Buyer's guide 3

Found a house, what next?
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buyer's guide 03

Found that dream house

Now you’ve found your dream home it's essential to have it checked. In Italy there aren’t such things as surveyors that check every detail of the house. You’ll need the services of a builder that understands local building methods or you could employ the services of a geometra.

We work with the same trusted people we’ve worked with for years so can help with arranging this. Find out more about our consultancy service

The offer

Once you’ve found a house you like, you need to make an offer. We can help negotiate the best possible price for you.

Okay, you’ve put in an offer and the owner accepts. The sale starts with a preliminary contract – the compromesso. This is a straight-forward contract - we’ll provide an English translation.


Secure the property purchase

Once signed, the compromesso binds both you and the seller to the sale. At this stage you need to pay a deposit (caparra) – this is usually 10% of the sale price of the house. This you pay directly to the owner of the property.

Pull out after signing and paying the deposit and you lose your deposit. If the owner pulls out they have to pay you double the deposit. The compromesso can be arranged within 7-14 days. You don’t have to be present for the signing of the compromesso - it can be done by registered post.

A geometra can be assigned to check the land registry and the building permissions the property has. This is the responsibility of the owner/seller and paid for by them.

At the same time the deposit is paid the agent’s commission is paid.

At this point the agent, you and the seller can set a date for the deed signing. The time between the compromesso and the signing of the deeds can be decided by you and the owner - typically it’s 8 weeks but can usually be set for a longer or shorter period.

*We’ve seen people over the years buy alone and it’s always far more costly than buying with expert advise.

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