FAQ – Buy house in Italy

About our consulting firm

No, we are not a real estate agency; we are a consultancy firm that spans from property finding to planning the purchase process and establishing tourism activities in Italy. In essence, we bridge the gap between foreign buyers and Italian property sellers. While we count real estate agencies among our clients, our services are not only directed at buyers but also at agencies needing assistance with unique sales-related issues. We also maintain constant communication with some of the top real estate agencies in Italy regarding property searches.

Yes, our company consists of internal staff who manage administrative roles, including project management. However, we also engage external experts in specific sectors to ensure greater expertise. These trusted professionals include highly skilled lawyers, accountants, and technicians, each possessing extensive experience and a proven track record in their respective fields.

Absolutely yes.
All the consultants (lawyers, accountants, technicians, etc.) that we make available to our clients have their own professional insurance and are duly registered in their respective professional registers.

All this information will be provided to the customer.

Yes, it is absolutely free. We are always pleased to meet new investors and enthusiasts of our country. We believe it is essential to introduce ourselves and understand the needs of our future clients. Often, foreigners looking to buy property in Italy or start a tourism business need to assess the feasibility of their plans and ensure our services align with their needs. 

For these reasons, we are happy to offer a preliminary meeting, either via video call or in person, at no cost.

Our consulting firm operates effectively throughout Italy, moving from the Alps to beautiful Sicily. 

Regarding our services

We offer specialized and complete assistance during all phases of the purchasing process in Italy.
We will organize and manage the entire purchasing process, from searching to handling the administrative burdens after the purchase. Throughout the process, we assist by finding the right property and organizing viewings, maintaining contacts with all parties involved in the sale (agents, notaries, banks, etc.), assisting with price negotiations, creating an Italian tax code, setting up bank accounts, and through our consultants (lawyers and technicians), ensuring all property documentation is in order, establishing contracts in full security, addressing any issues with the house, and evaluating tax aspects between Italy and your home country.

Depending on the client’s needs and the type of investment, our firm can also involve other figures such as a geologist or a private banker.

Depending on your needs and the specific situation, we plan together a functional purchase plan. The entire purchase process is typically divided into several phases. Each phase is explained in writing in detail so you have a complete understanding of what will happen and when. Additionally, we organize the purchasing process to minimize the time required so you do not need to travel frequently to Italy (or at all if you cannot), and we focus on reducing all costs.

Once the property is found and the price is agreed upon, we will be involved throughout the entire purchase process. We start by formalizing the terms through drafting the most appropriate preliminary contract (purchase proposal) for the situation. Subsequently, we assist you with the payment of the deposit, obtaining an Italian tax number, and conducting legal and technical inspections of the property through our trusted advisors. During the final part (which might occur 2 or 3 months later), we will participate in the contract signing with the notary. Sitting next to you, we will explain step-by-step what is happening and why.

What we offer is what we call a communicative bridge between buyers and real estate agencies. We facilitate the promotion of properties with specific characteristics for agencies. These properties are personally selected by us based on their potential purposes and the benefits they can provide to our clients who are looking for homes. On the other hand, this enables us to offer our clients a range of property ideas for specific purposes, such as starting a tourism business.

Our firm is very far from terms such as superficiality and approximation. Proposing and selling a property requires a maximum level of professionalism to prevent the our client’s investment from turning into a gamble.

These checks allow us to concretely prove that the property our client is purchasing is indeed a safe investment. It’s crucial that our clients understand exactly what they are buying and the risks associated with the investment. All this information is always clearly reported to our clients and supported by documents.

In Italy it may happen that the seller (often in good faith) does not know what problems are related to his property.
This may be because when he bought it in the past there was different legislation and nobody had checked the building documents. It may also happen that the seller has inherited the property and does not know his history at all. This is to say that there are many reasons why it is necessary to carry out in-depth checks.

Since it takes time and costs to carry out in-depth checks, for some of  properties it may happen that these checks are carried out in the period between the signing of the purchase proposal and the meeting with the Notary.

This poses no risk to the client. On the contrary. Our contracts are always tailor-made according to the situation and the client’s needs. Our contracts are in fact always conditional on the successful outcome of our checks so that our client can make his investment without any risk.

Yes. The checks carried out by us and by our consultants are always carried out regardless of the type and value of the same.

The value of the property doesn’t matter. The regularity of real estate titles and the security of the purchase is independent of everything else.

On this aspect we are very scrupulous and each activity is always explained and reported in advance to our client. Our client will therefore always be well informed about our work.

The Italian law firm and technicians to whom we entrust the checks on the property carry out their activity before the final meeting with the notary. Obviously, the purchase offer signed by the buyer is absolutely conditional on the successful outcome of these checks. This means that our client takes no risks.

At the end of the checks we will summarize to the client everything done by our firm and its consultants, also indicating the outcome of the checks. Our client will always have full control over the entire process.

The issues can concern the property titles (error on previous succession, presence of a mortgage, foreclosure, etc.) or the building title (floor plans are not updated, part of a modification in the house has not been regularized, etc.).

In case our consultants find problems or irregularities, we will act according to the situation:

A) if the problem can be solved => we will immediately inform both the client and the seller (or the real estate agency). It could possibly happen that the sale will have to be postponed for a certain period. If our client agrees, we proceed to resolve the issue at the seller’s expense. Once this procedure has been completed, our client will finally be able to acquire the property in complete safety.

B) if the problem encountered cannot be resolved => we will inform both the client and the seller, and we will proceed to cancel the sales process. Also in this case our work allows our client not to run any risk. We will then help our client find another home.

Never. We jokingly say that “we are allergic to pre-printed contracts” for the conclusion of agreements concerning real estate investments.

Joking aside, over the years we have increasingly had confirmation that each sale is unique. For this reason we entrust the drafting of contracts to a trusted Italian law firm that we place at the complete disposal of our clients and at our expense.
Depending on the client’s needs and the circumstances related to the property, a tailor-made contract will be drawn up.

The client may wish to build a swimming pool on the property. It is therefore necessary to be able to condition the conclusion of the purchase to the effective verification by one of our technicians of the possibility of being able to build a swimming pool.

The client may want to make the purchase conditional on the incorporation of a company in Italy or on the granting of a mortgage.

In the case of the purchase of farmhouses in the countryside with adjoining land, it may be necessary to verify that the neighboring owners do not have any preemptive right on the property for sale. This hypothesis must therefore be clearly regulated in the contract and the purchase conditional on this control.

Each client’s need must therefore be well evaluated in advance and regulated in the contract.

Regarding our fees

Our consultant firm always applies a fixed (or percentage) fee always taking into account the client’s needs.

The details of the fee (cost estimate), together with an explanation of how the assignment will perform at each stage of the purchasing process, are explained to the client in advance so that the latter can carry out an in-depth assessment in full calm before making any decision. In the event that the client decides to rely on our firm, we will organize a second operations meeting.

Maximum transparency is an important prerogative for our company.

Yes. Consultancy and preliminary legal and technical checks on the property are two fundamental aspects of our service and are always included in our fee. Right from the first contact with the client, our firm puts a trusted and experienced lawyer and technician at the client’s disposal and above all without additional costs.

If requested by the client and/or if the circumstances require it, it is also possible to involve other professional figures such as an accountant, a geologist, a private banker, etc.  In this case we will do our best to provide our client with a detailed cost estimate in advance.

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