Read what our customers and clients have to say about working with us.
"Remodeling an old house on a Sicilian Island far out in the Thyrrenian Sea and with no road access is not a simple task, Especially, if the new owner is a foreigner who barely speaks Italian and doesn't know much about the complex challenges of the relevant bureacratic procedures and obstacles, that nature presents against such an endeavour. WREI overcame all these difficulties in surprising effectivity. In an a very short time the project was approved, put into action and completed.
9 months after our first visit to our new home, which was then in a dreadful condition, we spent our first holiday there and everything was just right."
CB, Germany Sept. 7, 2013
"We (a German family of 5 people) had spent several holidays in the Aeolian Islands, when we got fascinated by the idea to buy a home in the Archipelago. But how to achieve this as foreigners, who know little about the situation here, except that we love this hidden treasure of the Mediterranean... After some research on the internet we found the real estate agency of Raphael T Harris and his wife Rosaria. Since then everything went smooth and easy. They provided a level of service I had never expected and everything they advised and did turned out to be trustworthy and reliable. We found the perfect property at a reasonable price and only about a month afterwards we were able to close the purchase. But their service goes even further. We are now in the process of remodeling the villa and again their support is dedicated, detailed and responsive to our needs. We are very happy with their work and look forward to a lasting relationship."
CB, Germany Oct 1st, 2012
"My brothers and I live in America, and we inherited from our father a villa and property on one of the Aeolian Islands of Sicily. We used Raphael Harris of World Real Estate Immobiliare to sell the property. Raphael is an American Sicilian, based in Messina and Capri, and has great contacts with people looking to buy in southern Italy. Raphael found us the right buyer in a very tough real estate market. And, he made the entire process of selling easy for us, from the contract, to the title, to the Italian power of attorney we needed to have notarized here in America, and even to setting up the transfer of funds from Italy to our American banks after the closing. We thought the process might take months, and Raphael got it done in a matter of weeks. Raphael is thoroughly professional and communicates well. It was ideal to have an Italian agent who spoke English and understood our concerns. I would highly recommend World Real Estate Immobiliare to any English speaking person looking to buy or sell in southern Italy."
R.C. Chicago IL, L.C. Pittsburgh PA and V.C. San Francisco CA
"We were searching for a house on Isola di Salina and were frustrated by the lack of response from most Italian Real Estate Agents when we came across the World Real Estate website. Raphael T Harris Jr is an American Sicilian based in Messina and Capri and he had a house listed that seemed very close to what we were looking for. We visited the house in May 2012 and made an offer while we were there. Raphael did a good job negotiating and we signed an agreement that week. We then expected a long drawn out completion process in true southern Italian style. However, with excellent co-operation from all concerned, we were amazed to find ourselves back in Sicily just seven weeks later to complete the deal and take possession. No delays, no unpleasant surprises! It would have taken us at least three months to have done the same in France."
AKB & CA, Monaco 4th July 2012
"Our family was faced with the seemingly impossible task of selling a property in Southern Italy in 2010 and we could not find anyone who could help us. All the agents we had spoken too, seemed unconcerned and unwilling to act as a "sole agent" which did not fill us with much hope. We were recommended Raphael Harris of World Real Estate Immobiliare, and immediately things started to seem more hopeful. We had found someone who could handle this daunting process for us. Raphael is a Sicilian by way of the USA and he operates perfectly in both Italian and English. However, it was his understanding of the local property market and the care he took to make sure we negotiated safely, what is probably the most difficult property market in Europe, that we were most impressed with. Oh yes..and he somehow managed to conjure a buyer for our property from the sands of a beach on the Amalfi Coast! He then held our hands through the whole selling process and everything went without a hitch. I could not recommend him highly enough."
AP & SP, Bedfordshire UK, 2011