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What do I need to know when buying property in Italy?

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When we asked expats what advice they would give a foreigner before buying a property in Italy, they said...

"1. Check with Italian government agencies to determine the legality of buying in a particular area. 2. Understand the local regulations and restrictions on foreign ownership. 3. Obtain a lawyer who is familiar with Italian property purchase laws and regulations. 4. Know the exact location of the property and the usable area. 5. Obtain a surveyor to validate the measurement of the property and any boundary issues. 6. Understand the recent taxes and bills paid on the property and the anticipated future taxes and bills. 7. Understand if there are any existing mortgages, liens or other debts that have to be paid in order to complete the purchase. 8. Make sure you have the funds available for the purchase and for any associated costs and fees. 9. Know when the sale is expected to be completed. 10. Understand what kind of insurance is needed to protect the property from potential losses," remarked another expat who made the move to Italy.

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