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Old 15th November 2008, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by maryann View Post
Hello, Nardini,
Are you Italian? Where do you live? I am thinking about wha you said. If we buy a home or apartment from a realtor, how can I be assured it is all legal? I was told by realtors that they do a search, you use a notary and he checks that all documents are legal and the house belongs to the owner, the seller. It all sounded good. Do you knowanything of the Scalea area?
Hi Maryann,
Yes, I do live in Italy. I have lived here for 10 years, with my Italian wife - so we have 60 odd years of experience of Italian life, between us.

The basics are relatively straight-forward. Firstly, NEVER us a lawyer (notaio) proposed by the estate agent. Lawyers here in Italy have a duty to Italy itself - to ensure that the law is followed and complied with before their duty to you, as a client. Some lawyers work "around" this by having overseas offices, thereby claiming that they are subject only to the laws of that country. A bit convenient at times.

When you talk to your notaio, ask him/her about the legal status of the house/apartment. Do this clearly and make sure that he tells you about any "condono" that the property might have. A "condono" is a kind of late planning permission - but it is specific for both the property and also the use of the property.

If you are buying an apartment, be wary of the situation of the building itself with regard permissions and also the specific apartment that you are thinking of buying. It is possible that a building that was built with permissions correctly granted has been "added" to at a later date. If the property has electricity connected, make sure it is a residential, not a commercial supply. If it has no power, be exceedingly wary. An existing telephone connection is also a good thing to have, as an abusivo property will not have a legal telephone connection.

Above all, treat the realtor/agent as you would with one "back home" - i.e. with a certain amount of distrust. Find your own notaio - not too difficult to do with the help of your embassy in Italy. When you are dealing with property matters, put everything in writing and expect answers to be in writing - very clearly.

As far as my knowing anyone in Scalea - or having had dealings with anyone that might, I would suggest that you spend a few hours trawling through Google, with special reference to the names of the agents you are thinking of handing all your money over to.

Good luck.

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Old 20th November 2008, 12:46 AM
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We are from New Zealand and we bought a house in Abruzzo, Poggiofiorito, which is near Ortona, and we love it. We spend 3-4 months a year there,not enough. Our Italian is limited but improving, but the locals are fabulous. The scenery,food,and wine, is more than you can ask for. We have convinced other to buy in Abruzzo since we did.

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Hi my name is Bob and like you have just move to Calabria this time for good, and I think I got out just in time. All the best to you and your family. Bob
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We live in Abruzzo and we love it, wouldn't go back to England for any amount of money.


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