About us - our own experience of buying property in Croatia
Hi, my name is Aleksandra.
Croatian by birth, I have lived in the UK for most of my life. The
idea for Croatian Villas For Sale came after my own experience of looking for a property
in Croatia a few years ago. Despite Croatian being my mother tongue, and the
advantage of having parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends
throughout Croatia to help me out and point me in the right direction, I encountered
all sorts of difficulties in my search for the villa that I wanted.
The problem? I realised that I had become used to the property
market and its' infrastructure here in the UK, and had forgotten how different the
Croatian property market is. Whilst UK estate agents are often the butt of many jokes
(and complaints - sorry guys!), the property market here is highly regulated compared
to that in Croatia. As I searched for my own property in Croatia, I found that it was
a struggle to get the information I needed through the web, email, post or
phone. As a result, I wasn't prepared enough on my trips abroad. I also found
that the properties I did inspect weren't presented in the way I am used to seeing
them here in the UK, which made my numerous trips to find a property in Croatia that
much more of an unknown quantity.
A lesson to remember
The impetus to start Croatian Villas For Sale came after a
particularly bad experience, when I flew over to Croatia for a weekend to have a look
at what I thought was the right villa for me, in just the right price bracket, and
located in the same village that my parents have their holiday home in. I was
“... maximum information upfront, properties should
not be mis-represented ” informed on my arrival that the estate agent I had been
dealing with by telephone had now
bought the property himself, and was prepared to sell it to me for a price some 50%
higher than I had first been quoted. I believe he still owns the property and no-one
seems to want to buy it from him …
And so I set-up this website. Although there are a vast number of
resources on the web for buying property abroad, we have designed our services
specifically for purchasers looking for property from a distance. From my own
experience I know that this will involve making numerous decisions by phone and email.
Any time travelling on property
inspection trips needs to be spent wisely and not wasted on properties that have
been mis-represented. Prospective purchasers should benefit from having the maximum
amount of information available up-front and the confidence that there will be no
surprises when they actually get to see a property.
Services designed for buyers worldwide
All the Croatian
properties advertised here have been researched by us, and we are more than happy
to provide any further information you may need. Our services are for the buyer
looking to buy property in Croatia, not the seller, and we work only with very
reputable Croatian property estate agents, with whom we have developed a good working
relationship. Wherever possible, the properties on this site are described room by room
just as they would be at your local estate agent, with extra advice on location and local
infrastructure because we know you can't just drive by and say "I know that road!".
Our focus has initially been on Krk
Island, where I spent most of my summer holidays as a child, and so not only love
the area but also know it well. We are now also offering properties in Istria - Croatia's
Tuscany - as well as in the beautiful and scenic mountain region of Gorski
Get in touch - wherever in the world you are
Don't hesitate to ask us for any extra information you may need -
be it about property in
Croatia, location or local services and legislation. You can contact
us here, or, If you don't see anything you like, then why not bookmark
us and visit CroatianVillasForSale.co.uk again as the properties featured here
I look forward to helping you soon.