Why you should choose to buy Italian real estate protected by the Property Ombudsman

Why you should choose to buy Italian real estate protected by the Property Ombudsman

Why you should choose to buy Italian real estate protected by the Property Ombudsman

Many international buyers seek Italian real estate. However, as an international buyer, you will be navigating a process which is somewhat alien to you. You may also face language difficulties. The natural solution is to choose an English speaking Italian real estate agent, such as WGS Real Estate.

English speaking Italian real estate agents

However, and unfortunately for the unsuspecting buyer, English-speaking Italian real estate agents are not all created equally. The sad reality is that, unethically, many capitalise on the fact that international buyers are unfamiliar with Italian property purchasing protocols. From making offers to selecting regions, some agencies will use ignorance as a reason to make a fast buck.

So how do you, as an international buyer, protect yourself from this?

You need to choose your English-speaking Italian real estate agent carefully to ensure that they are concerned with looking after you and guiding you, not just about maximising their profit.

The simplest way to do this is to look for some assurance regarding such things as Codes of Ethics and whether they have signed up to be governed by any particular overseeing body.

At WGS Real Estate, we have personally opted to be governed by the Property Ombudsman in the UK. Knowing that your interactions and entire Italian property purchase are secured through our commitment to them will bring you peace of mind. The Property Ombudsman is, most importantly, impartial. They sit between buyers and agents to ensure fairness from and to both parties. 

Choose your agent carefully

Therefore, do make sure you don’t simply fall in love with a property listing on a real estate website before also checking that the agency cares about the inherent vulnerability of your position as an international buyer. Check the English-speaking real estate agent is signed up to the Property Ombudsman and other standards in the industry.

At WGS Real Estate, we are proud to be signed up with the Property Ombudsman. It is one way we work to protect international buyers.

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“I live in London and this company gave me an incomparable service! The Friendlyness and Professionalism of Giovanni and the team is far beyond. I will highly recommend WGS to anyone who wants to sell their house in Italy. WGS is not only an Agency that will just sell your house, It is a company that will look after you personally and make sure that you reach your target price and dealt with all the paper work.”
Elena C., London
“We recently put on sale our house in Italy . WGS took care of all the formalities, not only for the sale, but also help us to solve unusual administratives problems. I emphasize the great professionalism of Federico who took care of all the formalities in our best interests. Thanks a lot for your good job. Carmelo”
Carmelo Veronese, Belgium
“WGS Real Estate has been wonderful! WGS Real Estate has been wonderful. They helped me acquire a property from thousands of miles away. Giovanni Namio is fabulous! Any future transactions that I make will be supervised by WGS Real Estate.”
Monica B., United States
“Professional and friendly. WGS was very helpful and focused on my brief to find my ideal place. We met a couple of days after my request and they showed me three places that were in line with my requirements. Giovanni is very gentle, welcoming, empathetic. I recommend them!”
David E., London
“Rapidi e professionali Ho acquistato un bellissimo appartamentino a Milano, quando sono rientrata da Londra dove ho conosciuto i ragazzi di WGS Real Estate. Sono stati molto professionali e rapidi nella ricerca e nella preparazione della documentazione. Se volete vendere o acquistare, rivolgetevi a loro.”
Ilaria Pala, Milan
“I have had a great time dealing with Giovanni N. and his staff. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to go above and beyond for the buyer. I recommend WGS as one of the best Real Estate Companies I have come around!”
Mary P., New York
“We have recently used WGS Real Estate and we were very pleased. We will definitely be using them again!”
Santiago F., Manhattan
“Sambuca di Sicilia WGS helped me to sell my property in Sambuca di Sicilia. Thank you to the international Real Estate WGS and the team to helped me so list and sell my property located in Sicily, I wouldn't have done that all on my own.”
A.G., Sicily
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