Let’s buy

The ups, downs and detours of our hunt for a new rental property in Istria.

Is Istria for you? Let’s have a look at the Istrian property market

October 15, 2013
Beautiful Istria - Draguc in autumn

Looking for a property in Istria? Buying property abroad is far harder than buying at home. You don’t know the area, you don’t know the ‘rules’ and local customs, and you’re heavily dependent on, probably biased, outside advice. I can’t cover everything about the Istrian property market in one article, so here’s an overview, to...
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Buying a house in Istria – the paperwork

September 8, 2013
3 key property documents in Croatia

Thinking of buying a property in Istria – here’s some information about the key documentation needed here and throughout Croatia. When you buy a house in Croatia, the key documents you need fall broadly into the three categories listed below. Usually, they should all be provided by your estate agent as proof the property...
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Buying a rentable Croatian property

February 3, 2012
A house in Istria

Are you looking to buy a holiday home abroad – and hoping to fund your dream with some rental income? It may come as a surprise, but not all ‘tourist’ properties can be rented out … no matter how suitable they may look or what you are told. Before you make a possibly expensive...
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A ‘built-for-rental’ option

January 23, 2012
One of two terraces of house in Baredine development in Istria

Because of the problems of getting tourist rental classifications for new houses, we had decided to look at old properties only and our last hunting session threw up a good possibility in Fabci. But there was another possible option: how about a finished, built-for-rental development, which came with all the necessary paperwork?   What’s...
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What else is out there? Let’s find out.

October 10, 2011
Fabci house, unrestored

In our our hunt for a rental property in Istria our little side-trip to Pula showed we weren’t cut out to be property developers, so we went back to what we know best – rental houses. The first place we’d seen, in Mugeba, was still a great possibility. But before we finally committed to...
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Property developers extraordinaire?

September 20, 2011
Aerial shot of site, right in the heart of old Pula

Like many people at the moment, we found ourselves searching for ways to generate more income and, in late December 2010, started looking to buy a rental property in Istria. Based on past experience, we knew it would take a while – and indeed, the hunt still continues – but in the process, another...
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Mugeba revisited

September 8, 2011
house-edited-1

We started house hunting for another rental property in Istria, in late December 2010. After only our first afternoon’s viewing, it looked as if we’d found a great possibility. Would I be as enthusiastic second time around when I returned with a builder? What’s gone before | The hunt begins   When I first visited...
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Let’s buy another house?

August 30, 2011
1,-kuca

Thinking about buying a property abroad? Follow our recent house hunt for a holiday rental property in Istria for some real-life experience of what it takes.   The hunt begins… “Why don’t we buy another house?” This wasn’t quite the completely mad, extravagant statement to make out of the blue that it may seem....
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Buying a house in Istria

August 26, 2011
Losari

Thinking of buying a property abroad? Why not try Istria? With Croatia due to join the EU in July 2013, after three dead years life is beginning to flow back into the Istrian property market. In many ways, buying a house in Istria is all too easy. There are loads of attractive properties at fantastic...
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Aspectus

October 7, 2010

Based in Pula, Aspectus offers a wide range of properties throughout Istria. It was founded in 2008 by Laci Debeljak, who says the secret of his success is simple: doing the best job possible for his clients. “Much of our business comes from referrals,” said Laci. “People come to us because we provide a...
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Beatum

October 1, 2010
Zdravko Kneševic, Beatum, Novigrad, Istria

Based in Novigrad, Beatum offers all types of property in Istria, as well as a wide range of related services. What makes Beatum special is its owner, Zdravko Kneševic, who’s a real long-term property specialist. He established one of the first real estate agencies in Istria in 1991 – and has had happy customers...
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Europartner

September 20, 2010
Europartner team, Porec

Based in Porec, Europartner offers all types of property. They focus mainly on Istria, but also have local representatives along the whole Croatian coast. A fully-qualified estate agent, Mara Miloš established Europartner in 2006 and today leads a team of three. She worked for many years in Austria and, with a background in banking...
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Habitare

August 23, 2010
Visnja & Manuela of Habitare, Istria

Based in Porec, Habitare covers Porec, north and central Istria. They offer a full range of properties, many on exclusive offer. Having worked in real estate for many years, Višnja Simonetti established Habitare in 2006 and has a lot of experience helping foreigners find their ideal Istrian property – and more. Višnja says, “We...
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Habito

August 22, 2010
Karlo & Sanja from Habito, Istria

Based in Višnjan, Habito was established by Karlo Mates and Sanja Temsic in 2006, and has a wide choice of houses and apartments across Istria. What differentiates Habito from many agencies is their specific expertise with old properties. As a qualified structural engineer, Karlo not only knows how to sell houses, he also knows...
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LoveIstra / Istraplus

August 21, 2010
Stella Štifanic, LoveIstra, Porec, Istria

Based in Porec, LoveIstra / Istraplus covers all types of property and specialises in new, high-quality stone houses. As a partnership of two long-standing, Porec-based  agencies, together they offer many years of Istrian real-estate experience. (Zvjezdana (Stella) Štifanic founded LoveIstra in 2000 and Iva Radolovic founded Istraplus in 2004. The two companies hooked up...
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