Want to live in your Italian dream home? Buying a house in Italy is relatively easy. Finding a house is the hard part.
We find houses of all sizes, conditions, and price points. From stately million-dollar palazzos to renovation properties. We even track many Italian properties for sale under $150,000.
Buying a house in Italy can be a dream come true. But finding your Italian dream home can seem like a never-ending struggle. This is because of two huge obstacles:
Obstacle # 1:
There are no buyer's agents in Italy, only sales agents. When you are looking for a house, you have to contact all of the sales agents who represent each of the properties that interest you. And sales agents, understandably, won't tell you about the available houses that they don't represent. Many speak only Italian and some are not quick to respond to inquiries in English. And no matter how specific your criteria, most of the houses they show you will not fit those criteria. And because they are sales agents, every house they represent is in great condition and in a great neighborhood and a great town.
Corresponding with, getting additional and solid details, tracking information, and juggling schedules from umpteen sales agents, from abroad, is the biggest obstacle to buying a house in Italy.
We can manage this process for you. We are your "Buyer's Representative" here, on the ground in Italy. We know the language, the market, and the locales and we can act as your contact liaison and data wrangler to the myriad of sales agents who represent the properties you are interested in.
There is no centralized online Italian real estate listing website akin to Zillow in the US. When searching for properties, you have to look at and track listings from dozens of different Italian real estate websites. And because many don't have useful filters (ex. number of bedrooms, year built, newest listings first, etc., etc.), you often have to wade through thousands of listings to find the few that fit your criteria.
Many Italian real estate agent websites cover only local geographical areas and their listings don't show up in web searches conducted from abroad. And when searching from abroad, it is not possible to know what a neighborhood, town, or environment is like.
We streamline the online search process for you -- filtering through the thousands of listings, with access to national, regional, and local realtor sites, knowing or visiting neighborhoods and locales -- to find the properties that meet your criteria.
We spent three years and more than $30,000 searching for the area we wanted to live in and the house we wanted to buy. We spent nearly 100% of our free time online, searching Italian real estate listings. (Read our story). And through this, we discovered a huge need for anyone looking to buy a house in Italy. If only we had had someone here, on the ground, to filter through the online listings, liaise with the dozens of sales agents, and act as our buyer's representative, we could have saved tens of thousands of dollars in transatlantic trips and countless hours of our time.
Let us help you to avoid the trials and tribulations of hunting for, negotiating, and purchasing a home in a foreign land. We can be your experienced, available, English / Italian speaking representative here on the ground in Italy. We will work tirelessly to find you dozens of potential properties that meet your criteria and guide you through the finding and buying process, thereby saving you invaluable time and money.
We specialize in finding properties in the Piedmont Region in Northern Italy. We are not real estate agents. We are go-betweens, we represent and serve you, the buyer!
Our House Finder Services include finding houses, the online search, agents, bidding, buying, legalities, title, moving, renovations, pitfalls, tips, etc. From soup to nuts, we will guide you through the often arduous processes of finding and buying a house while saving you tens of thousands of dollars.
With our House Finder Services, we can save you thousands of dollars in EACH of the following ways:
Ours was a typical story of house hunting from abroad. We spent 3 years taking many transatlantic trips to Italy, traversing the country several times looking for the area that we wanted to live in. Classically Italian. Undeveloped and unadulterated historic towns. Quaint small cities and important large cities nearby. An abundance of natural beauty. A local economy. And eventually, we found our spot -- Monferrato. A highly unspoiled, undeveloped, protected, Unesco World Heritage area in Piedmont in Northern Italy, an hour or so drive from some of Italy's best cities and places - Turin, Milan, the Lakes Region (Como, Orta, Maggiore...), Genoa, Portofino, Cinque Terre, the Dolomites, the Alps, the Italian and French Rivieras...
Then the real work began. We made more transatlantic trips (12 in total, costing us more than $30,000 in travel and accommodations). We dealt with dozens of Italian real estate sales agents, most of whom spoke little or no English and many of whom had a very laid back approach to selling houses. We looked at more than 100 houses. No matter how great a house seemed online, no matter how specific the criteria we relayed to the real estate agent, the vast majority of the houses we were shown were not to our liking. In the end, we found our house from real estate listings posted on the bulletin board of a town square.
Through this, we discovered a huge need for anyone looking to buy a home in Italy from afar. If only there had been someone on the ground in Italy to represent us who understood and took very seriously our criteria and the kind of house, environs, and locations we were looking for. Someone who could constantly monitor the dozens of national, regional, and local real estate websites, someone who could wade through hundreds of houses that look good online but aren't good in person. Someone who knows and lives among the areas and towns and could do reconnaissance, could weed out the unacceptable, could justify asking prices, could take helpful photos (!), and provide additional helpful information (!) on the properties we were interested in.
And most importantly, an English/Italian speaking someone who could gather and wrangle and track the listings and information and schedules and logistics from the dozens of Italian real estate agents that we were in constant communication with. If such a person had been here for us, we could have saved tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours of our precious time.
Avoid the frustration and stress, the wasted time and energy, and the wasted money. Hire us as your Personal House Finder. Our fee is about the cost of and airline ticket for two people for just one trip. Next to moving to Italy, it will be the best move you can make!
Our driveway above. I love it! We bought a 6,000 sqft country house with outbuildings and eight acres for US$189,000!!
Let us help you find your Italian dream house and save thousands of dollars in the process...
Scroll down for a sampling of some of our favorite homes available on the Piedmont market today.
Houses are insanely inexpensive in this beautiful region of Piedmont in Northern Italy. We purchased our 6,000 sqft farmhouse with additional barns, two cantinas (underground wine cellars - ours are cavernous), and eight acres of land for €170,000 (about US$189k). For the median home price in a city like Nashville, you could buy here a house beyond your wildest dreams. There are even turn-key properties for sale in Italy under $100,000. We know where they are!!!
Whether you are looking to buy a move-in-ready property or a renovation project, we find traditional and historic Italian properties of all prices and conditions. We specifically track pre-1920 homes, built in the classic historic Italian and Piemontese style. This style is signified by:
Listed below are, what we believe to be, just a few of the finest homes in the best locations (very important consideration!!!) currently for sale in this stunning Unesco World Heritage region.
For more information on how we can save you thousands in the house hunting and buying process, check out our House Finder Services.
To find out what your Italian dream house will cost in US$, below are figures based on a house which sells for €200,000 (Euros).
1. Convert the sale price in Euros to US Dollars.
ex: €200,00 x 1.13 (May 2020) = US$226,000
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2. If it will not be your primary residence, add approximately 16% to the sale price to cover registration taxes, agent fee, notaio, etc.
Secondary Residence Example:
$226,000 + 16% ($36,300) = US$262,000 Total
3. If this will be your primary residence*, add approximately 10% to the sale price to cover registration (sales) tax, agent fee, notaio, etc.
Primary Residence Example:
$226,000 + 10% ($22,600) = US$248,600 Total
*Bonus Note: If you are buying as a primary residence, there are no annual property taxes ... ever!
Country House. 1,700 sqft. Grounds.
Villa. 2,000 sqft. Garden.
Villa. 4,300 sqft. Garden.
Palazzo. 6,600 sqft. Grounds
Country House. 4,300 sqft. Views.
Country House. 4,400 sqft. Garden.
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For detailed information and rates on our House Finder Services for the Piedmont and Sicliy areas, please visit our Contact/About Us page.
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