Property Investment Italy

The Buying Procedure

Italy is an excellent country for property investment. The country has a fairly simple property buying process but it differs a lot from the USA and UK systems.

I have gone through the real estate buying process myself and it is actually rather easy - once you understand it.

You may also involve your lawyer if you would like extra peace of mind although I have never done so.

The process is in three steps:

1) Make the offer

Once you find a property you like you then make an offer signed by you and the seller. This then gives you and the seller a certain amount of time to sign the Compromesso (preliminary contract). You normally pay around 10% of the purchase price which is held by the estate agent. If you back out after this is signed you lose this money. This is also when you can have your surveyor (Geometra) check out the property to make sure all is as stated.

2) The Preliminary contract (Compromesso)

The preliminary contract (Compromesso) commits both parties to the sale. The contract confirms that both parties agree to buy and sell the property, and agree on the terms and conditions of the sale. It is often a good idea to let your lawyer look through the contract as you need to pay a 1/3 deposit which you will lose if you back out after signing the contract. If the owner backs out he will have to pay you double your deposit.

3) Rogito

This is the final completion of sale. If you cannot be here you are entitled to give power of attorney to someone in Italy you trust or your agent. I would recommend that you attend in person though and with a translator if your Italian isn’t that good.

You will need an Italian tax number known as a codice fiscale, which your lawyer or agent can arrange. You will also need your passport.

It is vital that your mortgage is finalised too as you must make full payment and pay the notary, surveyor fees and all taxes at this point. The property is now yours.

My advice is to try and organise the mortgage and home insurance in your own country, particularly if you are buying a holiday home as opposed to moving permanently to Italy. The reasons I say this are: firstly it is easier to do in your own language and secondly, if your home currency isn’t euro, it eliminates the currency risk. 

For more information and a selection of properties visit our property investment Italy main page.


  1. Home
  2. Italian Real Estate
  3. Buying Procedure

You might like these

  • Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

    Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

  • Italy Travel Books

    I lived in Italy for ten years and these Italy travel books truly tell it like it is. A few great coffee table books too full of evocative photos of this beautiful country.

  • The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

Please Book with Us...

Like us? Why not support me and Maria.

All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.

You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Tiramisu Recipe from Italy

    Dec 09, 19 01:38 AM

    A mouthwatering Tiramisu Recipe and easy too. Not for nothing the name means pick me up in Italian. Maria's authentic recipe is now on our site...

    Read More

  2. Why Visit Italy?

    Dec 07, 19 06:02 AM

    Why visit Italy? People have asked me that on many occasions. Now all you need to do is visit this page and you'll instantly have the answer.

    Read More

  3. Spaghetti Harvest Time

    Nov 28, 19 09:09 AM

    Read More

  4. Bridge Collapses!

    Nov 25, 19 03:39 AM

    Disaster strikes again in Italy. A major bridge has collapsed on the Turin to Savona highway. Thankfully no injuries have been reported. Please pray for Italy which is going through a terrible time at…

    Read More

  5. Poetic Justice?

    Nov 19, 19 08:56 AM

    Read More

  6. About Beautiful Matera

    Nov 17, 19 07:50 AM

    Read More