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A recent press release from the International Real Estate Federation pointed out that the organization had recently taken a handful of New York business students on real estate-focused tours of Spain and Italy, to teach them about current business conditions, opportunities for buying property in Italy, and so on. The brief article is an interesting snapshot of some of the learning opportunities that might be available to you if you are currently a student or if you are the parent of one and you want to give him or her a leg up in the world of real estate. Naturally, such business-oriented tours can be an excellent starting point for developing your own personal guide to buying property in Italy, if you have access to them. If you’re not a student, however, there may still be such learning opportunities available for both beginning investors and experienced individuals who already know a thing or two about purchasing real estate in Italy. But if you can’t find them, don’t despair and don’t commit to putting of your investment ambitions. After all, we at Connection Italia can certainly teach you what you need to know about current market conditions and your prospects for Read more…

Rick Steves recently wrote an article, published in USA Today, on some of the “wonderful wineries in Tuscany.” Steves’ introduction to those places did not say much about the people running them. It mentioned only one specific person, a host referred to only as Adamo. For us, this raises the question: are there any prominent Tuscan wineries that are owned or operated by people who aren’t native Italians? The wine industry isn’t our area of expertise, so we honestly can’t say. But one thing we know a great deal about is buying property in Tuscany that can potentially be converted into a winery. Given the world-class status of Tuscan wineries, we’d say it’s safe to assume that operating such a winery is a dream that leads some people to consider buying real estate in Italy. But it’s probably quite difficult to learn all you need to know about how to buy property in Tuscany while also learning the nuances of wine-making and the details of the competition you might face when starting such a venture abroad. Connection Italia is here for you so that you don’t have to do all the legwork of finding real estate for sale in Italy, Read more…

This blog has previously pointed out that prospects look good for the Italian property market, but also that there might be a fairly narrow window for buying property in Italy and securing the best possible returns. Subsequent reports from the business world have continued to emphasize that Italy (and indeed, most of Europe) is looking good for real estate investors. And while the best deals were time-sensitive, all indications are that savvy businessmen still see foreseen sufficient returns to justify continued investment. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, recently reported on a surge of retail property deals throughout Europe, driven by economic recoveries and the expectation of dramatically increased consumer spending. More than a quarter of property investment in the past 12 months has been focused on retail deals. Specifically with regard to buying property in Italy, the Journal reports that Tristan Capital Partners has acquired four shopping centers. Such efforts are indicative of confidence in both the Italian real estate and Italian retail markets, among people who are in the know. If you wish to follow their example by buying property in Rome or Sicily and turning it into an increasingly successful retail venture, you’ll need to be similarly Read more…

Our past few posts have highlighted specific opportunities for buying property in Italy. It is not so much our intention to present such properties as realistic options for you as it is to generally enliven your dreams of purchasing real estate in Italy. As such, you’ll see more of the same from us in later posts, introducing you to available properties in varying levels of obtainability. But as we seek to expand your interest in our guide to buying property in Italy, it is not enough to just give you a sense of where your dreams of ownership may be located. It will be even more helpful for you to imagine what you might do with those properties. And for that sake, we will occasionally highlight success stories from other people who have already lived out the dream of buying property in Rome or Venice, and turning it into a life-shaping investment. Take for instance Roberto Polito, who was featured in a recent article by Luxury Travel Magazine. Polito had been in the hotel business for years before striking off on his own with the purchase of a single property, which would go on to become the Baglioni Hotel Cala Read more…