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Houses for sale in Italy

Sunshine Estates specialise in providing houses for sale in Italy focusing in the 'sunshine' provinces of Abruzzo, Calabria, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto.
We have identified a reliable network of real estate sales experts waiting to help you find the finest houses for sale in Italy. Queries and appointments to visit are obtained directly with our listed Estate Agents via e-mail.
We offer all types of Italian homes including: apartments, commercial premises, country houses and homes, farmhouses, land, townhouses and villas. We offer traditional and new properties to provide you with the widest choice.

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Buying Properties in Italy - Italy

Typical Farmhouse
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Three key stages exist in the buying process:

  1. Offer to Buy - this is a formal written offer from the potential buyer to seller. The offer will normally be accompanied by a deposit which usually ranges from 2-5%. In return, the property should be removed from the market. Conditions can be placed within the offer to protect the buyer (e.g. subject to ..). Prior to this, we recommend that a survey is undertaken by a surveyor (Geometra) in order to establish the planning status of the property and its boundaries. Fees typically range from EUR 500 – 1,000.
  2. Full Preliminary Contract (Compresso) – also known as the contratto preliminare di vendita. This agreement commits both parties. When purchasing an unfinished property, 3 types of preliminary contract exist: Contract for immediate sale of land – agreement by the buyer to sign title deed in respect to anything the seller has so far built. Contract ‘on plan’ – agreement by the buyer to purchase the property once it has been built and to make staged payments throughout the process. Contract to buy once the property has been built – the buyer agrees to pay once the property has been built.
  3. Deed of Sale (Rogito) – this a legal document which registers a property in the buyer’s name. This must be signed in front of a notary (notaio) by the buyer or a person holding the ‘Power of Atornye’. At the same time, the balance of the price is paid to the seller, usually by a Banker’s Draft. Once completed, all taxes must be paid.

Fees relating to a purchase include:

  1. Real Estate Tax (Impost Ipotecaria a Catastale) – 3% Local Tax – based upon the official tax value of the property (Valore Catastale) – i.e. the declared value of the property and typically lower than the purchase price – ranging from 0.8-0.8%
  2. Estate Agent Fees – often split between the buyer and seller – typically 3-6% Stamp Duty – ranging from 3-7%
  3. Notary fees – based upon a sliding scale dependent upon the price of the property – ranging from EUR 1,000 – 4,500 Typically total fees and charges total 15% of the property price.

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