Wow! Today is the middle of the year and I can assure you that anyone connected to real estate in Piemonte is already exhausted. I know I am. I will be taking some days out soon and hope to come back full of energy and ideas.
Now I want to give you some free advice on how to write to an agent. I'll make a list, let's call them rules. They're not but you get the point. I'm going to be straight but know this is good advice!
Does the agent need know your life story in your first email? At this point, no one has the time to read a long story, you need to get to the point. Get to know the agent first, then they will do all they can. I filter out long emails as I don't have the time to read them. I love telling stories and I love hearing the stories of others but let's get the order right.
Be specific. Tell the agent what house/s you're interested in and ask specific, relevant questions about it.
Show you are dead serious. We get a lot of casual enquires. It's our living, we want to know you are serious buyer!
Get to know the agent. I love people and love getting to know new people, some agents aren't so open and not so interested. If you don't trust the agent, maybe walk away. If they have to ask for a signed contract before you even start, well... that's maybe a sign they're not easy to deal with. This will all become part of your experience of buying - like the courtship before marriage - kind of.. Make it a nice experience for everyone, get to know the agent.
That's about it! Just one question I get asked is - am I too late to buy here? Well, all houses are selling. Some have been on the market for 7-8 years and now are selling. You are late, but not too late. You might just have to wait until the right house comes along and you might have to compromise. But here's a thing, I live in a house that most people would say 'no way' but we love it. For us it's about living here, enjoying the sun, the people, the food and wine.
I was writing this and thinking about what photo to use - I'll use a photo of my house (below with white arrow - and header photo). We've been in it for 18 years, we paid €150,000 and we love it even more now than that exciting day we moved in. I've been so busy it's lacked some TLC these last 2 years but after a short break, everything will be put right.