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Sick of wasting your time searching website after website to find your Dream Property?
Just get yourself an experienced Agent to do the groundwork for you instead, so all you have to do is work through a shortlist of properties that meet your needs, and decide which ones are worth your time.
If sitting back, and having the properties brought to you sounds attractive, then our Property Searching Service is exactly what you need.
Here’s how it works.
You know exactly what you want, you know the property exists, but you just haven’t found it yet. Your time is valuable, so why waste it looking for yourself, when all you need to do is book a 20-minute Zoom call with one of our experienced agents?
In that time, we will ask you everything we need to know about your Dream Property, including:
Once the parameters are set, and we know who you are, what you want, and the timescale that works best for you, it's time to choose one of our two options.
We will go through all the properties in our database, and produce a shortlist of properties that meet your needs, and send you an update when a property matching that description is added to our books.
Premium searches aren’t limited to properties on our database. We will literally visit every website, call every other estate agent, and be your Personal Representatives in the Istrian real estate world.
This is for the serious buyers, who want someone to turn over every stone in Istria to find the right property for them. Yes, it comes at a price, but from now on, all you have to do is sit back, and let your Agent do all the heavy lifting.
Once you have chosen the option that is right for you, and the parameters have been set, it's time to enter into an Agency Broker Fee Agreement to ensure that you understand both ours and your obligations, before undergoing the rest of the process.
When the Agreement has been signed, we set up your Maris account, and start searching Istria for all the properties that meet your needs. (This is the point to walk away if you are not serious.)
If you chose Option 1, the rest of the process is covered in the Buyer’s Roadmap.
However, if you want the Premium Service, continue reading, as your journey will be a little different.
Now the fun begins. We will search every listing in Istria that meets your needs, and begin producing a shortlist of properties for you to choose from.
From your perspective, this will be like online dating where all you have to do is swipe right on the properties that catch your attention. However, unlike online dating your Agent on the ground will do all the due diligence to make sure you don’t get catfished.
That means before you view any properties yourself, your Agent will visit the properties you want to see on your behalf, take photos, video & drone footage of the property and surrounding area, give you their professional opinion of the property, and do basic background checks to make sure everything is nice and legal.
Note: We still recommend hiring your lawyer to do a more thorough check before buying a property.
Offer & Negotiations
Yes, the Agents responsible for selling the property have likely already done most of this to come up with an asking price, ensure there are no hidden issues, and that everything is legal, but our job is to protect your interests. That means we will call on our own resources & contacts to make sure you aren’t getting ripped off.
Having an OIB is necessary for anyone wanting to purchase a property in Croatia, as anyone who has any financial dealings in Croatia has to have this number. Your OIB is linked to your bank account, taxes, utility bills, etc.
You aren't obliged to open a Croatian Bank account to buy a property, but we recommend you do, as it makes the whole process easier.
To do this, you will need your passport, ID Card and OIB, which will need to be done in person due to Croatian banks not sending PIN codes to addresses outside of Croatia. You'll also have to sign some documents related to privacy & GDPR in person.
Now that your offer has been accepted, and signed by all parties, it’s time to pay a down payment of 5% into a special escrow account within Maris to reserve the property, whilst all the legalities are worked out. This means your new property is effectively held for you until closing.
As your agents, we will go over all the paperwork with your lawyers to double-check that everything is in order, and all the property documents are up to date.
If you don’t have any, we can recommend a reliable lawyer that speaks your native language.
At this point, both you and the sellers will review the written agreement before it’s formally signed in front of a notary. In the case that one of the parties is not a Croatian citizen, it will be necessary to obtain a certificate of land use, which may take 1 to 2 weeks, and will require both your OIB and bank details.
Note: We can also arrange that any signatures can be done at home, and submitted either by post or email.
Once all the documents have been collected, double-checked, and the formal agreement has been signed in front of a notary, you as the buyer will be expected to pay the full down payment.
Hip hip hooray, it's closing day! Congratulations, you’re now approaching the end of your journey.
All that is left to do is pay the seller in full, so that they can sign a Tabular Statement (confirmation of full payment) that specifies you, the new owner has upheld your end of the deal, and are now permitted to register your ownership of the property, a process that takes 1-3 working days.
As your Agents, we will ensure that all the utilities are transferred into your name, and you are properly insured. Just remember that paperwork can take a few months to come back, but rest assured that your agents will make this as painless as possible.
We will take you through a final walkthrough of the property, to ensure that nothing unexpected has happened in the last few hours.
Now it’s finally time to hand you over the keys to your New Home! If you throw some crazy housewarming party, don’t forget to invite us over.
The property in question is now Yours, but that doesn't mean that your relationship with the agent has to come to an end.
The best agents have a large list of local contacts that can be provided upon request to make any changes to the property that you see necessary, or even just make the ease of moving in easier.
Common contacts you may need include:
If the services you are looking for haven't been mentioned, then just give us a call. We’ll open up our network, and find a professional who can help out.
After all, you’re part of the Maris family now.
With Maris you can't miss :). Our experience with buying a land for our future home construction was remarkable. Extremely professional from the very start, helpful and responsive to all our questions and doubts. We found the land (we bought at the very end, of course) on their website which was also intuitive, straightforward and with all the relevant data we needed to make this big decision. We struggled finding a professional agency for months and we must point out if there was a real estate agency we would recommend and share trust with, it's definitely Maris.
Vielen lieben Dank an das tolle Team von Maris. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt von diesem Team betreut zu werden und sind sehr dankbar für den Service und die korrekte Betreuung. Alles top abgewickelt und entspannt. Besonders haben wir uns gefreut das der Service auch nach dem Kauf weiter vorhanden war. 5 Sterne, bester Makler in Istrien.
Germany, Warendorf,, 2022.
Before choosing a real estate agent, I spent a lot of time looking for my dream property in Istria. I soon realised that the whole process would be much faster and less stressful if I sought professional help.One day I stumbled across Aljoša, and we hit it off instantly. His open personality and extensive market knowledge made me trust him right away.
Aljoša not only took the time to visit every single property I wanted to see (and I wanted to see 40 of them!), but also agreed to visit them a second time, after we narrowed them down into a shortlist. That's how I found the one I eventually bought.
Once the plot was chosen, getting the documents checked was fairly quick. Aljoša made sure it was done in a few days, and that I had everything I needed to make my dream house a reality - from the land register & cadastre through to the location information & planning permissions.
A week or two later the deal was done, and the contract signed!
Aljoša's help made the whole process quick & painless, and he went out of his way to ensure that I found what I needed.
He's the ONLY estate agent I know of that would visit the properties IN HIS SPARE TIME to take drone footage so I could get an idea of what a location looks like from above, or the views a second story window might have. Talk about great customer service, huh?!
To cut the long story short, Maris' property searching is worth every penny, and will definitely exceed your expectations. I simply cannot recommend Aljoša highly enough.
When I decided to sell my house, Maris was one of the real estate agencies that simply stood out. Aljoša was knowledgeable & professional from the very beginning, yet approachable and caring at the same time. If you ask me - that's an amazing combination!
The whole process was very easy, as we agreed for exclusivity. Exclusivity comes handy for people who don't have time to go back & forth million times with other agencies.
The house was sold 6 months after listing, after only a few potential buyers actually viewed the house. This is important because you don't waste time on cleaning and preparation for each visitor.
Every single thing was handled by Maris, so I was relaxed during the whole process. If you don't want to have a single worry while selling your property - do yourself a favour, and hire Aljoša!
An amazing service of this man / company. We gave him the keys to the house, then we went sailing, he took care of everything. Took great pictures of houses and area around. Used among other drone. Sold the house quickly, to good price. This is a person who really goes in for his job and not least, a person you can count 100 % on. Follow up and help both sell and buy.
My recent experience working with Maris was nothing short of extraordinary. Their team was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, always providing prompt responses to my inquiries. The entire process of buying/selling through their services was seamless and stress-free. They truly went above and beyond to ensure an effortless and enjoyable transaction. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great real estate experience.
We have been looking and wondering for a very long time: where, what, how and when to invest and buy a vacation house. We met Mr. Aljoša and after just a few sincere encounters the decision was quickly made! Besides the money, the next thing to consider when making purchase decisions is choosing the right agent and agency. We strongly recommend – it is important to work, but also to keep your empathy and remain human. Mr. Aljoša was of great help at all times – from preparing the necessary documentation to answering our many questions, even those not related to buying the real estate. He was kind and patient, honest and always professional. We wish him all the luck in further private and business plans. Family Zobić, August 7, 2017
Maris has the best service ever! Thank you very much for the excellent support and keep doing so Aljosa.