Property-related items for those interested in buying or maintaining a property in Istria, or abroad in general.

Welcome inside – before work began

View from living room to stairs

Downstairs, the house is divided into three rooms. Standing with the front door to your back, the stairs are on your left, the old kitchen is in front and the living room is on your right. The house clearly hasn’t been occupied for decades and, this floor at least, needs totally gutting. Amazingly it still has...
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Outside – before work began

Close-up of front of house

The property consists of a traditional three-storey Istrian house, a barn and two outhouses on about 500m² of land. Looking from the parking at the entrance, the barn and house face each other at the end of a long thin garden. The outhouses are set next to each other on the left-hand side of...
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Let chaos reign!

Builder bringing the ceiling down

    We only bought the house yesterday (Monday). By 9:30 am today (Tuesday), the builders are ripping it apart.                                                    
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What else is out there? Let’s find out.

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?

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


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?


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


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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AM Color – colourful experts, inside and out

AM Color – colourful experts, inside and out

AM Color is the company for all your property’s interior and exterior needs. Established by Ante Miloš more than 20 years ago, it has a strong, proven record – with a long list of happy customers – and covers everything from full renovation to a final coat of paint, including: interior reconstruction constructing interior...
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AMT – for all your building needs

AMT – for all your building needs

If you’re looking for a builder, I highly recommend Miro and Toni Cabraja, otherwise known as AMT. They are the builders we use, and they’ve never let us down – so far! As well as handling the  restoration work at Kovaci, they also built the Little House at the bottom of our garden, installed...
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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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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 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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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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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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