Originally Posted by the duncs
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Hi, I own a small apartment in Ofena and despite the earthquake and some of complications, still love the area and am happy visiting there.
I'll be there in 3 weeks time at the end of May for a week. I used House Around Italy to buy the property and was happy overall since I knew nothing about buying in Italy. Barry is correct the notary does most of the official work but it was helpful to have an Italian represent you and translate. They also "helped" with a property survey which led to nothing other than a fee, "helped" me set up an Italian bank account with an agent which cost fees and "helped" with the notary for a fee - trying at one point to get us to pay for the seller's fees as well. You have to be very careful to negotiate on your own behalf because their primary interest is getting the property sold - not getting you a good price. You should be able to get a good deal now. Our local rep from HAI was Maurizio who was very patient and helpful.
Prior to the earthquake in 2007 we paid $34,000 Euros for a small apartment which has 1 nice bedroom, 1 small bedroom, a functional bathroom and shower, functional kitchen and lounge. It is small but kind of the size of a hotel suite and perfect for visiting a week at a time. I would expect to pay much less now considering the economy, the lack of UK investors and the earthquake.