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Ivrea in Italy's Piedmont Region
Ivrea in Italy's Piedmont Region

Real Estate in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: People living in Italy offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Italy? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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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:

"On accident, really. We were in Perugia in an AirB&B. We noticed a poster for a concert on Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno. We went, and were charmed with Passignano sul Trasimeno. We found an apartment and moved," said another person in Passignano sul Trasimeno.

"I researched a year before moving on the Internet and found apartmentsflorence.com who skyped with me from Florence. Lorenzo the owner described many different options and I felt very comfortable making the decision which apartment to rent before I moved. Took care of the first months rent online, very efficient," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Florence.

"Searched the internet for months before arrival to become familiar with the area. Stumbled upon our purchase by accident at our first visit.," explained one person living in Minturno, Italy.

"We were desperate as we couldn't find anything to fit our needs so we just took the one we could find. It is not a great fit for us and we have continued to search for another apartment to no avail. Italy is a place where you have to know someone and we are just now finding those connections after 2 years," said another expat in Parma.

"We chose the hills "Percolina/ Colina" area, because of the availability of yards for our kids to play outside. Parks in the city were made for kids 5 and under. We have school aged kids. There's one in the Park of Rememberance. Prices for places with yards and 2 family shared homes were about the same as in an apartment buildings we saw in the city. We had to buy a car though. Was very worth it. We were taken around by agents from HomeBase. They were hired by my husband's company, but I would recommend Judy Stein at or +39-338-985-1432. Judy is from the US originally and knows the expectations North Americans have for housing. I wish I could have found housing with her instead of HomeBase," remarked another member in Torino.

"My husband and I looked at over 35 apartments before finally finding the "right" one. We used leasing agents. We lived in a corporate apartment for 3 months and walked around/drove around a lot looking at the buildings and neighborhoods. A lot of the apartments we saw were too dark, the spaces were all cut up into smaller areas, weren't big enough, no elevator available (big consideration when you have small children), etc," explained one expat living in Rome, Italy.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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