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Introduction - Moving from U.S. to Istrian Pennsylvania

Hi Everyone!   

My wife and I are from the New Orleans area.  I recently took an early retirement. 

Our plan is take advantage of a window of time where our children are all out of the nest, and no grandchildren on the foreseeable horizon.  We intend on moving to Croatia for a year, maybe more, to establish a base for travel adventures which we plan for approximately one week out of every month.   After brainstorming all of the places we want to visit it seems likely we'll stay longer.  We have another couple we are friends with who are planning the same thing.

Croatia seemed like an ideal spot for many reasons, including the cost of living, healthcare, ease of travel, proximity to nearby destinations, natural beauty, and for me, importantly on the sea with outstanding sailing possibilities. 

We are headed over in October 2017 to look for an apartment on the Istrian peninsula, ideally in Rovinj if we can find something in our budget. 

So far, we've had a difficult time trying to find an apartment in Rovinj for rental on a long term basis that is near our budget.   It seems everything we can find on the Internet is for short term rentals focused on seasonal tourists.  We are starting to expand to places beyond Rovinj, for example Pula, but would love to find something in Rovinj.

Any ideas?

Mike

Hi Mike,
We are retired from California and have a very similar plan in the same region.  We are going to AirBB it until we find something permanent.  Good luck, maybe we could all meet for a cocktail in beautiful Croatia.  I have a feeling we are going to need all the help and sharing of information we can get (even if its from another American stumbling through resettlement like ourselves.
We will be watching the responses to your question; SAFE TRAVELS
Howie and Wendy

Hi Mike,
We are retired from California and have a very similar plan in the same region.  We are going to AirBB it until we find something permanent.  Good luck, maybe we could all meet for a cocktail in beautiful Croatia.  I have a feeling we are going to need all the help and sharing of information we can get (even if its from another American stumbling through resettlement like ourselves.
We will be watching the responses to your question; SAFE TRAVELS
Howie and Wendy

Yes on internet mainly find vacation rentals, and unless you read Croatian very hard to find longer term rentals via the internet. Basically I think two choices- either be in Croatia and ask a Croatian to help- people in Istria usually will always " know someone who knows someone".  Or if you wished to send me a message I know a Croatian who maybe for a small fee handle it for yo- he has helped on various matters , and speaks perfect English.

I am also looking at Istria, and rental rates are great if one can rent as a Croatian would but keep in mind Croatian property owners can get high rates during tourist season- so often one has to get away from tourist areas a bit to get best rates. For example the difference between a long term apartment rental in Pula, vs  say 30 miles outside of the city can be up to 40%.

We used an agency to find our place in Split--a referral from our lovely realtor. The catch is that both the agency and the realtor speak Croatian only (which is fine since my husband is Bosnian and can communicate on behalf of both of us). It helps to make acquaintance with a local and in our experience people have been good about sharing leads.

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