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Buying a Property: Italy ("Sunday Times" Buying a Property) Paperback – 31 Oct 2002


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860118798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860118791
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Excellent' -- Financial Times

'The happiest discovery was Cadogan Guides' -- The Times

'witty but not facetious, informative but not dull’ -- Independent on Sunday

‘An in-depth look... Thorough background information, plus everything from employment law to etiquette’ -- Ideal Home Magazine

‘Legal advice, insider knowledge and inspiring real-life stories’ -- Traveller Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Produced in conjunction with the Sunday Times, our innovative Buying a Property series gives you all the practical information you need to buy a home overseas. Whether you’re looking for a castle or an apartment, a holiday home or a place to relocate to for good, the guides offer all the latest information on buying property abroad. They cover all the regions that are popular with home-buyers and provide in-depth information on what to expect from each area: its climate, economy and facilities. The Buying a Property books give advice on every step of the moving process, from the first stages of organising visas and dealing with immigration and customs, to negotiating with estate agents, having surveys done and drawing up contracts, as well as restoring your property and finding reputable rental agencies. To accompany the practical advice, the guides feature anecdotes and case studies that give insights into the realities of settling in to a new environment and getting used to a different culture and pace of life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Naylor-leyland on 2 July 2007
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Although this took 6 weeks to arrive (which I guess shows how popular it is) it was worth the wait. Its a great place to start for anyone considering buying property in Italy. I have now lent it to a friend who is probably going to buy something in Ambruzzo, and although I ended up not buying property in Italy if I ever did - I would ask for this book back again.

It's got good advice about the regions and important checklists - things to consider costings for things like replacing roofs, renovations etc.

Although if you are thinking of buying in Italy and if you want to renotate though the golden rule is:

You must be on site for anything to happen or hire a great project co-ordinator which can be a bit costly .. otherwise forget it!

(This is the advice I've had from friends who have just renovated a house.)

So to close ... if you are considering buying in Italy buy this book first before you decide!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare Shipston on 10 May 2007
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This is an excellent informative paperback! An absolute must for anyone contemplating or about to buy a property in Italy, lots of useful information, addresses, telephone numbers, website addresses etc, which is a must when buying in Italy. Having already bought a property in Italy and about to buy another I would recommend this book.[...].
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I had already an older versxion of this book and appreciate now the newest copy. Very, very helpful.

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Ellen
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My husband & I spent many years trawling Italy for a holiday home and after all the usual tourist haunts, we ended up actually buying in Abruzzo, near Sulmona - beautiful town & region - and all thanks to the guidance and tips in this book.. we have 2 well thumbed copies now but we wouldnt have been without it... lots of ups & downs, but without a bit of guidance its too easy to become lost in translation! The book was well worth it - we now have [...] .. think about all eventualities and go for it if your heart is still completely in it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Real Estate Horror stories are World-wide 18 April 2004
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The book is informative and an excellent resource though some information is not correct and misleading. Many cautions and horror stories are stated but these facts apply to buying a home anywhere in the world. Dodgy real-estate agents, tradesmen and sellers can also be found world-wide though the impression given is that they are concentrated in Italy. With regards to permits and planning permission it can take up to six months if the building is classified as a Historical building but if it is not a historical building a reply is given within three months. In Italy there is a lot of red-tape and the process of purchasing a property is very different to the English system though the best advice is to have the assistance of a lawyer and use your common sense. The most important thing I learnt when buying a home in Italy is to respect the people and there custom especially if you want to make friends in the community.....of course everyone knows everyone!
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