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Buying in Italy

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MrsGuyOfGisbo Mon 11-Apr-16 11:33:12

Any advice re the process?

lalalonglegs Mon 11-Apr-16 11:46:05

Houses offered in areas that are very touristy are often vastly overpriced even if they compare well to British properties. Notario fees etc add a great deal to the price - I think but am not certain that buyers pay the estate agency fees. Be aware that second homes now have various taxes attached including very high council tax equivalent (about 2500 euro a year for my father's fairly modest flat) and utility services can be high and not as reliable even in cities. If you are hoping to let out the house as a holiday let for some of the year, the market is generally saturated. If you are buying a doer-upper, then be aware that many Italian local authorities have become a lot more zealous about conserving historic areas and there will be a lot of regulations to abide by.

allegretto Mon 11-Apr-16 11:49:14

Where are you thinking of buying? Local contacts count for a lot in Italy so well worth spending time in an area before buying.

MrsGuyOfGisbo Mon 11-Apr-16 11:55:38

Thanks - useful insights!
It is an area I used to visit a lot, but haven't been for a while.
Waiting to see what happens with Brexit, then planning to spend most of the summer there ( teacher! grin) renewing old contacts and seeing just how horrendous the parking gets now in August...

guerre Mon 11-Apr-16 12:03:31

There's a blogger that lives in Umbria (near Brindisi? I may have invented that bit!) She and her DH are British, but have bought over there, and are renovating and running holiday homes. I'll look for her blog later, but I'm fairly sure she's a MNer, so hopefully she may see this...

guerre Mon 11-Apr-16 12:10:10

Um, I've got that wrong, obviously, as Brindisi isn't in Umbria, is it? Blast, can't rememebr, will look later

MrsGuyOfGisbo Mon 11-Apr-16 12:21:54

Thanks - will look for her!
We are looking in the south (Calabria)

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