"When Ron asked me to write a paragraph or two about our experience with Nicola, I reflected on our arrival in Cortona with our family and friends in May 2022. Our first official walkthrough the city was led by Laura Gremoli who shared her knowledge and passion about the history and beauty of this walled city. This was the beginning of our love affair with Cortona. As we were leaving two weeks later, Laura suggested that we consider buying an apartment here.
These words lingered in my husband’s mind as he made numerous comments about a return trip to Cortona. He soon contacted Laura, and she recommended Nicola Burazzi who she considered a most experienced and reliable realtor. Ron contacted Nicola and made plans for us to explore properties in Cortona in late October. But first, we met on zoom. Before describing available properties, Nicola asked why we wanted to buy a home in Cortona, Italy. His interest in our dreams caught our attention immediately! After Ron shared his desire to become a part of the community, Nicola briefly described the benefits of living within the walls of the city or the surrounding countryside. When the call ended, we were confident that Cortona was the right place for us. Throughout the process of exploring and eventually purchasing our home, he remained our advocate while representing the wishes of the owners.
Prior to our visit, we reviewed properties online and developed a plan to explore those of greatest interest. Once in Cortona, we realized how his attentive listening had influenced the properties we visited. He was forthright in identifying when properties were too highly priced and accommodated multiple schedule changes as we narrowed our search. We felt he had our best interest at heart. His passion for this community and his role in its daily life were obvious. It was impossible to walk down the street without someone greeting him and us warmly. It made us want to be a part of the Cortona community.
Nicola continued to represent us well during the negotiations to purchase our home. He simplified the complex process of the financial transactions essential to purchasing a home in Italy. We depended on him to assist us in contacting the right people and in following all rules and regulations. Our relationship did not end with the signing of the contract. He has been a constant resource as we transfer essential utilities and services. Nicola is a man if integrity who is intent on bringing good people to the community he loves and staying connected to them once they arrive" Ron and Ellen C. - February 2023 - Usa
If what you are looking for is intelligent minds, and honest people, then this is where you can find them.
Cortona International showed my property often, and always to qualified buyers. They were always available, and they were always right on with their advice. The team, Nicola, Roberto and Alison, here at Cortona International want was is best for you.
When my sale was complete, they handled everything so well, that I never worried. Their explanations were clear about all of the process. I always felt like I had someone on my side. If you want a fulfilling experience, this is your team.
Doumina Basil-Whyman - The Enthusiastic Traveler - Italy, France, Spain and Portugal - January 2021
We purchased our first property in Tuscany/Cortona 20 years ago, subsequently selling it and
purchased another and recently sold this property through Cortona International and Nicola Burazzi.
The process, even for one experienced in buying and selling in Italy (with ‘good’ Italian), can still be daunting and intimidating.
Partially because laws are always in flux with respect to what is required to buy and sell. But for we Americans it is more complex because the concept of multiple listings does not exist here. Consequently the realtor represents both parties, the seller and the buyer and should act as an intermediary and what is in the best interest of both parties versus the agency.
Having faith and trust in your realtor and the agency that handles the transaction determines whether your experience will be one to remember or one to regret!
We give Nicola and the Cortona International Team ‘5 Stars’ on all accounts!
Nicola stands as a man of character , a problem solver, a listener, calm under pressure, action oriented, detail obsessed leaving nothing behind and when the ‘bumps’ in the road occur he quick;y smooths them away. Plus he’s fun with an engaging personality!
The best compliment we can think to give him is that at the end of the process he has become not just your realtor but a new friend. After receiving his commission he doesn’t walk away but still stands by your side willing to help in any way possible.
We can highly recommend Nicola and the Cortona International Team without reservation. You won’t be disappointed!
Rob and Sheryl T - Cortona - October 2020
We had no knowledge of the Italian sales procedure, spoke minimal Italian and only visited Italy for a few weeks each year. So the thought of selling a house there was daunting. I inherited ours from my mother, and it was in much need of renovation. I need not have worried. Cortona International “did everything it said on the tin”, literally undertaking all necessary steps up to, during, and after our sale. Nicola and Alison provided an efficient, friendly and professional service.
We only met Alison, face to face, once, briefly, on the day of the sale. But she kept us regularly informed by email with progress, once a definite sale was likely. Nicola, with fluent English and easy-going manner, was on the scene from the start. He kept us in touch as he dealt with the Comune, our geometra and prospective buyers. He was always willing to “go that extra mile”.
Our actual sale was dependent on creation of two powers of attorney, and simultaneous purchase of extra land and establishment of a right of way – all negotiated by Cortona International. In the weeks before the sale, Nicola liaised with our Italian bank to ensure funds went to the right places. He accompanied us there immediately afterwards to do the same.
Following the sale, Nicola contacted the Comune again to resolve our over- and under-payments of taxes. Having extracted a final electricity bill from the electricity company a few weeks ago, Cortona International’s work is complete.
I am eternally grateful and I gather that our buyers are delighted. My husband, who never wastes his words, says “you did a good job”! Rosemary S – Uk – October 2019
"Hi Nicola, Dealing with Cortona International has been our best house buying experience ever. Nicola, Alison and Roberto are extremely professional and went beyond all expectations. Their knowledge and perseverance was a great asset in helping us negotiate to get our wonderful property. All the best" Gailo, Cortona, August 2019
"A tutti coloro che sono interessati ad un immobile nella zona di Cortona e aeree limitrofe vorrei consigliare volentieri di avere un colloquio con i responsabili dell'Agenzia Immobiliare Cortonese / Cortona International. Disponibilità, esperienza, professionalità e attenzione per i dettagli sono qualità che consentono di decidere in merito ad un immobile in modo adeguato e permettono anche ad un legale incaricato per una questione immobiliare di preparare al meglio per la propria clientela i passi necessari per giungere ad un contratto. Grazie all’Agenzia Immobiliare Cortonese / Cortona International è stato possibile definire in tempi brevi con successo e soddisfazione delle parti la questione immobiliare di cui mi sono occupato.
Dott. Francesco Senatore, Avvocato, ROSE & PARTNER LLP., Amburgo, Berlino, Monaco, Milano, Dicembre 2018, https://www.rosepartner.de/rechtsberatung/italienisches-recht/italienisches-immobilienrecht.html"
„Allen, die sich für eine Immobilie in Cortona und Umgebung interessieren, möchte ich gern empfehlen, ein Gespräch mit den Verantwortlichen von Agenzia Immobiliare Cortonese / Cortona International zu führen. Verfügbarkeit, Erfahrung, Professionalität und Aufmerksamkeit für Details sind Qualitäten, die eine Entscheidung bezüglich einer Immobilie in geeigneter Weise ermöglichen und auch einem für eine Immobilienangelegenheit beauftragten Rechtsanwalt einräumen, die notwendigen Schritte am besten vorzubereiten, um für die eigene Mandantschaft einen Vertrag abzuschließen. Dank Agenzia Immobiliare Cortonese / Cortona International konnte die Immobilienangelegenheit, mit der ich mich befasste habe, in kürzer Zeit erfolgreich und mit der Zufriedenheit der Parteien definiert werden.
Dott. Francesco Senatore, Rechtsanwalt, ROSE & PARTNER LLP., Hamburg, Berlin, München, Mailand, Dezember 2018, https://www.rosepartner.de/rechtsberatung/italienisches-recht/italienisches-immobilienrecht.html"
Our family has spent summer vacations past 20+ years in Tuscany and it became clear that our souls rest there. The lifestyle, beauty, history and simple way of life respecting mother nature is the way we want to spend our free time and hopefully the retirement as well. We discussed many years about buying an apartment in some nice ancient town closer to the retirement. Last summer we spent our holiday in Camucia and one day visited in Cortona. While walking in via Nationale we saw the picture of apartment which was exactly like the one we had discussed so many times and decided to walk into the agent’s office. We could not have imagined that this day visit would change our life. Roberto introduced the apartment and we fell in love. We discussed with Roberto which helped us to understand all critical aspects of the process as well as cost of ownership which helped us to finally bid for the house. Bid was accepted and with the help of Roberto and Nicola we were able to navigate successfully through all stages to become official owners of the apartment in about one week ago! We want to thank Roberto, Nicola and whole Cortona International staff to make our dream come true well before the original plan. The whole process went really smoothly and without any negative surprises. We are looking forward to know better the Cortona community of expats and of course to earn our place in the local community! Juha and Katriina, Helsinky, Finland - February 2023