After years running the award winning Renovating Italy website, we’ve come across many people wanting to buy a home in Italy but just not knowing where to start.
Those that have purchased in Italy as a foreigner tell us how they were taken for a ride, being overcharged for a property, agents fees, and after the purchase getting ripped off by tradesmen.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know the way the system works here, the way Italians negotiate, and why the Italians do things that seem strange to virtually everyone in the world, other than an Italian of course.
LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF
First of all let me state officially that I’m not a lawyer, real-estate agent, doctor, astronaut, and definitely not a politician.
Ciao, I’m Sam (Salvatore) Chiodo, I was born in Australia to Italian parents. Along with my wife Lisa we’ve bought, renovated and resold property in both Australia and Italy.
The years of quality brainwashing from my Italian parents reinforced by the years of living in Italy, and the purchase, renovation and sale of properties here and in Australia, taught me how to play the game… a game that I love to win!
So we’ve decided to provide those that are dreaming of purchasing a home in Italy, personal guidance and insider information that will make finding your dream property easy and fun.
REAL ESTATE IN ITALY
The process of purchasing a property in Italy is totally different from purchasing property in Australia or the United States which is where we can help.
The laws are different.
The conveyance process is very different.
The agents charge both parties commission and not the seller alone (and the commission…well it seems to be whatever they like.)
Negotiating on price is an art form here in Italy
On the last point alone we’ve saved people thousands by playing the negotiation game, but the key to this is having all the information at hand.
As soon as the seller realizes you’re a foreigner the negotiation is much more difficult. (All foreigners are rich in the eyes of Italians)