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Property Searching Service

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.

Step 1

Discovery Call

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:

  • The size you are looking for.
  • The style of property.
  • Your ideal locations.
  • The distance from the sea.
  • Your budget.

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.

Option 1: Basic Search.

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.

Option 2: Premium Search.

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.

Step 2


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.

  • Once we’ve visited the properties on your behalf, and provided you with all the information you need, it's time to draw up a new shortlist, and decide which properties you want to view in person hassle-free.

  • We will organize your accommodation, transport, and itinerary of the properties you want to visit. The goal is to ensure that your visit to Istria is as pain free as possible, and you can concentrate on finding the right property for you. 

  • Once you've seen everything you want to see, it's time to sleep on it, and find out if your criteria have changed. If they have, then we restart the viewing process taking them into account. 

  • Now that you've found the property that is right for you - all you have to do is sign the Booking Confirmation, and we can move onto the next step.
Step 3

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.

  1. Once we've found your ideal property, we will perform a Market Analysis. What does it mean? It means we'll start pulling up all the information you need on comparable properties in the area.

    Both the type of property and your aims raises different questions that require local experts. For example, if you plan on developing a plot of land you will need to know planning permissions, architects, etc., or for a holiday rental you may need to speak to Tourism Agents.

    Either way, to ensure that the property in question not only meets your immediate and long-term needs, but is also fit for your purpose, it's important to engage the appropriate Experts at this stage, to ensure the property is right for you.
  2. Next, it is time to perform a comprehensive Property Inspection where a team of Experts checks everything from the foundations to the air conditioning, and makes sure that the property has been accurately valued.
  3. We will then send your Offer to the sellers for review. They have the option to accept, decline, or counter your offer. If they counter, this begins the negotiating process where we act as brokers, to ensure an agreeable outcome for both parties.
  4. Before the Final Contract is created, the results of the property inspection will be taken into account. For example, if anything has been identified as broken or in need of repair, getting them fixed will be added into the final conditions of the Sales Agreement before anything is signed.
Step 4


First you need your OIB (Personal Identification Number).

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.

Opening a Croatian Bank Account - not necessary, but recommended.

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. 

Step 5

Protect Your Investment

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.

Step 6

Closing The Deal

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.


You own a home in Istria!

Step 7

Post Purchase

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:

  • Moving Firms: Finding a reliable removal company that can guarantee that all your belongings will arrive in one piece is harder than you might think. If you need help finding one you can trust, just ask your agent.
  • Architects: Now that you have a new property, you may want to make some changes. Local architects know what fits best in the local area, so having their skills on speed dial is super useful.
  • Interior Designers: Decorating can be a beast, fortunately an interior designer can do all that for you. Your agent can link you in with someone who can take your vision and turn it into a reality.
  • Landscape Gardeners: Almost everyone wants to make changes to their garden, and having professionals on hand to do all that for you.
  • Builders: Finding a building company is a hassle most people don’t want to go through, and finding good builders takes local knowledge that you may not have. 
  • Craftsmen: Searching for a local joiner, plumber, locksmith, etc. is inconvenient even in a world where everyone has Google, so instead of reading dozens of reviews just ask your agent who they would use.
  • Cleaners: In a post-COVID world cleanliness has never been as important. Having a professional cleaning service to give your new property once over before you arrive not only buys you peace of mind, but means you can put your energy into unpacking.
  • Property Maintenance: It’s always useful to know the local maintenance company as they will become your go-to resource when something may go wrong, especially if it's a holiday home.
  • Tourist Agencies: If your new property is a business investment, and you want to begin attracting holiday makers to your piece of Istria, then your agent can introduce you to tourist agencies with a proven track record. All you have to do is sit back, and enjoy your new income stream.

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.