I recently purchased a small flat in an
I recently purchased a small flat in an Umbrian town but I can tell you that it has taken me years to get to this point. I started researching years ago and came across exactly the same situation as yourself. I would fire off email after email in regards to places I was interested in and I think I would have received about 5 replies for every 50 emails I sent.I am lucky because I speak Italian, but even that is not enough to convince most agents that you are worth contacting. Sometimes I would ring places and speak to someone and if they did speak to me the usual response was "you need to come to Italy and come to our office and then we will talk".Buying a property in Italy can be a complicated process and quite possibly they did not want to have to spend time taking me through the process.This year in May my husband and I booked five weeks in Umbria and armed with research that I did that narrowed our search down to three properties and having contacted all three agents to let them know that I was coming to Italy, I rang them and emailed them once in Italy to say that I had arrived and that I wished to see the properties. Once they knew that I was in the area and that they had forewarning that I was coming to Italy and contacting them again with firm dates for when I wanted to see each place, this seemed to do the trick and I was shown all three properties by the three different real estate agencies but I must say, being able to speak Italian certainly helped the situation.I am now the proud owner of a little apartment which I cannot wait to return to and start putting my stamp on, but I must say that the buying process was fraught with problems and there were a couple of times where I was convinced that we were not going to be able to complete the process. Luckily, that is all behind us and we now look forward to the future of a little bolthole in Italy.Good luck with your search!