Property purchase: The three steps to buy property in Italy.

Understanding the process of buying property in Italy through an italian real estate agency.

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Habitable country house with land and olive grove, Molise.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita, Molise, Italy.

Country house of 190 sqm, surrounded by 1 hectare of olive grove. Poggio Sannita. 70.000 €. View Property.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa close to Palmoli, Italy.

Restored 200 year old stone 132 sqm villa surrounded by one hectare of land close to Palmoli, Abruzzo.

Beautiful restored old stone villa with one hectare of land, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. 185.000 €. View Property.

Beautiful villa with sea view. Montenero di Bisaccia. Molise.

Beautiful villa with breath-taking view of the Adriatic sea, Majella mountain and rolling hills. Molise, Italy.

Beautiful villa. 370 sqm of habitable space surrounded by 1.500 sqm garden. 350.000 €. View Property.

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Nothing Compares to a Move to Italy

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Colosseum in Rome

 When it comes to global locations for expats to consider making home, Italy is one country that is simply incomparable to other countries around the world. Whether you are thinking about Italy because of the chance to see some of the prestigious artwork by notable artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello or Leonardo da Vinci, or you want to live in a country with a thriving aura of romance, a diverse culture and amazing people, Italy is a wonderful choice for those who want a lifestyle that centers on having a wide array of things to do from one day to the next. Museums, restaurants, historical buildings and castles to tour as well as the world’s most brilliant architecture abounds throughout the entire country.

When planning a move, especially an overseas move to Italy, be prepared to work with a fully licensed Italian real estate agent to find a home to stay in when you arrive. This is necessary whether you plan to rent a home or try to purchase one. A realtor will help you find what you want and can help you stay within the budget you have prepared to spend on rental accommodations, basic utilities and home amenities including guest bedrooms and furnishings if needed. Take note that if a rental home is listed as unfurnished, this typically means nothing will be inside, including appliances. Many expats moving to Italy choose to pack lightly and leave their large furnishings behind as it can be very expensive to ship furniture and large items overseas. Renting a furnished home will usually allow you to have a bed, dresser, living room furniture and possibly a washing machine for your clothing.

Shipping Personal Property Over

Unless you plan to buy everything new, which is not a bad idea at all due to import cost, then you may need to have a few items shipped over once you find a home. Italy has some of the best clothing shops in the world, so you may want to pack lightly and start shopping for a new Italian wardrobe when you arrive. Prices on clothing in Italy is often far less expensive than you would find in the U.S. and it is simple to build a new wardrobe in a short time. Furnishings for a home such a bed, dresser and other basics are often included in a rental fee. This leaves sentimental items, computers or work related items and small items that you may need around your new home that may not be easy to replace in Italy.

To ship items to Italy, they must pass through customs and you will need to show some of the following paperwork before anything will be accepted:

  • Passport (A copy will suffice)
  • Work Permit
  • Residence Visa
  • Inventory list (Must be written in Italian and be approved ahead of time by the Italian Consulate)
  • Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
  • Power of Attorney to allow the shipper to arrange for customs clearance of your items
  • A residency certificate that shows the number of people in your family as well as their country of origin if they will be living in Italy
  • A consular declaration stating the time you will live in Italy
  • A permit to stay (Permesso a Soggiorno) issued by the Police Office Foreign Department
  • A statement showing you are moving and the value of the property you are shipping
  • Signed statement from your employer (if working) showing your work contract and the sate you will begin your job in Italy

You can ship personal items including clothing, dishes, household furniture and other small home goods without paying duties and taxes if you are planning to stay in Italy for at least one year and can show that you have owned the property for at least one year and you ship them within six months of your arrival.

Bringing a Car to Italy

While it can be quite expensive to ship a car to Italy, there are many people who find it beneficial as it will save time when traveling, cut costs on taxis and public transport and will be a convenience when you need to get from one place to another quickly. If you can wait for at least one year before you ship the car over, you can ship it duty free and save some money if you have owned it for at least six months and will use the car only for personal use in Italy. To bring a car over, you must hire a professional car shipper and will need to show the following documentation to customs:

  • Passport (A copy will suffice)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Driver’s License
  • International Insurance Policy (Green Card)
  • Paperwork from the car manufacturer showing car features and proof that the car has been conformed to EU requirements
  • Auto Insurance Policy from an Italian insurance agency
  • Title to vehicle
  • Registration to vehicle

While you can ship a car duty free once you have bene in Italy for a year, you will need to pay shipping costs and those can range between $2800 and $4700 depending on which area of the U.S. you are shipping from. You will also need to pay a Value-Added Tax (VAT) of around 22% to ship legally and clear customs.

Italy is not an inexpensive country to live in and many areas will be more expensive to reside than in the U.S., but due to the wealth of the country and the opportunities to expand your life with art, culture and a diversity in life uncommon in the U.S., the price is well worth the move if you can afford it. You can also find some very affordable cities in Italy, such as living in Abruzzo or other small cities, but taking time to work with your realtor to find the perfect home will be very important. Moving to Italy is also a great way to be part of a thriving community where life, love and family are important and where you can enjoy the finest foods and beverages in the world.

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