Buying A House In Italy

Everything You Need to Know for Successful Investment

Buying a house in Italy might look initially like a nightmare, full of strange terms and odd requirements, and yet it is actually quite simple and straightforward.


The same is true of finding selections of properties to choose from. There’s really only one golden rule when property buying in Italy and that is Don’t Do It On Your Own. Find a trusting estate agent to effortlessly guide you through the process. This applies to all foreign buyers, no matter how good their Italian is.

Now let’s take a look at how to go about locating the kind of property you have set your heart on, and then explain the property buying process in Italy , which can often be radically different from what you are use to.

There are really three key questions you need to decide on before starting your property search :



These three key factors are, of course, interconnected. Your budget and what you want for it may well determine where you decide to look.


Buying a House in Italy: Glossary of Key Terms


Here are some of the key terms you will come across when buying a house in Italy:

  • Agente immobiliare - Estate agent
  • Assicurazione vita - Life insurance
  • Assegno - Cheque
  • Assegno circolare - Banker’s draft
  • Acconto/deposito - Deposit
  • Compromesso di vendita - Preliminary contract
  • Dichiarato in atto - Declared value
  • Geometra - Local surveyor
  • IVA - Sales tax (VAT)
  • Notaio - Notary
  • Perizia - Survey
  • Planimetria - Plans of the property
  • Rogito - Purchase Deed
  • Spese di gestione amministrativa - Admin costs
  • Spese notarili - Notary’s fees


Buying a House in Italy


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