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Buying a Property: Italy (Buying a Property - Cadogan) Paperback – December 1, 2002

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The most comprehensive guide of its kind - written by local experts, illustrated by personal histories, and packed with essential information on every step of the buying process: dealing with estate agents, insurance, security, letting for income, building from scratch and renovation. The guide examines the best places to buy, from the Italian Alps to the Bay of Naples, with profiles of the regions and chapters on settling in; and there's all the specialist legal advice you need: money transfer and taxes, wills, surveys, permits and fees. For a new start, a second home, a business project or a dream retirement, this book will prove indispensable.
You will find inside: expert legal advice and guidance; scores of case studies and buyers' anecdotes' complete profiles of the regions; 16 pages of color photographs; complete practical information on transport and services; 12 pages of maps; directory of contacts and dictionary of technical terms.

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Product Details

  • Series: Buying a Property - Cadogan
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides; 1st edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860118798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860118791
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,367,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book is informative and an excellent resource though some information is not correct and misleading. Many cautions and horror stories are stated but these facts apply to buying a home anywhere in the world. Dodgy real-estate agents, tradesmen and sellers can also be found world-wide though the impression given is that they are concentrated in Italy. With regards to permits and planning permission it can take up to six months if the building is classified as a Historical building but if it is not a historical building a reply is given within three months. In Italy there is a lot of red-tape and the process of purchasing a property is very different to the English system though the best advice is to have the assistance of a lawyer and use your common sense. The most important thing I learnt when buying a home in Italy is to respect the people and there custom especially if you want to make friends in the community.....of course everyone knows everyone!
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