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Top Crucial Questions to Ask Your Italian Estate Agent

The idea of moving to Italy has captured the imagination of many, thanks to its glamorous Hollywood depictions and the allure of incredible food and wine.

So, what do you need to know before you get started?

We suggest some important questions to ask your  Italian real estate agent:

  1. How long has this real estate been for sale?

This is an important question to ask. Of course, if the housing market in the area is depressed then it could be that all properties are taking a long time to sell. A long time on the market might mean that the seller would accept a lower price and this is crucial to be known.

  1. If renovations are essential, ask how much they will be likely to cost

Once the final deed on your new property purchase has been completed, you will have no way to negotiate further discounts or any other deal on this dwelling, so if renovations are essential, you really need to find out true costs prior to purchasing it. For example, check out the windows!

  1. Is there anything that you would want to know about the house if you were buying it?

The big fear if you are buying is that you are missing out some big negative factor that others know about. Is the local train station about to close, a nearby sewerage plant opening up, or the next door neighbours the family from hell? If you have any doubts about a house, ask next door neighbours or local shop keepers what they think.

4. Are the sellers ready to negotiate on the price?

If you find a house you really want to purchase, then don’t be shy to ask your real estate agent whether the seller is ready to reduce the price. He might give you this valuable information even before you make a deal.

5. Have any major works been conducted?

If so, are you able to have a look at the relevant planning and building control consents? In most cases you can search online for planning applications (granted and refused) on the local planning authority website. It would be awful if you bought your dream home only to find out you would have to knock half of it down

6. How much are utility bills in the area?

Try and get exact amounts. Talk to the seller if you have to. While these may seem like small considerations in comparison to the amount you will spend on the house, they are reoccurring expenses that will add to the pressure of owning your home

The above questions are very important to ask but you have to seat and think and write many other queries that could be useful, for example:

– What is included in the sale?

– How long did the previous owners live in that dwelling?

– How old is this real estate?

– What do you like most  and what worries you about this property?

You will certainly think of plenty more questions to ask your estate agent as you tour your selected abodes. Always take a notebook and pen along with you so you can jot down notes as you look round and ideally take photographs as you inspect the houses as these will jog your memory when you come to make your final decision on the best abode for you in Italy.