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Real Estate in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 22, 2023

Summary: An expat should begin their search for a home to buy in Italy by researching the local real estate market and familiarizing themselves with the different types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of amenities they are looking for in a home. Homes in Italy typically include amenities such as balconies, terraces, and gardens. Many homes also have modern kitchens and bathrooms, as well as air conditioning and heating systems. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Italy, however, there are certain restrictions in place. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land, and they must obtain permission from the Italian government before purchasing a property.

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How do I find a place to live in Italy?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in Italy can be done through various methods, including real estate agencies and online property portals (Immobiliare.it and Idealista are popular choices). It's common to rent through an agency, which may charge a commission but help you navigate all contractual and legal aspects," wrote Brian Viola from Italian For A While.

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"We used a realtor selected by the company. After looking at around 50 apartments (one deal fell through and we had to start all over again) we were lucky enough to find an apartment in the exclusive old city. We were very fortunate," explained one person living in Bergamo, Italy.

"When looking for a place to live in Italy, it is important to research the cities and towns that are most suitable for your lifestyle. Consider factors such as climate, cost of living, access to necessary amenities, and commuting times. Websites such as Easy Stanza and Immobiliare provide listings of available apartments, houses and other forms of accommodation, while real estate agencies like Engel & Völkers can provide customized housing searches to match individual preferences and needs. Reading local news sources and exploring the region can also help in finding a place to live that is ideal for you," said one expat in Italy.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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