Acquisition of Real Estate and Life in Sicily

Casa in Sicilia - Real Estate Agent in Sicily

My name is Thomas Grüßner. Together with my wife Maria Carnevale and our family we have lived in Sicily for thirty years by now. We successfully operate two Italian-language schools, a few kindergardens, and a holiday rental agency. Due to our many years of experience in purchasing and restoring our own properties in Sicily, we have been asked many times by our visitors from abroad if we could assist them in tackling the long and interesting task of buying properties or real estates in Sicily. That is how the the idea "Casa in Sicilia" was born. We do not like to call ourselves brokers or real estate agents. In our opinion, we are expert supervisors and consultants. Therefore, „Casa in Sicilia" is „SolemarSicilia" 's consulting department for investments in real estate and registered at the Chamber of Commerce Palermo, VAT-number 05504910828.

Perhaps you are mulling over the idea of buying property for sale in Sicily in order to have a holiday home for part of the year. Perhaps you like the idea of living in Sicily permanently. Perhaps you are considering moving to Sicily to start a business, as many Central and Northern Europeans are currently doing. Whatever might be the case, there is an increasing interest in properties for sale in Sicily as the current market situation reflects a buyer's market. Many of those now turning to us have visited Sicily before and recognized the opportunities that real estate in Sicily represents. Currently prices are low, and real estate in Sicily can be an excellent investment. Of course, it all depends on the location and a variety of other factors.

First of all, tell us about yourself, your vision, your current situation and what you are looking for including the type of house, location, view, price range, and so on. As the second step, we will start to reach out for the property in Sicily that is tailored to your specifications and contact you with suggestions and offers.

On the 'Properties' page - > "Current Offers" you can check some examples of properties for sale in Sicily using filters based on your preferences. Keep in mind that these are only some of the deals we have in our portfolio. Once you have a more or less clear idea about what you would like to aquire, contact us directly so we can propose some more specific offers.

We produced this short video by ourselves to provide an insight into the huge diversity that our beautiful island offers to its guests and habitans.

Because we have been established here for many years, our services go beyond just locating properties:

  • Information about land, environment, transportation, prices, etc.
  • Furnished house rentals to give you a "taste" of what living in Sicily would be like
  • Negotiating a favorable purchase price - here our advice already pays off
  • Checking the ownership and legitimacy of the particular property
  • Advising and translating during the viewing of objects and properties in Sicily
  • Preparation and delivery of documents
  • Contacting local authorities and helping coordinate renovations
  • Contacting banks, English- or German-speaking lawyers, accountants and notaries
  • Facilitating competent translations of the preliminary contract and purchase agreement, if necessary
  • Advice from Italian-speaking lawyer on drafts of purchase agreement *before* it will be submitted to the notary - including advices and change /adding of conditions in the contract
  • Help finding reliable craftsmen to restore, maintain or upgrade the property, garden or real estate
  • Supervising and inspection of the work done by external partners 
  • Help in setting up the property and help to finally move-in
  • Arranging a good shipping company to Sicily
  • Help with official requirements regarding the tax office, church, etc.
  • Help registering the vehicle, residency, domicile, electricity, gas, water...
  • Support in renting the house - for example, on a weekly basis in a holiday rental - as guests of Solemar-Sicilia
  • Assistance with connecting with competent professional consultants who can prove a major advantage in Sicily, especially when it comes to getting EU funding

Obviously, fees for our services are calculated when a purchasing agreement is concluded with a notary or whenever we have mediated to a lease-to-own situation. Preliminary contracts are still of great importance when it comes to buying property in Sicily because they determine liability. Fees for our services, however, are the standard fee for EU countries when it comes to facilitating a purchase agreement or a lease-to-own agreement. Thus, they are comparable to those of a broker. Additional services that are not included in the normal responsibilities of a broker are also charged. This is a reflection of time spent and other considerations which we would discuss with you based on your case.

We would be more than happy to provide references.

We offer our advice, assistance, and general information on all aspects of life in Italy, not limited to handling property for sale in Sicily, but also including family life, employment, starting a new business, language, culture, and all aspects of day-to-day life. You will benefit from the experience we have acquired during the years if you request our services. Even if you have found your dream property in Sicily already, you will surely benefit from our help in making that dream come true. You can draw upon our personal network. And the time to do so is now: as was recently said in an online newspaper, investment in real estate in Sicily is recommended as Sicily is the "next Tuscany" when it comes to real estate prices.

Something to consider also is this "immersion in Sicilian life". The four-week program includes:

4-week accommodation in an apartment in Cefalù, Santa Flavia or Aspra.
2-week Italian language course with additional private lessons available
2-week internship in a Sicilian business

Price € 590,00 without accommodation


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