“Return to the Country” is an incentive scheme launched by the Croatian real estate company www.inlandcroatia.com offering EU rebates and grants of up to €75,000euros.
For example up to €75,000 is available towards the cost of renovating a traditional Croatian farmhouse or cottage with another €2000 for anyone installing solar power or solar heating systems. Other funds are also available for providing farmhouse accommodation or similar rural tourism activities; there is even help available for starting new businesses.
As elsewhere, Croatians have been moving away from the countryside areas into cities, leaving behind farms and smallholdings they inherited from their grandparents. “Return to the Country” aims to reverse this trend by matching British and other ex-pats with some of these vacant unused properties.
“It’s a win-win situation” explained Keith Pierce from the company www.inlandcroatia.com “Croatians are not interested in restoring old properties or the traditional way of life, they want a city apartment close to supermarkets, shops and work. In contrast, most of the British people we meet are looking for a smallholding where they can live in a more eco friendly, green and sustainable way and build a new lifestyle living off the land. One wants a city life the other to live in the country, opposites that benefit each other perfectly”.
In these tough economic times the idea is also likely to appeal to anyone trying to sell their property in the UK. With the prospect of EU funding some sellers may be able to accept a lower price for their property and still come out profitably. The alternative is waiting years for the UK property market to recover before they can realise their dreams.
Croatia will join the EU in 2013 and while property prices there are currently very low they are increasing steadily. At the moment you can still buy a one acre smallholding in need of renovation for less than 15,000GBP (€20,000) or a larger farm with several acres of land for less than 35,000GBP (€45,000)
Inland Croatia offers a beautiful mix of mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, forests and wide open plains; it’s a place where you can find peace tranquillity and a true sense of Mother Nature at her best. The water is clean, the air is fresh and the land fertile with four proper seasons every year. Add to this Zagreb city centre and its international airport are only a 30 minute drive away and you really do have the best of both worlds.
www.inlandcroatia.com specialises in restoration of traditional buildings and can provide a complete renovation service where required, some examples of finished projects are shown on their website. Alternatively they are happy to introduce reliable contractors and suppliers to anyone who wishes to undertake building work themselves.
If you decide to go on one of the company’s free* inspection visits, they will happily arrange for you to meet some of the other British ex-pats already living there so you can and ask any questions you may have over a cup of tea or a glass of the local wine.
If you would like to know more about this lovely country then visit the company’s website, it may be just the place and the people you are looking for.
*Terms and conditions apply.
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Real Estate Agents, Building Construction and Project Management Consultants specialising in the sale, restoration and renovation of tradtional properties.