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Real Estate in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 05, 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:

"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," said one expat who made the move to Bergamo.

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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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