mind. He is a very good negotiator working for both the seller and buyer. This is seen from the view that we ended up with the house very happy for the (low) price reached. And also from the view that the sellers seemed happy for the (high) price reached. From reaching the final price and to closing of the deal, Nick and his team have been very helpful in taking care of details. That’s indeed valuable being foreigners in a new country. Every time we had a problem Nick was the one we called to fix things. Our buying of a house in Italy working with Abode has been a pleasant experience. We recommend family and friends interested in a house in Italy to get in contact with Nick. If ever trading up we certainly know who to call.

Mr & Mrs Paul I

When we first met with your firm it was in 2009, you were kind enough to spend some time with us for two days showing us all the available properties in Tuscany and Umbria.
Your team was attentive and caring to our needs. We did not decide that summer due to unfortunate circumstances in the family.
We returned however in 2014 and again your team had the patience and the drive to show us around various properties and give us all the time we needed. You guided us on the various technicalities in relation to the property purchase.
We now have a lovely house which we are very proud of and a big thank you for your assistance in concluding the purchase almost a year ago.

Susanne & Jon Breach

Having just purchased a beautiful Umbrian villa in a stunning location at a fantastic price, we unreservedly recommend the services of the team at Abode - Nick, Paul and Carla.
Nick provided an incredible service right from the outset, he was the only agent to pick up the phone on initial contact and to ask searching questions rather than rely just on our emailed scope. We viewed a total of over 40 properties throughout Umbria and Tuscany with many different agents. Nick stood out as one who genuinely tried to identify what we wanted, not just trying to sell us what he had on his books.  Throughout the visits he consistently helped us to refine, adapt and amend our requirements.  This was achieved through constructive challenge and advice based on his unrivalled knowledge of the local sales and holiday rental markets, and then used to identify the ideal properties to view.
Once we had set our hearts on “the one”, Nick went on to negotiate a cracking deal for us -for the bargain hunters out there we should just have said this first!  That said, he knows that a deal needs to work well for both sides which is exactly the result he achieved.
However it didn’t just stop there as Nick, together with Paul and Carla, then helped us to navigate an exceptionally complex and protracted purchase process. This is where the team really impressed and more than earned their fee - working tirelessly and seamlessly, bringing wide ranging skills to bear to keep it all on track. When legal issues threatened to derail the deal, the team was able to provide exceptional guidance to find a way through.  At every point, they were on hand to give great advice and to maintain momentum, even helping to ensure utilities remained connected on completion.
We cannot recommend the Abode team highly enough - professional and commercial, knowledgeable and understanding, prompt in response, artists of negotiation and ultimately totally effective.  All delivered with unrelenting energy and good humour! 
Right at the outset Nick had said “If you really want it, then I will definitely find a property for you, it’s simply a case of working out which one…”  We are supremely grateful to Nick, Paul and Carla for helping to make our dream a reality - buying the one property that exceeded our expectations – a perfectly restored Umbrian stone farmhouse with huge depth of character in a simply magical setting.

Mary & Stuart Gagg

We have recently sold our house in Cortona using the services of Abode Srl and we would not hesitate to thoroughly recommend this agency to anyone buying or selling property in Italy. The process by which property changes hands in that country can be very confusing to an English person, but at every stage Paul Cleary showed a complete mastery of the details and constantly kept us up to date on what was happening. Paul was available at all times and was always patient and polite in his dealings with us. He was able effficiently to handle the negotiations with the purchasers and to bring the deal  to a successful conclusion.

After the sale the process of paying our final taxes and utility bills proved more complicated than we had envisaged. However Carla Rossi in the Abode office proved very competant at finalising these matters for us. Indeed we have to say that she went out her way to explain what was necessary and to make sure that money found its way to the right place.

Mike & Mary Groves

We have purchased a stunning Tuscan property in the Niccone Valley area through Paul Cleary and the Abode Italy team. Living over 1,000 miles away it's critical that we can depend on our real estate agent.  Paul not only worked diligently to get us the best deal within our budget, and our desired area, but guided us expertly through the Italian purchase process, through completion and beyond! Abode have been totally dependable and trustworthy in every respect, so much so that we have now entrusted them to manage our renovations.  Carla has gone on to help us with the on going management of our property, including Internet, utilities, bank account and handled things with a level of  professionalism that gives us real peace of mind.
There's no doubt that as we manage our beautiful Italian home from the UK that Abode will continue to be involved!

Guru Kaur

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

Guru Kaur

W & F Macdonald

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,
W&F
Vancouver, Canada