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Villa with swimming pool and terrace with mountain view.

Beautiful renovated rural villa for sale, with garden and terrace with mountain view. Located in Casoli, Abruzzo region of Italy.

Beautiful villa composed by two separate units, swimming pool, panoramic terrace, garden, olive grove and parking area. 235.000 €. View Property.

Lovely restored country house with character, near the coast.

Beautifully restored stone country house for sale: three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo, Italy.

Three bedrooms, fantastic vaulted ceilings and outdoor space. 19km from the coast and 40km from the airport. Abruzzo. 189.000 €. View Property.

Beautifully restored retaining original character features.

Charming traditional country villa with garden and patio, for sale in Abruzzo region of Italy.

Beautiful country villa with garden, lovely patio and separate workshop, near the lake of Bomba, in Abruzzo. Sold furnished. 229.000 €. View Property.

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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.

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Technical survey to buy a house in Italy. Property purchase in Italy.

 Numerous clients have asked me this question: Is a technical survey required by the law in order to purchase a house in Italy?

The answer is no. For the Italian law a survey is not a mandatory document in order to buy a house.

A survey is a document you might want to have for your own peace of mind, to give you a better idea of the state of a property you are interested in, but it is not necessary for the sake of the purchase.

In Italy there are three different types of surveys:

  • Perizia semplice – If you are buying a house in Italy, you might want a technical survey to be carried out as a form of report on the condition of the house: conditions of the structure, roof, plumbing, electric system, condition of chimneys, etc. Any registered architect, surveyor or engineer can issue this type of survey; This type of survey is called perizia tecnica in Italian. The surveyor signs the survey with his/her own name.
  • Perizia asseverata – This type of survey is different from the previous one because the surveyor/engineer/architect signs the technical report and in addition confirms the authenticity of its contents. Perizia asseverata includes a sentence where the surveyor declares that the contents of the survey are true and that he/she is personally responsible for these contents. The sentence in Italian is the following: “sotto la propria personale responsabilità”. In this case, the surveyor is legally responsible for the contents of the survey he/she has issued and can be legally persecuted if the survey were to contain false statements related either to material or ideological matters.
  • Perizia giurata – This type of survey is like a perizia asseverata plus an oath in court. The surveyor has to state in the survey that the contents are true and he/she has to swear the truthfulness of such contents in the presence of a Chancellor of the Court, in the presence of a Peace Officer according to art. 5 del R.D. n° 1366/22, or in the presence of a Public Notary, according to art. 1, comma 1, point n° 4, R.D. n° 1666/37. The surveyor is legally responsible for the contents of a perizia giurata and can be legally persecuted if the survey were to contain false statements. In this type of survey, the surveyor has to state the following sentence: “[...] aver bene e fedelmente adempiuto all’incarico affidatogli al solo scopo di far conoscere la verità.”. This means that he/she has done his/her work honestly with the sole purpose of divulgating the truth. This type of survey has a higher legal value in a court case than a perizia asseverata.

Should you require a survey, be it a simple report, a perizia asseverata or a perizia giurata, please feel free to contact Abruzzo Rural Property. We can provide surveys written in English at very reasonable prices.

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The sixth of January, here in Italy, we celebrate La Befana, it is a National bank holiday and a religious celebration.

Nowadays the festivity is mainly orientated to amuse children with little gifts and numerous festivals across the country. La Befana is an old ugly witch that flies on a broomstick carrying candies and sweets to well-behaved children, charcoal to naughty children.

This year La Befana has amused everyone here in Abruzzo with an incredible snowfall that will pass to the history. The snow started to fall on hilltop villages during the afternoon of January the 5th.

The 6th of January at around lunchtime, it started to snow even along the coast; it is very uncommon to have snow along the coast, but this winter it has been an exception. By dinnertime everything was white and all the roads were very quiet, no traffic, no noise, no people. Shops all closed and numerous bars and restaurants had to shut down earlier because of the bad snowstorm in course.

Main piazza of the old town, Piazza Gabriele Rossetti in Vasto, ItalyAncient narrow streets under snow in Vasto, Italy
Monument dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, poet and patriot who fought for the Italian IndependenceThe Caldoresco Castle in Vasto. Winter 2017
 

The atmosphere was breath-taking and magic.

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In Italy only fully licensed real estate agents can work in the real estate business. The license can be obtained after a 12 month formation course held by the local Chamber of Commerce. At the end of the course, two exams are to be taken there and only after passing these exams, will it be possible to apply for a license.

Passing real estate exam to get license

The license will only be granted to those with no criminal record and to those with an insurance to cover all work related to problems that might occur. For example, if a client were to fall whilst visiting a property, the insurance of the fully registered realtor might well cover the damages.

It is also very important to have full trust in a registered realtor for another reason: When there is a formal written offer and the buyer sends a deposit to the real estate agency or to the owner of the house, the realtor has to register the contract at the local tax office.

Registration is required by Italian law. Without it, buyers and sellers could incur in a fine and in the worst case, the buyer could lose his/her deposit and also the property. A purchase offer or a preliminary agreement not registered at the local tax office, is not an official document. It is just a piece of paper without any legal value.

The registration makes the contract official and public; Through this document the government knows that the property is going to be sold to the buyer and therefore the owner of the house will not be able to sell the property to anyone else, even if he were to receive a better offer. This is obviously a safeguard for the buyer. Only regularly registered real estate agents can guarantee the registration of a contract.

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