Our first trip to Calabria was in the summer of 2009. We had already purchased an apartment on Lake Como and thought we’d look into the investment properties available in Southern Calabria. We had done a lot of research and read there were some great buys with tremendous growth potential in that region. We contacted Richard Hazel’s real estate management group; Windrush Alliance, and set up an appointment to view various properties in the area around Pizzo Calabro. Location and proximity to major highways, airports and train stations were key and the town of Pizzo was just the right place to start. From day one, Richard and his team were always very professional and demonstrated a strong knowledge of the real estate market in Calabria and the opportunities for economic growth.
We viewed a number of properties and decided to buy a two bedroom, two bath apartment with sea views from two balconies and every window. The location was perfect. The Marinella was only 400 meters from the sea and a short 20 minute car ride from Lamezia Airport and train station. Plenty of pizzerias, restaurants and gelaterias were in walking distance and the main center square was a short drive away.
Richard & his team helped us through the entire process from finding legal counsel to navigating the mortgage process and then to the final sale. That was no easy task since we were corresponding back and forth from our home in the USA.
The Windrush Group proved to be a truly turn-key, full service company in practise, where Windrush Alliance handled the sale-related matters, and the Apple Consulting member of the Group looked after all concerns that arose after the sale. After our purchase, Richard’s agents helped us buy all our furniture and accessories. One day Richard personally accompanied me to the mall so I could buy pillows, frames, mirrors, etc for the apartment. He even arranged to have all the furniture set up.
It also turned out that the Windrush Group also offer rental management services via Apple Consulting member; which we have been using since our purchase in 2010. They take care of internet marketing and managing the apartment rentals for us. They even manage the mail and pay our taxes and bills on time.
We have had a great experience with Richard, Paola and their team. We know our investment is always in good hands. We are not just their clients but we’ve become good friends through the years.
Thank you, Richard & Paola!
Donna & Bruce Levin
Marlton, New Jersey, USA