Hello and please help us restore our desire to buy a property in Italy
Firstly hello everyone, I am a new member of this forum and hope that I am doing this right !I need advice from you regarding my recent and hopefully future viewing trips to Abruzzo. Me and my wife are planning on changing ours and our children's life's with a big move to Italy at some point in 2011, we have decided on Abruzzo after many trips to different areas simply because we think it is a stunning place and not yet spoilt like some other areas, we did the usual thing of searching on the internet and visited the La Dolce Vita show this year in London to get an idea of what we could buy with our budget. After months of research and armed with a gross amount of properties to view we decided to book property tours with 5 different companies over a 3 week period, which by the way ended just last week. I expected to find many things of interest while we were there but did not expect to end up in a battle of 2 agents, nearly questioned by the finance police and the threatened with legal action.After viewing with 3 agents we fell in love with a property and thought we had found the one, this was until we found the same property with our 4th agent for 40,000 euros cheaper !!!! I could not believe it and was asked by the 4th agent who I had seen it with as they had a contract in place with the owners of the house, when we told the agent who the 3rd one was they were, well not best pleased is an under statement. At the same time we were viewing properties with the 4th agent the 3rd agent called us to see if we were interested still because the owners have said they would accept E25000 less than what we were told, the 4th agent was at this time fuming and called a few people about it, we were thinking we had done something wrong and my wife became a little concerned, we were then asked if we would testify against the 3rd agent as they were not agents and what they are doing was illegal. I could not believe that our property tour was turning into a war between these 2 people, my wife really did not want to testify against anyone as she was worried about the implications, the meeting then turned into an hour long lecture on Property Finders and how many British expats are setting up agencies when they are not licensed to do so. To cut a very long story short we were then contacted by the 3rd to say they were not agents but they work with agents and the fact that we had seen the house with them first we were legally obliged to pay them commission !!!!!! This is before we even offered anything or showed any major interest to any agent. On the second to last day we were contacted by the 4th agent that again asked if we would testify against the other agents and that the Finance police were at their office in the afternoon waiting to take statements. We have since read up a lot on this subject and found many sites with properties on that look like agents but are not and after understanding what I think to be right we should stay clear of them. Can someone please help clear this up as I feel our dream is fading and I so desperately want to return and start viewing again even though my wife is worried about the whole thing now. The experience we have had is almost like a dream because of the situation we ended up in but I now wonder if we had have gone further what could have happened. I am looking into things further with a solicitor who has agreed to advise me organised by the 4th agent but I would love to hear your thoughts and if anything like this has ever happened to anyone else. I do not know if I can name the people so I will not but if someone can let me know if it is ok I will gladly name the companies.I will look forward to your help.