Mr. and Mrs. Girtley from UK wrote:
The morning of Friday the 9th January 2009 was like any other day in corporate life. Logging on to e-mails and following through on the schedule for the following week. The e-mail to tell me that I was at risk of redundancy arrived at around 11.00am and it became clear to me by the end of that day that the 'risk' was going to be a definite reality. Our lives had just changed forever..
Major change often comes out of the blue and one can choose to be a victim and take the self pity route (which I did for a while) or the change can be seen as an opportunity to try something new. After countless hours searching the internet for yet another corporate job, the 'something new' popped into my head.
The Sogno Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Dream) had been something that my husband, Pete, and I had been talking about for some time but we thought that the dream had been shattered that January morning. Thankfully we had the good fortune to find some great people to help guide us through the next few months and once the 'something new' idea started to flourish we made contact with Paul at CalabriaInvest and thanks to some sound advice and encouragement from Paul our new life in Calabria, Italy started to take shape.
We decided to put our UK home on the market, sold it within 24 hours, to a cash buyer and completed the sale 5 weeks later. Ironically the people to whom we sold the property bought it as an investment and once they found out about our Italian adventure they offered to rent the property back to us until we were ready to move. All very spooky and both Pete & I got the feeling that there were some cosmic forces at work helping to guide us!
So, in March of 2009 we travelled to Calabria, met up with Paul and he introduced us to a local Estate Agent who kindly showed us a few properties in the Pizzo area. They were both really helpful and Paul continued to provide sound advice. However, there was a real pull towards a place we had fallen in love with in 2008, Tropea, in particular, Capo Vaticano....
We had made contact with INCALABRIA, specifically Dennis and Jessika Onstenk back in August 2008 and had started the process to re-mortgage our house in order to fund the purchase of a property in Ricadi. However, the financial situation in the UK at the time was pretty poor and we had to pull out and thought that particular dream had gone forever. We were extremely disappointed, especially as Dennis and Jessika came across as people one could really trust. Well, fast forward to March 2009. We took the opportunity to meet up with Dennis and Jessika and the dream started to become reality. It sounds a little like a cliche' but our first instinct of being able to trust the Onstenks' was the right one. The property that we had seen at their Sogno Mediterraneo complex was still available (yet more cosmic forces in play) and we immediately fell in love with it and on July 27th 2009 we became the proud owners of Apartment Number 1!
Many people like to write 'bad news' stories and we realise that it is early days in our new life, and there are still likely to be some challenges ahead. We feel however, that we have found a reputable company we can trust, who believe in (and are passionate about) their projects, who keep to their word and deliver exactly what they promised. Thank you INCALABRIA.
Let me finally say that though this 'story' may seem like a 'plant', it isn't and both Pete and I would both be delighted to discuss our 'adventure' with anyone who cares to hear about it.
Mr. & Mrs. Girtley bought in 2009 at Sogno Mediterraneo in Capo Vaticano
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