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Buying a House in Italy: Where and How to Do it [Paperback]

C. Gordon Neale
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22 May 2003 Buying a House
Part of the new "Buying a House series from Vacation Work, this new title tells readers all they need to know about buying property in Italy including raising finance, how to find and deal with estate agents, what inspections and surveys are necessary, conveyancing, exchanging contracts, arranging removals, and getting power and water connected. It also gives essential information for after moving in, from how to deal with builders to making money from the house by renting it out.
To help readers find their ideal home the book covers the entire country, not just those regions already popular with expatriate buyers, explaining the characters of the different areas, and the types and price of property available there. Special features include full coverage of the up-and-coming areas for those who want to be among the first to discover the new Tuscany or Umbria.
Everything one needs to know to buy a house in Italy whether for use as a base while working abroad, as an investment, or as a second or retirement home.


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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Vacation - Work; 1st Edition edition (22 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185458300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854583000
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Buying a House in Italy is an excellent guide.'
-"The Observer."
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Gordon Neale divides his time between England and Italy where for many years he has located property for foreign clients.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody superb 25 April 2004
Format:Paperback
If you only buy one book on the house-buying-in-Italy process, make sureit is this one. I bought this one and the one by the Sunday Times (Larner& Howell) and Mr Neale's is by far & away the superior. It has excellentsections on the various regions in Italy (to help you choose your house)plus info on Italian taxes, fees, contracts and conveyancing proceduresAND an extremely helpful English translation of the standard preliminarysale contract (compresso), plus detailed notations, so that you can makesure your compresso contains all the right clauses etc before you sign it. In my opinion, that is the best thing in the book. Very helpful sectionson DIY & building tools and methods too, including pictures of trowels etcwith the Italian words beside them (how cool is that?!). Also sectionsabout gas supplies, electricity & other useful stuff you need to knowafter you have bought your house (or, in my case, ruin). A truly fabulous,independent, godsend of a book by a very knowledgeable man indeed. Icannot recommend it highly enough.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only 7 Oct 2003
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We bought a house in Italy 12 years ago after a long hard search.IF ONLY we had had Gordon Neale's book with us on that first trip hunting for the perfect house. His detailed knowledge of the intricacies of house buying law in Italy is infinite and we would have fewer grey hairs if this book was available then. Apart from that it is a wonderful guide from a very sympathetic student of the history, language and humanity of the Italian nation. In concise chapters he will give you the benefit of his long study and experience of the regions, their differences and special charms. The stuff this man has learned would take the casual visitor more than a lifetime to obtain. Here is his knowledge for you to savour at the price of a paperback. This is not just a book for aspiring housebuyers, it is an invaluable asset to anyone travelling in Italy. IF ONLY, we had had this book all those years ago, but we have it now and it brings even greater pleasure to our life here in Bella Italia. Thank you Gordon Neale.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very interesting and informative read 12 July 2003
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I have been very interested in buying property in Italy for about the past two years. I bought this book about 6 weeks ago and have not been able to put it down! It contains absolutely everything I need to know before I can actually go and buy the property I am looking for.
The book gives a brief history of Italy and then goes into greater detail about the history of each area of Italy and what each area has to offer for the perspective purchaser.
I particularly liked the way the book explains the procedure one must follow if making a purchase. This area of the book has been most helpful and I would highly reccommend it if anyone else is looking to buy property in Italy. I assure you that you will finish the book having no unanswered questions.
This book must have been written by someone who has had several dealings in the buying and selling of property in Italy!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best such guide available 2 July 2003
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Let me confess at once. I am a compulsive buyer of books about Italy, both old and new. I know the literature on the subject. I also own an Italian home. And I can assure other readers that this book is by far the best practical guide to buying a property in Italy that I have read. It goes much deeper into the history and regions of the country than any comparable guide. It is comprehensive and well written. The nitty-gritty is up to date. The book is worth buying for its excellent translation of the standard Italian compromesso (property sale contract) alone.
Gordon Neale is obviously an Italophile with classical learning and deep knowledge of Italian culture and of the Italian property scene. His is a "warts and all" picture. He sets the context and explains the procedures. He deals pithily with such topics as crime, the mafia, politics, the education system and health care. The book is a good read in its own right as a definition of Italy and its diverse regions, which even Italians would find illuminating. Eating and drinking get a good mention, region by region, which is understandably an Italian cultural priority too.
For the practicalities of buying a property, this book gives sound advice in a very accessible form. Furthermore you get insights into the geography, language and mentality of the people that you will not find in standard tourist guides. The expert section on gardening itself, clearly the fruit of long experience, is a bonus even for those who have already made the move to Italy. No doubt the next edition will have tidied up the minor editing mistakes and inconsistencies that prompt the only criticism I can make of this otherwise elegant guide. It deserves to become the classic of its kind.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 1 July 2003
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Format:Paperback
It is a delight to read a reference book that is such a good read and has information which is both useful and wonderfully entertaining. The historical notes and observations on the various regions make this book into a 'must have' gem. One should not even holiday in Italy without it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best such guide I have read 26 Jun 2003
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Let me confess at once. I am a compulsive buyer of books about Italy, both old and new. I know the literature on the subject. I also own an Italian home. And I can assure other readers that this is the best guide to buying a property in Italy that I have read. It goes much deeper into the history and regions of the country than any comparable guide. It is comprehensive and well written. Yes, there are lapses which proper copy editing and proofreading could have corrected (Vacation Work please note). But these are cosmetic, unimportant faults. It is the nitty-gritty that counts. From a practical point of view, this book is worth buying for its excellent translation of the standard Italian compromesso (property sale contract) alone.
Gordon Neale is obviously an italophile with classical learning and deep knowledge of the Italian property scene. His is a "warts and all" picture. He sets the context and explains the procedures. He deals pithily with such topics as crime, the mafia, politics, the education system, and health care. The book is a good read in its own right as a sympathetic definition of Italy and its diverse regions, which even Italians would find illuminating. Eating and drinking get a good mention, region by region, which is understandably an Italian priority too.
For the practicalities of buying a property, this book gives sound advice in a very accessible form. Furthermore you get insights into the geography, language and mentality of the people that you will not find in standard tourist guides. The section on gardening, clearly the fruit of long experience of an expert, is a bonus even for those who have already made the move to Italy. No doubt the next edition will have tidied up the petty mistakes and inconsistencies that prompt the only criticism that I can make of this otherwise elegant guide. It deserves to become the classic of its kind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buying house in Italy
The book is excellent and very helpful. I'd like to thank the author for his work. As well as recommend this book to everyone who is going to buy a house in Italy.
Published 2 months ago by Alexander Shepelenko
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your trip
Don’t even think of leaving home without it. Buying A House In Italy is an essential item in your luggage for your trip to Italy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps a house purchaser in Italy really supported
A definite buy for ANYONE purchasing a house in Italy. Clear and concise but doesn't compromise the details you need to secure in your purchase.
Published 19 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This book is worth every penny. Filled with lots of very practical advise....and also is geared to those more adventurous types who wish to live in a real 'foreign' place i.e. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JA
5.0 out of 5 stars Italy explained
there are reasons why Italy is popular and strangely enough the bureaucracy makes it easier for you to comprehend what you are purchasing, this book explains the process.
Published 22 months ago by B. Zabavnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying a House in Italy
A very comprenhensive book giving all the details of what you need to be aware of when buying a house in Italy. Would recommend it.
Published on 7 Feb 2010 by Edna Banks
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - no index
This is without doubt the best book written on the subject of house purchases in Italy. It shows deep knowledge of the history and culture of the country and the variety of its... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2008 by P. R. S. Jehu
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