Process of buying a property in Italy

From start to finish, hassle-free and transparent purchasing process

We take the time to go through everything with you step by step. As a real estate consultant, our goal is to help you find the right fit into the Italian real estate market, optimizing your time and number of visits. In order to provide you with the necessary support for the choice of the asset, we would love to receive additional information in order to be fully able to find your potential Tuscan home.

Therefore, we offer you a free 30-minute Skype call to navigate your wishes and provide you with the current Italian buying process. Let us know what fits your calender.

On the basis of the above-mentioned information and your clarifying remarks we can optimally prepare potential viewings. Together with our colleague agency in Arezzo AAA-Immobiliare.

If you’d like to arrange a non-binding viewing, we will make an appointment for you in beautiful Tuscany

At this time, you will give us the task of planning these appointments for you.

Buying a house in Italy is not something you do in a weekend. Plan a minimum of 15 days to find the right house. You will then need, at least one more trip to Italy, to complete the details of the sales process.

Once you have identified your dream home, viewed it, and decided it is the one for you, it is imperative to first understand the legal process of buying property in Italy before you close the deal. The following short guide will be helpful in unravelling some of the legal terms and requirements involved in the sales process.

1) The fiscal code “codice fiscale”:

The first thing you need to get familiar with is the CODICE FISCALE. If you are thinking about purchasing a property in Italy, in fact as well as to open any Italian bank account, you will need a CODICE FISCALE. It is an identification code calculated based on your complete name, the place of your birth, and the date of your birth. The CODICE FISCALE will be necessary any time you will need to deal with the authorities.

2) Opening an Italian bank account:

In the event of a purchase it is essential to open a bank account in Italy, not only to transfer the funds for the completion (as the final payment normally happens in Italian bank drafts) but also to get the various utilities paid automatically through direct debit.

3) Mobile phone number:

You will also be required to buy an Italian mobile phone card or pre-pay sim card. This is necessary to manage your bank account online.

4) Formal offer “proposta d’acquisito”:

Once the above is complete, you can then proceed in creating a formal offer or “proposta d’acquisito” for the property. It confirms your interest to pay for the property. However, it is always important to engage the services of a solicitor at this point to ensure that your interests are well catered to, this throughout the entire process.

5) Cadastral checks “Conservatoria e Catasto”:

In Italy the registration situation changes regularly in relation to the new European Union rules. It sometimes happens that the information we receive, from the sellers does not fully match the information at the time of the sale. Because an investigation at the Land Registry is costly and the seller has to pay the costs, it is NOT CUSTOMARY to have an investigation set up in advance in Italy.
This is done after acceptance of the proposal contract.
Sometimes it is possible that the data does not correspond 100% with what is already known.
In that case the seller is given a certain amount of time to register the whole with the Land Registry.

6) Preliminary agreement “compromesso”:

The deposit seals a contract known as preliminary agreement of sale (‘compromesso’ or “contratto preliminare di vendita” in Italian). It is also called the ‘promessa di vendita’ which is actually a major contract setting out all the full conditions of the sale including all the necessary registry information. The signed contract must be (if both parties wish) registered within 20 days to make it a legally binding document. The cost of the notary, to organize and register the contract, is approximately € 2,500.00
N.B. The preliminary agreement is NOT mandatory and the “final contract” can be immediate after the “proposta d’acquisito”.

7) Final contract “rogito”:

The next step will be to officially get the property’s title deed known as the ‘atto di compravendita’ or simply the ‘rogito’ (final contract) using the services of a notary, locally known as the ‘notaio’. He or she will validate the contracts dealing with transfer of property ownership, draft a new deed citing you as the new legal owner, and witness the closing of the deal as you hand over the final payment and receive the property’s keys from the seller.

The notary needs about 6 weeks to arrange all administrative tasks to complete the “rogito” and in some cases s/he will need more time depending on workloads.


House For Sale Tuscany collaborates with real estate agency AAA-Immobiliare S.a.s. in Arezzo.
They organize all contracts and check all legal aspects of the buying and selling process.
They guide the clients at the notary office during the transfer of the contract.

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