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Matthew was fantastic on our day in Como - what a lovely person
“Matthew was fantastic on our day in Como - what a lovely person, he was very knowledgeable about the properties and the towns we visited on Lake Como. He offered solutions that we hadn't even thought about and has made us think about other types of properties and areas. We have lots to think about!
His fluent Italian helped and he took his time showing us round and making sure we were happy before moving on.”
Ann McCormack, UK, 28/03/2017
We would not have dared to buy in Italy without you
“Sarah and I fell in love with the apartment in Pognana and we are very excited at the prospect of owning it! Many thanks to you and Matthew for your professional and friendly approach at every stage of the viewing and negotiating processes. We would not have dared to buy in Italy without you.”
Mr & Mrs Carter, UK, 28/02/2017
Thank you for all your help finding us a property on Lake Como
I haven't had a chance to thank you for all your help finding us a property on Lake Como! Beverley and Matthew were both terrific taking us out to see lots and lots of interesting properties!
Beverley really honed in on what we were looking for quickly and found us the perfect vacation apartment in Menaggio. She is not only a great real estate agent but was a most enjoyable tour guide as well! Great knowledge of the region!!
We are very excited to enjoy our new place! It should be ready next June so if you come to Menaggio next summer please let us know as we would love to meet you in person!
All the best Laurie
Laurie & Joe, USA, 10/08/2016
“Matthew has been a delight to deal with - he has given impeccable service. His evaluation of my needs was absolutely spot on, and his knowledge as an architect has been very generous. It is also very re-assuring to deal with someone who fully understands the English and Italian markets and architectural regulations. I haven’t hesitated in recommending Matthew to prospective buyers as he has made the process easy and he is always a pleasure to speak to.”
First class service
“I wish to express my appreciation for the 'first class' service and support Susan and I have received from Fiona in Italy, and, at the beginning, from Pauline here in the UK. Yours is an excellent organisation!”
Joseph Piccioni 12/05/2016
Very professional, nothing too much trouble
“Fiona was fantastic. Very professional, nothing too much trouble and a good listener. We could not have asked for more.”
Peter S. UK 01/02/2016
Praising your professionalism and attitude
“Merry Christmas to all and please put a review in my name praising you and particularly Matthew's professionalism and attitude”
Maggie Meigh, UK 21 December 2015
One of the best agents.
“Matthew was delightful - one of the best agents we have ever had the pleasure of meeting.”
Julia & Hadi Saadat UK. 02/12/2015
Couldn’t have asked for a more professional and pleasant person
I met Matthew as arranged and found him really helpful and couldn't have asked for a more professional and pleasant person to help me with my searches. I am currently now taking stock and giving some thought on what I viewed to decide if it is something I wish to take further. There are areas of compromise (which is usual in buying property!) so I need to think carefully if these are acceptable to me or not.
Once again the whole process of viewing was made very easy and thank you very much for your assistance, along with Matthew.
Odette S. UK 03/11/2015
So impressed with your dedication, follow up and excellent service.
Our tour around the Como Lake was very interesting, and Matthew was an amazing guide. We have received genuine and generous information from him about the properties and the different aspects of the region, excellent companion, and valuable resource! We are so impressed with your dedication, follow up and excellent service, we wish to find our desired property through your agency... meanwhile we continue to drive around familiarizing ourselves with the area around lake Como, lake Lugano and lake Maggiore.
S. Barmada, Switzerland 14/05/2015
Very lucky to get such a fine person to handle our purchase.
I'm sure you have heard we have a signed contract and moving forward to closing this purchase.
I can't say enough about how professional Matthew has handled this whole transaction, he has had great ideas and has acted on them, always for our benefit.
I could go on, but the bottom line is, we were very lucky to get such a fine person to handle our purchase.
Thanks Pauline, you have been assessable at all times, and a great help as well.
Mr R.Russi, USA - 25/02/2015
Tireless attention during the offer and purchase process helped ensure a smooth and successful completion.
"Just a note to let you know that completion went smoothly last Friday, and I would like to say how valuable Matthew's help has been during the whole process.
First of all let me say how charming and endlessly patient Matthew has been while helping with a my lengthy search for a home here in Italy.
It was he who ultimately identified the property purchased, and organised so many viewings before the decision was made..
His tireless attention during the offer and purchase process helped ensure a smooth and successful completion, and I thank him very much, he did indeed make a difference."
L. Smith, Lake Como - 10/12/2014
Not in your face but always there to answer questions and more importantly to answer those questions honestly.
"I have been looking for a home abroad for three years. I have searched in France, Spain, Corfu, Cyprus, Ibiza and Italy. I realised that recession time, was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take advantage of a historically low and sluggish property market.
Basically, I have seen an awful lot of property and a lot of awful agents. They ranged from the desperate, lying variety, you tend to find in Southern Spain, to the arrogant, couldn’t be bothered type, you find in France.
Fortunately, I happened across Pauline at International Horizons. Based in England but with a vast knowledge of the foreign property market, they instinctively knew the best tack for Brits. Not in your face but always there to answer questions and more importantly to answer those questions honestly.
Buying a property abroad is daunting enough, without having to try and work out if you can trust the agents. With International Horizons you can, implicitly. They’re not frightened to call a ruin, a ruin.
With their help I have finally found an absolutely gorgeous, house in Lake Como. Right now, it is characterful, in time it will become beautiful. I am so grateful to Pauline for not treating me like a time waster when after two and a half years I still hadn’t found anything. I am so grateful to her agent Matthew in Como for making my dream happen.
Once I had seen the little house, which incidentally wasn’t even on the market when they told me about it, to completing on it some five weeks later, was the easiest and most stress free property purchase I have ever made. Thank you so much, I am very happy and very grateful."
Mr. Fryer, UK - 12/04/2014
Lake Como Property Viewings – What A Great Help! So Impressed With Your People On The Lake.
"Many thanks for all your help during the process which we've been through together. I was so impressed with your people "on the lake" that in fact, regardless of the single ultimate end result of this search, I intend to keep contact with them once we move there to live, hopefully later this summer. Not only they did a good job viewing properties with us, but they all offered to be at our disposal for clarifying further queries which we might have, regardless of the specific properties shown. In Beverly's case, I got several mails with contact details of almost every relevant professional which we might need when moving there – what a great help! In short, you have excellent people down there – we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts."
We are really pleased with our new house on Lake Como !!!
I had intended to write to you to thank you for your help, but in particular to let you know of the support and help that both Matthew and Beverley gave us in searching for a property.
Throughout the process they always made us feel that they were there to help us find the right property for us – something that requires much patience and time on their part. We also felt very comfortable that we could place our trust in them and rely on their honesty and integrity when looking at properties and providing local knowledge necessary to help us evaluate the various locations around the lake.
Once we decided upon a property, everything required to purchase the house, from the price negotiation through to the contractual completion has been superbly managed by Matthew and all I've had to do is write the cheques (and they were all exactly as estimated) !!!! Both the help to find a property and the support to make the purchase have been excellent from Matthew and represents a complete outstanding service.
Finally, I also found your web site very good and the regular email shots of latest properties helps keep the momentum going.
Thank you again."
Mr. A. Morgan, UK - 08/04/2013
"Finding an apartment abroad can be quite stressful at the best of times, nevertheless, with International Horizons this was made fairly easy for us! In particular, Pauline Scrace was always very helpful and guided us through the whole process, from narrowing down the search through the final contract. I highly recommend Pauline and her team!"
John & Raffa, Middlesex - Jan 2013
"I am very glad to say that the service that you, and Melanie, provided, not only with the Bali villa but, earlier, with the enquiry and inspection visit to the apartment on lake Como (remember?) has been first class! Friendly, competent and (this is rare) truthful!!"
J.F, UK - 28/03/2011
"Many thanks once again. Just to let you know that I am very pleased with the level of service that you, your colleague and company have provided to date."
Mr D. Hazell, UK - 15/03/2011
"It was with some trepidation that I embarked on the purchase of an apartment in Italy as buying a property can be a daunting prospect at any time, the more so with the added complications of working in a foreign country with an unfamiliar language and legal system. However, International Horizons were extremely helpful with every aspect of the process from the initial viewing through to completion. They answered my many questions with professionalism, introduced me to the various agencies in Italy that I was required to deal with, helped with language difficulties and made sure that I was kept appraised of every aspect during the purchase process.
I would particularly like to thank and recommend Pauline Scrace in the UK, whom I was in almost daily contact with during the early stages, and Paola Cleps based in Italy, who made introductions, talked to the various Italian agencies on my behalf and made not only the purchase but also the subsequent process of moving in and setting up utilities etc so much easier.
I have no doubt that the purchase would have been far more difficult if they had not helped me through it and I have no hesitation in recommending them wholeheartedly."
Steve, UK - 01/03/2011
"We have been very pleased with the services of International Horizons in finding our Lake Como property. Pauline was always helpful and informative with enquiries and through the whole buying process. They made the whole process very simple and we are so happy with our choice."
Rita and Mike Kobrak, UK - 10/02/2011
"International Horizons offer a very useful service for those looking to find a property abroad. The website is very good for seeing what's out there and highlighting investment opportunities and the team are very friendly and knowledgeable in assisting through the purchase process. I would recommend International Horizons as offering a very helpful service when searching for a property abroad."
Mr H. Wood, UK - 10/02/2011
"Having dealt with Pauline at International Horizons, we found her extremely professional and very easy to deal with. Our trip to Como was made that much easier with her 'can do' attitude, and as a result we now have a lovely new second home. Her attention to detail and after care was second to none."
Mrs Dobson, UK - 16/11/2010
“Thank you for your informative reply. You describe exactly what we are looking for in an agent. We have been looking mainly in Tuscany and out of curiosity i looked at the lakes. I have however made up my mind and will not look outside Liguria and Tuscany. Many thanks, Mrs G.Greve”
Mrs G Greve, London UK - 17th Jan 2011