Case Study

We can help you purchase a property and renovate it, or buy some land and build your dream home. The following is a case study that illustrates what kind of services we can provide.

Finding a Property

Raphael T. Harris was approached in 2012 by a client looking to purchase a property in the Aeolian Islands. We sourced a list of suitable properties from our list of sellers and personally escorted and presented the prospective buyer around each location.

Property before purchase

Purchasing the Property

The search was successful and a formal offer was presented for a Aeolian Islands property on the 3rd of September, 2012. Buying and selling property in Italy is a complex affair but we have the local knowledge and the experience to accelerate the process of purchasing or selling. We make the process of buying and selling property in Italy clear and easy to understand. The offer was accepted on the 7th of September, 2012 and the home was closed the 25th of September 2012.

Renovating the Property

The new owner left Sicily after closing on their new property on the 25th September. Raphael T. Harris was hired to oversee the renovation and we hired an Architect / Engineer, developed a restoration project plan and sourced a local construction company. The first helicopter flight delivering the construction materials landed on January 28, 2013.

Property during renovation

Project Delivered!

We gave the Client the keys upon his return to Sicily in May 22, 2013. 9 months from showing the property to renovation completed!

Property after renovation

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 bureaucratic procedures and obstacles, that nature presents against such an endeavour. Raphael T. Harris 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

I met Raphael through LinkedIn... It was quite fortuitous that I made that connection... Within a matter of months I was touring Sicily with Raphael... We settled on 2 properties and worked out offers to the most attractive. We closed without any difficulty and Raphael and his team walked me through all aspects.
Raphael is now coordinating the renovation process and I could not be more pleased with his diligence and the quality of work. He is truly the most qualified and honest partner for those interested in vacation, residential or tourist property in Sicily, southern Italy or the surrounding islands.
Rick Morales, Retired Wealth Management Professional, Houston, Texas, December 5, 2017
"Remodeling an old house on a Sicilian Island... with no road access is not a simple task... Raphael overcame all these difficulties... 9 months after our first visit to our new home... we spent our first holiday there and everything was just right."
CB, Germany Sept. 7, 2013
"We had spent several holidays in the Aeolian Islands, ... But how to achieve this as foreigners, who know little about the situation here... After some research on the internet we found the real estate agency of Raphael T Harris... Since then everything went smooth and easy... "
CB, Germany Oct 1st, 2012
"We were frustrated by the lack of response from most Italian Real Estate Agents when we came across Raphael's website. Raphael T Harris Jr is an American Sicilian based in Messina and Capri... Raphael did a good job negotiating and we signed an agreement that week... we were amazed to find ourselves back in Sicily just seven weeks later... No delays, no unpleasant surprises!"
AKB & CA, Monaco 4th July 2012