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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Properties in Italy: Some Good Tips to Find a Dream Home

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One of the main reasons why people choose Italy when deciding to buy a property abroad is because there s plenty of good options for homes in Italy.
It is possible to choose a home in one of the many gorgeous and famous cities that Italy features, or to decide to live in an area still to be discovered by foreigners, or choose to buy a property to restore so that can be customized as you prefer.

There s plenty of choice also location wise, as you can pick a sea location, or a ski resort, or maybe near a place where you spent some wonderful time long ago, or maybe for a bit bigger investment in the very centre of a famous city.

Italy is full of wonderful places and cities, from the turquoise sea of Sicily to the high mountains of Piemonte, there are so many that we could go on so that we can use this entire article to list them all. In fact there are many cities full of excitement, culture and history to choose from for a dream home, or maybe you prefer to own a property in a quite and relaxing place, why not close to a thermal spa resort, or in one of the many natural parks that feature a wilderness envied all over the world. Italy has everything one can ask, wonderful coastlines (one of the longest in Europe), the highest mountains and some of the most popular ski resorts in Europe and, last but not least, some of the most beautiful and famous lakes.

The nice thing about Italy is that not only is full of dream locations, but it is also plenty of different types of properties to choose from. New or completely restored homes, properties to be restored and which you d enjoy to work on yourself, maybe with some land that you can either cultivate or use just as a garden.
Ancient homes, historical palaces, old farmhouses, country houses, stone houses, sea resort apartments, the list can go on and on.

Let’s go through a few points that needs to be considered:

Generally, the most popular places such as Tuscany, Umbria and cities such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Siena are more costly, especially if you are considering a home within the city itself.

Properties in other parts of Italy are coming up as emerging markets and are considerably cheaper, regions such as Abruzzo, Calabria, Puglia, Molise and some areas of Sardinia.

Apart from the location itself, there are other aspects that need to be considered. For instance how is the area where you are considering buying your dream home connected with your own motherland? Are there convenient flight connections? You’d better consider where low cost airlines fly to, this might be extremely useful in case you plan to make several trips to Italy to find your home, or, even more, if you need to go back to your country regularly. But you might also need to travel within the country, Italy is so beautiful throughout that it is worth to be visited as much as possible, so how is the transportation system in the place you are considering? Is there a well served railway system? Any buses? Italy now a days is investing important amounts of money to improve its transportation system.

One of the most important aspects is: who would you work with to find your home in Italy? I advise to select carefully a well established estate agent, especially one with good experience on working with non Italian buyers.

Do your homework; find out all you need to know about property taxes, the amount and type of repairs the property needs to be done. Make sure you find an estate agent to work with who is really reliable and who knows all the legal matters and everything that is needed for a non Italian who wants to own a home in Italy. Apart from that use any methods you would use to buy a property in your own country and you will be fine and happy with your dream home in Italy.
Author Resource:- Simone Rossi works for the Italian property portal . is the leading property portal specialized in the promotion of property in Italy to foreign investors.
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