Property in Sicily is a real estate agency in Sicily, and our mission is to connect local sellers with international demand.
On our ‘Team’ page you can find the whole story of our entrepreneurial adventure. We are a close-knit, tireless staff – each of us born and raised in international environments, and combining many lifetimes of experience in the tourism, real estate and training sectors.
We are able to provide a huge range of services. Let’s take you through them, one by one.
Finding the Dream Property in Sicily
If you have found us and come this far, let’s assume that you are interested in buying property in Sicily. But where to start the search? We have prepared overviews of as many important elements of the market as we can think of (see for example our introduction to Sicily, a detailed walkthrough of the purchase process, some thoughts on the ‘houses for 1 Euro‘ programs and more).
The next tool we offer is a search engine for properties on sale in Sicily. When you browse our database you will quickly notice that we are not an automated portal, aggregating other people’s listings or robotically throwing up property after property for sale. Each house, villa, apartment or piece of land we advertise has been carefully selected, based on our knowledge of the international market.
We take our role as representatives of the Sicilian market, and the trust you invest in us, extremely seriously. For this reason we try to present a rounded, honest picture of buying, living and Sicily, and we will answer truthfully all your questions and concerns (For instance on, to give one example, the issue of crime and the Mafia)
Native Negotiators to get you a Local Price
Our team includes native speakers of German, English, Russian, French and of course Italian. Many of us are even comfortable communicating in the Sicilian dialect should the need arise. To understand who we are is to understand why we work with the international market. We have been there ourselves, and it’s a labor of love for us to get to know our clients, understand their backgrounds, and put them in contact with Sicilians who can help them realize their goals. We are not here to see anyone taken advantage of, and one thing we always stress to our Italian sellers is that foreign purchasers are not ‘easy pickings’. We will use our deep personal knowledge of the local market to negotiate a price which is fair and competitive. If we have the impression that sellers are speculating to make a quick buck, or not serious about a price, that property will not end up in our database.
At Your Side Throughout the Purchase Process
Our agency is here for you from the very first clicks onwards. We’ll help you find the right property, make contact with the owners, take responsibility for the documentation, recommend the best surveyors, designers and craftsmen, guide you step-by-step through the registry filings and notarial procedures, see you through to exchange of contract and even be there to provide after-sales guidance.
One particular customer service principle on which we pride ourselves is our speed of response. We won’t ever keep you waiting longer than 24 hours!
A Helping Hand at Every Step
Our small scale and family work ethic combine to give us an extremely flexible approach to our work, and over the years we have built up a network of collaborations with many local partners and real estate agencies.
Some of our properties may appear in the listings or on the sites of other real estate agencies. If you have found your way to our page whilst researching a property you like on a third party site we can still assist you! In order to avoid unnecessary costs or agency fees, please send us the link to the property you have found, and we will contact the other agency. Very often we find they are delighted to collaborate with an agency that has our language skills and international awareness: In fact almost 50% of our sales typically involve customers who have found a property on a third party site, or through a local agency that wants to offer their international customers professional support during the purchase process.
Even if you have already established contact with a third party agency we will still be delighted to offer our full range of services, but some extra fees may apply.
Scouting for Investment Opportunities
In addition to selling properties in Sicily, we have great experience with clients who are in starting small businesses. We help to manage everything from holiday homes and guest houses to language schools for foreigners, kindergartens and digital commerce. We have a deep contact directory and know how to surround ourselves with positive and professional energies and skillsets in all fields.
So, if your plan is to buy a villa by the sea, a secluded holiday complex with swimming pool or a cute Sicilian B&B we are perfectly positioned to help you craft the business plan to turn it from pipe dream to income-producing reality.
Should you wish, after the purchase is complete we can lend our experience to the management of tourism to your facility. Through the website Solemar Sicilia we manage several beautiful vacation properties across Sicily and our loyal clientèle trust us to recommend them the perfect getaway.
If you are looking for current and reliable data to help you choose between areas, project your rental income, calculate resale potential, anticipate risks or help with any other aspect of the purchase, here too we have a wealth of local knowledge. More importantly, if we cannot answer your question immediately we will always be honest, and you can trust that we have the vital know-how to track the answer down.
Renovation Work Coordinated with Local Knowledge
A key component of our team is the group of construction professionals with whom we regularly collaborate. These include surveyors and architects, engineers, plumbers, and electricians, companies who install solar panels, companies specializing in the construction of bio-pools, agronomists, gardeners and maintenance workers to name just a sample.
We know that not all our customers are lucky enough to be able to relocate permanently to Sicily (although there are very attractive tax breaks on offer for foreigners). Many of our clients, highly satisfied with our work in the purchase phase, retain us to manage their new real estate post-sale. Organizing renovation work, furnishing indoors and out and ensuring the property stays clean and well cared-for is a huge challenge – and a leap of faith in the professionalism of the workers involved – if you are not able to be present in person. Let Property in Sicily take care of the day-to-day running of your new asset and we guarantee that you will be able to return to find it exactly as you would expect at any time throughout the year.
One challenge that we really do relish, having always worked with international customers, is requests for design features, furnishings or fittings that other Sicilians might consider strange. The presence of our French architect Chloé Pierron is invaluable in this regard. With her expertise we always manage to find a solution to marry international tastes with local materials and workmanship.
Paperwork Carefully Compiled and Checked
We said we’d be honest about the challenges as well as joys of moving to Sicily, and if you don’t already know Italy to be a highly bureaucratized country we’re afraid you will be well aware of it by the end of any real estate purchase. Every step seems to require a new authorization. There is a method in all this madness, but getting to understand the internal logic of the system is not always easy – to say the least!
Having arrived from overseas, settled and lived for many years in Italy, we are uniquely qualified to both guide you through the Kafkaesque labyrinth and – crucially – to explain what’s going on in terms that make the complicated seem (relatively!) simple.
We are hugely proud that our company is a state-registered and recognized real estate agency. This means that we have completed a full year of specialist professional training, passed a stringent exam and are now covered by a professional liability insurance. This allows our clients to relax in the security that in the unlikely event of any error on our part the consequences would never land on their shoulders.
Mother-tongue Translation to English, German French and Russian
Not a fluent Italian speaker? From first research, right through the purchase and into the management phase, if applicable, we are here to offer multilingual support you can trust. In our team we have native speakers of English, German, French and Russian. Complex legal and notarized translations will be necessary (certificates, proxies, signature authentications and so on). With Property in Sicily in your corner you have nothing to fear.
Italian Language Courses
Finally, if you decide to buy property in Sicily, we strongly advise you to learn a little Italian. Certainly you can get buy it without it, but this will always leave a barrier between you and a true understanding the local culture. Moreover we can say with certainty that you would risk missing out on some of the incredible generosity of the Sicilians.
Since 1986 we have run an Italian language school for students from all over the world. Our premises are in the beautiful coastal city of Cefalù but for those further afield we also provide online courses. Studying at Solemar Academy is always first and foremost about communication and meeting your personal needs. With our qualified and experienced teachers you will very quickly pick up all those essential things to break into Sicilian culture: ordering a pizza, talking about sports in the pub, choosing the right fruit on the market – maybe even diving headfirst into Italy’s legendary romantic culture and finding true love!