Buying a property in Italy? Read the complete Purchase Process.

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

An overview of information about buying property in Italy through an italian real estate agency. Read more.

Country stone house with amazing Majella Mountain view.

Country stone house beautifully restored for sale, surrounded by 5.000 sqm garden with amazing Majella Mountain view, in Abruzzo, Italy.

Country stone house surrounded by 5000 sqm garden and majestic Majella Mountain view. 175.000 €. View Property.

Finely restored town house with large terrace and small patio.

Restored town house for sale with terrace and small patio, in the picturesque village of Salcito, in Molise, Italy.

Lovely town house of approx. 100 sqm on three levels, in the picturesque village of Salcito. 49.000 €. View Property.

Restored house with panoramic lake view terrace for sale.

Town house with lake view terrace for sale, with stunning panoramic view of mountains and the Bomba lake in Colledimezzo, Italy.

Four bedroom renovated town house with panoramic terrace enjoying stunning lake view. 90.000 €. View Property.

The Three Stages to buy a property in Italy

  1. Offer

    This is an agreement that an agent may ask you to sign on making an offer. It confirms the details of the offer and the commission to be paid. A small deposit may be requested at this time. This is usually a binding contract if also signed by the seller.

  2. Preliminary Agreement

    This is the standard agreement that is signed by both parties on acceptance of an offer. Upon signing, a pre-disclosed amount of monies is paid to the seller. This is typically 10% of the purchase price. The document is legally binding, setting out the terms of the sale, including a date of completion for the purchase. If the buyers withdraw they forfeit their deposit. Should the vendors withdraw they would have to repay double this amount.

  3. Deed

    This is the formal sale and purchase completion process. This is the final stage and takes place before a notary with both parties present. Abruzzo Rural Property will put you in touch with an English speaking notary, to allow you to ask all the necessary legal information related to purchase. The notary is indispensable for the conclusion of the purchase. The notary ensures all the necessary documentation is complete and accurate. As well as paying for the property the taxes due on the purchase are paid by the buyer at this point.

For further information, read our more detailed guidance of property purchase in Italy.