What you absolutely must understand before you buy a property in Italy!
When you visit a country for a holiday the cultural differences are charming and exciting and ultimately do not affect your life. This changes dramatically when you move to, or invest financially, in that country.
You may have already bought a property in your own country. Maybe you are English and the estate agent passed all relevant information to your lawyer to process the purchase, maybe you are American and your independent buying agent was fully qualified to deal with the process and very aware of the ease with which litigation takes place in the USA. In both cases, the most risk free and secure method for you, as a buyer has become the assumed and probably the only way in which you can purchase that property. We take for granted that our interests are so well protected that it is very difficult to unknowingly make a mistake. (more…)