FAQ's on Buying a Villa In Puglia 

What does 'Villa in Puglia' do for you?

'Villa in Puglia' and 'PugliaLiving.Srl', were set up in 2005 by Austrian designer Bettina Marksteiner. For the last 19 years she has produced cutting-edge designed houses based on the traditional Trullo, Lamia and Masseria architecture found in Puglia, utilisin her eye for design and project management and producing a unique amalgam of traditional style with modern efficient building techniques and clean modern interior décor.

Bettina provides a complete and personally tailored service from initial purchase of the property and land, through to the restoration or re-building of your house. The Italian term 'Chiave in mano' (in American English, 'Turnkey house'), is applied to these properties including the allied project. In other words, a set period is agreed to complete the project at the signing of contracts for both the property and the project, at which point the house is handed over to the purchaser, completely ready to move in to apart from personal furnishings.

The purchaser can decide to be fully involved with the initial project discussions, or take a back seat and allow Bettina to use her unique experience and knowledge to create the perfect home. Bettina takes personal control of all on-site works, liaising with all contractors and legal offices, keeping daily track of building progress and keeping you informed at all times. Her 11 years of experience in Puglia along with her Northern European business acumen has allowed her to call on an enviable bank of builders, trades and craftsmen, including stone masons, plasterers, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, all of whom are of the highest calibre and utterly loyal to her.

These full 'Villa in Puglia' services are exclusively available to the purchasers of 'Turnkey Houses' and Off Plan projects.

Legal aspects of puchase. What can I expect?

Purchasing a 'Turnkey House' and project from Bettina takes any concerns over the legal aspects of the purchase off your shoulders.

Once you have decided, in principle, to purchase your property, she will guide you through the initial contract signing, the compromesso. This, in effect is a promise to buy at a future agreed date, however, either party can withdraw from the contract at this stage, with or without penalty. After the signing of the compromesso, if not already done, she ensures through her notaio (lawyer) that the property has full legal title to be passed to you as the purchaser. Once legal title is ensured, she obtains all necessary planning permissions for the proposed project from the geometra (surveyor) at the local Commune.

The final decision to buy involves signing the rogito, the final purchase contract, at the notaio's office, after which the property and land signed for are yours. If you are buying one of the turnkey properties, with the allied project for completion, the building contract is signed at the same time as the rogito. A time is agreed between both parties as to how long the project will take to complete. This is part of the contractual agreement. As a rough guideline, most projects take between 12 and 24 months to reach completion after the signing of the building contract and rogito.

What else will "Villa in Puglia" help me with?

It is a legal requirement for a property buyer/owner in Italy to have a personal codice fiscale (insurance number). As part of the service, Bettina will arrange this for you with the minimum of fuss. A real bonus in a country where bureaucracy is an art-form!

Equally a bank account is a necessity, as any utilities such as gas and electricity are usually paid by direct debit. She will arrange to help you go through the process of opening a bank account at the most suitable branch. If you are going to spend time in Italy, it is always advisable and sensible to have a working bank account set up.

How can I get a real feel for "Villa in Puglia" houses?

Bettina can arrange for you to visit Puglia at your convenience and can find suitable accommodation for you during your stay. She will show you any of the properties you may be interested in and discuss their potential and plans for their restoration and construction.

One of the best ways to understand the quality and attention to detail that goes into producing these wonderful houses is to stay in one, enjoying a unique holiday at the same time. Should you wish to spend time in one of her houses, See houses for rent for more details or contact Bettina to arrange a stay.

Can 'Villa in Puglia' manage my house for me?

If you are planning to use your home as a rental investment and rent it out to holidaymakers, 'Villa in Puglia' provides a full management service taking the worry of looking after your house from a distance away from you.

The service includes changeovers, laundry, maid service, cleaning, gardening, and pool cleaning, provision of welcome packs and availability of the manager in emergencies. These services are tailored to you as the individual client and monthly prices set accordingly. Full monthly accounting is provided for you.

A full 'menu' of extra services is also available to the holidaymaker, including cookery service, baby-sitting, horse riding, bike hire, guided tours, massage, yoga and many other services. These are available to order directly by the holidaymaker, either before or upon arrival at your home.

How can I get in touch with 'Villa in Puglia'?

Contact Bettina by Mobile Phone: m. 0039 344 1403245 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.