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Old 3rd June 2014, 02:35 PM
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Ok. Understood. I thought it possible that some of the translations did mean something that others living there would know. But if that's not the case I'll just struggle along the best I can with google translate until such time as I am seriously looking to buy. Then I'll get serious help.
I think he meant that you should provide the original terms, not the Google translations.

Many here will more easily understand the original terms.

Regarding kitchens, the general practice in Italy is for homes to be sold / apartments (unfurnished) to be rented stripped to the bare walls and ceilings. No light fixtures, nothing in the "kitchen" other than bare walls with a few electrical outlets and pipes sticking out. People buy and install their own "kitchen" - range, refrigerator, cabinets, sink, and so on and then take them with them when they move on. An apartment (especially a furnished apartment - "con mobili") which includes kitchen or kitchenette probably has these items already installed.

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Yes, the only thing you know is that a property advertised that way needs renovation. You have no idea whether it's 1% or 99% finished -- though take a guess which is more likely. You have no idea whether the planning approval is at all relevant to what you want to do (most probably not -- and if it needs planning approval at all, it's pretty major).

Now, if they say something like, "Only requires a minor repair to one outside wall," then maybe you've got some more information to go on. Maybe. (If it's "minor," why didn't the seller take care of the issue?)

"Ruins" can be truthfully advertised using the language you found (never mind untruthful ads). If the property has two sticks and one shingle, and somebody adds a second shingle, that's "partially renovated."

Caveat emptor. That's Latin, a language not altogether unknown in Italy.

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When looking at Italian real estate a few simple observations:

You can tell a property is overpriced if it is advertised in English.

Every project takes more time and money than planned.

My own experience:

I bought a turnkey apartment from an Italian seller. Everything was in Italian and my subsequent investments in the property have been relatively small.

I see that you are from the US. Unless you are incredibly rich buying real estate in the US usually involves making some compromises. You should understand that the same rule applies in Italy. Unless you are prepared to pay and over pay accept the fact that a dream house will only exist in your dreams.
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Hi Melissa,
I am originally from Abruzzo, Italy, although I am used to travel and live abroad. Anyway, I am back to Abruzzo for a short term and if you want, I can give you a help in finding something here. My father is an architec and my brother is an engineer, so they often manage properties of people who want to sell or rent a property and they can give you all the legal and technical advices.
Let me know.

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Yes, listing them in italian would help. And about the kitchens, yes they are extremely small comoared to US standards, still amazing things come out of them. Pots and pans are cheap, still they produce wonders.... Complete different persoective

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