At World Real Estate, we understand the most valuable thing in today’s real estate environment is proper counsel and representation. For over 19+ years, Founder and CEO Raphael T. Harris has worked tirelessly in both national and international luxury property markets, securing over $100M in real estate sales. Experience, stability and consistent performance is achieved with our 360° approach, enabling World Real Estate to provide discerning clients seeking that high level of service the opportunity to buy and sell uniquely located properties of exceptional quality in the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.
We believe our primary responsibility is to effectively equip our clients with the information, advice and representation required to position your property ahead of competitors by utilizing our proven proprietary marketing process. If you are the seller, we are going to assist you in being as analytical as possible in order to justify the highest value for your home.
If you are the buyer, World Real Estate will help you ascertain the fair value of the potential home and will never shy away from telling you to walk away if necessary. Our local knowledge and extensive contacts have established a proven track record making us one of the area's leading firms dealing with luxury properties. We also offer an array of resources for every part of your unique real estate experience, from locating your ideal luxury home or investment property, guiding development & remodels, to navigating tax laws and bank mortgages.
And if you are the owner, we will assist you with any service you may need now or in the future. Whether it's the connection of your electricity, water and gas, arranging your cleaning service or structuring comprehensive property management, World Real Estate will be there with you every step of the way.
We aim for our client's ultimate peace of mind and our goal is to have all their needs met, no matter how big or small. Whether you're an owner, buyer or seller, we here at World Real Estate regard each and every client as a family member with whom we share our extensive experience and expertise, all while ensuring the utmost privacy and discretion for your entire real estate journey from beginning to end.
"I was recommended Raphael by a well-known international property agent, after I complained to them that I thought they were not doing enough to sell our family's historic villa on Capri. Right from the start he was up front about the worth of the house in this difficult moment for Italian property, which has seen the Italian buyers market shrivel to nothing. Of the various agents we had the house listed with, he was by far the one who brought the most prospective buyers to see the property, and in the end after several years he was the one who brought the person who turned out to be the buyer. With all the hard work he put into our situation, I would have been disappointed (and surprised) if things had turned out differently. Well done Raphael!"
"Raphael went above and beyond during our search for a home in Italy. We spent many months looking for the right place and every step of the way Raphael was always very communicative and helpful in explaining the pros and cons of every property we looked at. One of the things that stood out to us as buyers, was that he was always on our side to get the best deal on the right property and wasn't playing both sides like most real estate agents do. If you want someone that is very honest, reliable and proactive in getting you exactly what you're looking for at the right price, I can't recommend him enough"
“I met Raphael through LinkedIn and had been interested in purchasing a villa in my ancestral Sicily. It was quite fortuitous that I made that connection.
Within a matter of months I was touring Sicily with Raphael and we centered on a few properties of interest. He was highly skilled at working through the nuances of purchasing real estate in Sicily.
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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."