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Lovingly Maintained 3 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Panicale, Umbria
Ref 215308
Bright and spacious 3 bedroom stone built farmhouse set within 2 hectares of gardens with olive trees, ideally situated within a quiet setting with panoramic countryside views, yet close to ameniti...
350,000 EUR
6 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Paciano, Umbria
Ref 169821
PRICE REDUCED - Within the walls of one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy, with magnificent views overlooking the Umbrian and Tuscan hills, wonderful historic palace of approx. 520 m2 on thre...
650,000 EUR
9 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Piegaro, Umbria
Ref 229153
Nestling in 64 hectares of glorious land and olive trees are these 2 beautiful stone houses, one dating back to the 14th century, with expansive pool, solarium and sauna, enjoying panoramic views ...
695,000 EUR

Area Guide

Panicale is a medieval hilltop town in Umbria, its long history stretches back to Etruscan times. Today it has kept its charm, there are sights to see and many eateries off the main piazza selling delicious food and wine. Inside the city walls you can steep yourself in history by visiting its ancient buildings including, the Palazzo del Podesti, the Palazzo Pretorio and the church of Saint Michele Arcangelo.

Buying Real Estate in Italy

1. Making the Offer to Purchase (Offerta)

Once you have found the property you wish to purchase you will start the process by making a formal offer to the vendor, the estate agent will act on your behalf and put forward the offer, a deposit will be made available, generally around (10,000 - 20,000 EUR). Once the vendor has accepted the offer it will be formalised in writing to the vendor in both English and Italian. If this is accepted the deposit (Caparra Confirmatoria) will be paid to the vendor. This will form a legally binding contract. Neither party may withdraw at this point, the sale can be forced by either party or a claim for damages can be made. If the purchaser withdraws their deposit will be lost, if the vendor withdraws the purchaser can claim twice the deposit in compensation.

2. Signing the Preliminary Contract (Compromesso or Contratto preliminare)

The next step will take place between 1 and 3 months after the offer has been accepted, this is a formal agreement between the vendor and purchaser to sell and buy the property, this agreement is the Preliminary Contract and will contain the conditions and terms of the sale. It is important at this stage that you have a full understanding of all the details contained in the contract. We would strongly recommend that you appoint a Notary who is fluent in English. This document will include the purchase price, a detailed description of the property including completion date and will cover any obligations placed upon the buyer and the vendor. All information relating to the property including any planning permissions for the property and the cadastral details (a public record, survey, or map of the value, extent, and ownership of land as a basis of taxation). Once the Preliminary Contract (Contratto preliminare) has been signed a further deposit (Caparra Confirmatoria) will be paid, this will generally be 10% - 20% of the purchase price. There will also be an estate agents Commission Fee (Provvigione) which will need to be paid at this point.

3. Signing the Final Deed of Sale (Rogito or Atto Notarile)

The purchaser must have a bank account in order to make the purchase on completion. The signing of the final deed of sale which will authorise the transfer of the property must be overseen by a Notary (Notaio). The buyer will select and hire the Notary, but they are members of an independent body of public/professionals who will draft the purchase deed, they will oversee the passing of the title legally from the vendor to the purchaser. The Notary will also verify the legality of the documentation and registration with the Conservatoria dei Registri Immobiliari and the Local Land Register.

4. Formalities to be observed after Completion

Foreign buyers should obtain a certified copy of the Purchase Deed (Rogito), which the Notary will have lodged with the authorities. Generally this will be available to collect around 2 – 3 weeks after completion. The Notary will also give you a form to complete for the the local authority (Questura) who will have been given formal notice of the purchase. Your Notary will help you to complete this form. You will need to contact the utilities companies to set up new contracts (power, water, telephone, gas etc.). If the property is a flat, the condominium manager (Amministratore del condominio) should be informed of change of ownership of the property.

IMPORTANT - Disclaimer : All information provided is believed to be current and provided free of charge. No liability can be accepted for the reliability of the information and statements made as this is obtained from 3rd parties. We always recommend you take legal advice from a fully qualified Lawyer or Notary before buying a property overseas.

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