New Albanian Real Estate Portal
by Gordana Davila on 7 January, 2013
The tiny Mediterranean country of Albania is not often talked about or thought of as a holiday destination, even though it shares the same pristine Adriatic waters as tourist magnets Croatia, Montenegro and Italy.
Once part of the ‘iron curtain,‘ the country was known as The Socialist Republic of Albania, which was dissolved 1991, the new Republic of Albania was established and formally applied for EU membership in 2009.
In 2012 the U.S. Department of State stated that, Albania has put in place a liberal foreign investment regime and increasing FDI is a top priority for the GOA, and that the government has taken measures to improve the overall business climate in the country.
Tourism is also beginning to tip its proverbial hat to the country, with the Lonely Planet listing Albania as the number one tourist destination on its Top Ten Countries to visit in 2011.
With Albania experiencing a sort of rebirth, it’s no wonder that real estate is being sought for by local as well as international investors (especially Russian). Property sites are beginning to make their presence known; the latest is Albania-Estate.com which offers residential, commercial and industrial property in the capital city Tirana, and covers the main beachside resort towns of Durres, Himara, Vlora and Saranda.
The aim of the new website is to become the largest Albanian real estate portal, with a large network of local real estate professionals, offering properties for Sale and Rent including apartments, villas, shops, offices, warehouses and land, as well as holiday apartments and villa rentals for tourists. The website will also feature off plan investment property, for individuals who are looking to invest in Albania at the current low prices.
Ilir Dardha, Albania Director said: “We are very pleased to launch our new website. Since launching Albanian property for sale in 2005, the demand for property here has grown and grown, due to the very low property prices and capital growth and rental return projections. Now we want to offer more services and features to cater for this emerging market.”
Albania Estate is translatable into 65 languages from Afrikaans to Yiddish. Listings offer ample information on the property, including plenty of photos, key features and location details. The option to sign up for a free newsletter is available, PDF plans of apartments/houses featured on the site are easily accessed and a property guide is offered by submitting one’s contact details. The site also offers extensive information about Albania, from its history and culture to practical travel information.
Though contacting Albania Estate proved to be a bit challenging (technical issues perhaps), the website is an attractive, easy to navigate website, and that’s most important when making a good first impression on a new visitor to its main page. Now to book a trip to Albania.
UPDATE: Though we experienced a bit of techno-trouble while attempting to contact Albania Estate, it seems our correspondence reached them after all, they were very quick to reply, and they are looking into the issue. This is a great sign, as customer service is very important.