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Tips from adventurers to buy a house cheaply in Italy

2021-12-02T21:48:43.387Z

What better than an explanation from those who ventured and bought a house in Italy for remodeling. Another Italian town sells houses for just over $ 1 1:04 1 of 18 | A valuable insight: The Italian city of Biccari made headlines when it began selling both dilapidated one-euro homes and ready-to-move houses in order to reverse the trend of depopulation. Russian interpreter Aksana Klimavets, seen with the city's mayor, Gianfilippo Mignogna, helped a Moscow businesswoman buy an old house here. Cr



Another Italian town sells houses for just over $ 1 1:04

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A valuable insight: The Italian city of Biccari made headlines when it began selling both dilapidated one-euro homes and ready-to-move houses in order to reverse the trend of depopulation.

Russian interpreter Aksana Klimavets, seen with the city's mayor, Gianfilippo Mignogna, helped a Moscow businesswoman buy an old house here.

Credit: Comune Biccari

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Reduced price: The three-story house, located in a narrow cobbled alley, was completely renovated when it sold for 15,000 euros (about $ 16,800).

Credit: Comune Biccari

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Forgotten: The former owners left many furniture and objects, including a baby stroller, inside the property, which had been inherited several times.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Ready to Move: The buyer plans to add more windows and another fireplace to her new Italian home.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Notary problems: Klimavets claims that the property purchase process was complicated, as she and the buyer found it very difficult to find a notary.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Unfortunate obstacles: "When we managed to find a notary, we were told that we had to transfer the money immediately before the deed, which is impossible given the strict Russian rules on international payments, which take many days," adds Klimavets.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Positive Result: Despite numerous difficulties, the buyer fell in love with Biccari and cannot wait to spend time at the property.

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Satisfied customer: Rolf Bauer, a retired engineer from Germany, also chose to buy a renovated house in Biccari after learning about the program.

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A turnkey home: Your 150-square-meter house is spread over three floors, with panoramic views, and features a stone staircase, which leads to the main entrance.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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A perfect retreat: "I like the atmosphere of the town, I think fate sent me here," says Bauer.

"I drove to Apulia this summer to choose a house and it was the first town I stopped in. It was perfect."

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Hassle-free: Bauer says having a good, affordable agent to help him through the process made things a lot easier, stressing that things would have been very different if it hadn't been.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Key factor: "I quickly found the surveyor's office, which was great," he adds.

"Having the right person to help you choose the right home for you is very important."

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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New owner: Mariano Russo, with Mayor Mignogna, bought a cozy 55-square-meter, two-storey house in the village for 7,000 euros.

Credit: Commune of Biccari

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Modernization plans: "It's already habitable. Maybe we'll just modernize the plumbing and heating system, and maybe fix some parts of the floor," says Russo.

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Charming location: The entrance of the house, which has a panoramic terrace, is located in a picturesque alley in the historic center of the town.

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Successful sale: Although the home technically had two owners, they both agreed to the sale.

Like Bauer, Russo also thanks his agent for helping to make the process smooth.

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Lucky position: "It is crucial to have someone to guide you along the way, we were lucky to have this agent," says Russo.

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The dream of an affordable home: Mariano Russo purchased a ready-to-move home in Biccari, Italy, earlier this year.

Credit: Mariano Russo

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Buying a cheap home in Italy is an attractive prospect for many travelers, especially with the growing number of cities offering homes for next to nothing through take-back plans.


While some have been brave enough to jump in and buy a house priced from one to a few thousand euros in a rural Italian town, others have likely been put off by fear that something might go wrong.

But are there any red flags potential buyers should heed when thinking about buying from such a home?

And how do you know if they are treading on unreliable ground?

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When it comes to offering valuable advice and tips on this particular topic, no one is better prepared than those who have already done so.

In January, the Italian town of Biccari made headlines when it began selling both dilapidated one-euro homes and squatter-ready homes that needed minimal repairs, the latter being the most successful.

Mayor Gianfilippo Mignogna chose to offer the houses in an attempt to revive the battered town, whose population has declined over the years as many residents leave to seek work in Italian cities or abroad.

Below, three of those who bought, or helped to buy, one of the turnkey homes share their experience.

"Legacy" problems

Mariano Russo bought a ready-to-occupy house in Biccari (Italy) earlier this year.


Credit: Mariano Russo

Mariano Russo, an Argentine with Italian roots, bought a cozy 55-square-meter, two-story house in Biccari for 7,000 euros (about $ 7,800).

Russo's house was renovated when it was sold, even the walls were freshly painted, and it has a panoramic terrace, while the entrance is located in a picturesque alley in the historic center of the town.

In addition to the purchase price, the notary for the purchase deed cost him 3,000 euros (US $ 3,400) more.

"It is already habitable. Spolo you have to modernize the running water and heating system, and maybe fix some parts of the floor," says Russo, director of Argentina Per Il Mondo, an organization that unites Italian-Argentines from all over the world. world.

"The structure is solid, although it is an old house there is no mold on the walls and the ceiling is in perfect condition."

According to Russo, the purchasing process was very smooth thanks to the support of the local surveyor in charge of the project.

"It is essential to have someone to guide you along the way, we were lucky to have this agent," explains Russo, who plans to live in Biccari with his wife and two daughters for much of the year.

"He did the paperwork for us and helped us pay our property taxes. He made sure the house was free of any previous debt, something you don't want to find out after you bought it."

Yet Russo came close to being caught up in the labyrinthine nightmare others have found themselves in when purchasing an Italian property with multiple owners.

Russo's 55-square-meter, two-story property cost him 7,000 euros (about $ 7,800).


Credit: Mariano Russo

This house had two owners, sisters who lived in different cities.

Both had to agree first on the sale and then on the final price.

Fortunately, the sisters were on good terms and things worked out well.

But it's not always like this.

According to Italian law, even if a property has 1,000 different owners, each must agree to the sale, otherwise it cannot take place.

And let's say that in Italy there are quite a few quarrelsome relatives.

Therefore, buyers, with the help of the forum, should avoid the risk of an unknown heir appearing out of nowhere to claim the sold property.

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Russo notes that it is also important to ensure that there are no outstanding mortgages on the property and that all minor repairs or renovations made by the previous owners have a legal permit that has been paid for.

Otherwise, the new owner will have to fix it or face legal consequences.

Buyers should also be aware of any damage to third parties that former homeowners may have caused before signing the deed of purchase.

For example, if a damaged water pipe flooded a neighbor's kitchen, or if a sagging roof cracked a building adjacent to the property.


Even earlier renovations could be a problem if they were not properly approved or later authorized through the so-called construction amnesty.

"One of the sisters could not be present on the day of writing, so she delegated the other to sign on her behalf," explains Russo.

"We made sure everything was fine with the sale. The sisters had remodeled the house in the past, they had knocked down a wall to join two rooms, but the construction amnesty was resolved."

"All this must appear on the papers, before the sale. Nobody wants last minute problems."

If that remodeling has not been communicated to the forum, which is a legal requirement, the new buyer could find themselves in a situation where the deed of purchase, and the sale, are canceled.

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Houses for sale: Bisaccia, a rural town in the Campania region of southern Italy, is the latest to join the wave of communities trying to reverse a depopulation trend by selling dilapidated houses for a euro, just over a dollar.

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Joint project: Unlike other cities and towns that offer deals for people who commit to one-time renovations, Bisaccia officials say its tightly packed architecture lends itself to more communal projects and wants groups of friends or large families to buy multiple properties. .

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Point of view: The viewpoint of the city offers a bucolic view over sanctuaries and ruins of Roman villas.

The surrounding countryside is full of caves and catacombs from the Bronze Age.

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Pampered visitors: "Bisaccia is known as the 'gentle city' because, despite the difficulties, its people have always been respectable, welcoming, hard-working and resilient," says Tartaglia, the mayor.

"Newcomers here are pampered and cared for. We want this place to shine again."

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Common entries: "We are faced with a very particular situation here," says the city's deputy mayor, Francesco Tartaglia.

"The abandoned [area] stretches across the oldest part of town. Abandoned houses are clustered side by side along the same roads. Some even share a common entrance."

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Left behind: Local authorities possess all the empty houses abandoned years ago by residents who fled in search of a brighter future.

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Excellent location: Bisaccia is well located for spectacular day trips around southern Italy.

It stretches along the border of three regions: Campania, Basilicata and Puglia.

Naples and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera are nearby.

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Major Renovation: Most homes will need extensive renovations before they are habitable.

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Maze of streets: A maze of alleys made of huge, uneven moss-covered cobblestone steps connecting a series of arcaded stone portals, adorned with vaulted vaults and tunnels with hanging ferns.

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Royal connection: Emperor Frederick II, known as the "Enlightened One" for his advancement in the arts and sciences, loved to hunt in the woods in the 13th century.

The right broker

Rolf Bauer bought a 150 square meter house in the village.


Credit: Comune Biccari

Finding an effective agent was a key factor for Rolf Bauer, a retired engineer from Germany, in choosing a bargain house in Biccari.

"I like the atmosphere of the town, I think destiny sent me here. This summer I traveled to Apulia to choose a house and it was the first town I stopped in. It was perfect," says Bauer, who paid 30,000 euros (US $ 34,000) for his renovated house.

"I quickly found the surveyor's office, which was great. Having the right person to help you choose the right home for you is very important."

Bauer chose to buy in Apulia rather than Sicily, where houses are sold for one euro in several cities.

"Sicily is too far south, and I never wanted a one-euro house," he explains.

"It takes too much work."

Bauer, who has other properties in Europe, found the agent's expenses - less than 500 euros ($ 560) - to be far less than what he has had to pay in other countries.

Having chosen Biccari for his residence, Bauer does not have to pay property taxes, which is another point in his favor.

Bauer's 150-square-meter house is spread over three floors and offers panoramic views


Credit: Comune Biccari

"I realized that you have to do something with money, use it to relax and enjoy life," he says.

"I am a home collector, and in Biccari I found a warm place where I can live for several months a year. I hate the cold, here I probably don't even need to put the heat on."

His 150-square-meter house is spread over three floors, with panoramic views, and features vaulted ceilings, an open kitchen, a large wine cellar and a stone staircase that leads to the main entrance.

Bauer did some of the minor work himself, such as putting in new tile, upgrading the electrical system, and installing a new shower head.

He plans to convert the upper floor bedroom into a porch.

Unlike most buyers, Bauer did not buy any furniture, no appliances, not even light bulbs.

Instead, he shipped them from countries like Germany, where he says the prices, and sometimes the quality, may be better.

"It depends on what you want, and if you have supplier contacts elsewhere like me. It's always good to take a look and compare," he says.

Bauer, who is a great squash player, has been living in his new home in Biccari for two months now, and he is really enjoying the experience.

Although the language has been something of a barrier since Bauer does not speak Italian, so far he has turned to translation applications, and has found that locals often make the effort to try to understand if they are interested in talking to him.

Notary problems

Aksana Klimavets, with the mayor of Biccari, Gianfilippo Mignognai, helped a buyer acquire one of the houses.


Credit: Comune Biccari

The process of buying a cheap house in Biccari was a bit more complicated for Aksana Klimavets, a Russian interpreter living in Italy who helped a Moscow businesswoman buy an old house here for 15,000 euros (about $ 16,800).

Tucked away in a narrow cobbled alley, the three-story house was fully renovated at the time of sale, with freshly painted white vaulted ceilings, marble stairs, and a panoramic terrace overlooking a small square;

the former owners even left a forgotten baby carriage.

But, according to Klimavets, finding an available notary to attest to the signatures on the deed was incredibly difficult and the sale process took several months.

"When we managed to find a notary, they told us that we had to transfer the money immediately before the deed, which is impossible given the strict Russian rules on international payments that take many days," he explains.

"The bank has to verify and authorize, and this delayed the sale."

To speed up the process, the Klimavets client decided to transfer the money to the notary well in advance of the rescheduled meeting to sign the agreement, which meant buying the house without seeing it.

Once this was agreed, the client flew from Moscow to sign the deed and discovered that the notary had the wrong address.

"Luckily, we double-checked or we would have ended up buying someone else's property," Klimavets adds.

This completely renovated house in Biccari sold for 15,000 euros (about $ 16,800).


Credit: Comune Biccari

When she and the buyer met with the owners, they discovered that the house not only had five heirs, but that it had been inherited multiple times.

"That house has a very long history, during the deed meeting, the notary read us the list of the previous owners and now we are in contact with an heir to transfer the utility bills," he explains.

After overcoming this hurdle, the new owner had to go through the process of opening a bank account in Italy, which can be especially difficult for those from Russia, before being able to pay any bills or enjoy her vacation retreat.

But despite these difficulties, Klimavets says his client has fallen in love with the clean streets of Biccari and its pristine surroundings.

"For Russians, Apulia is a prime destination," he adds.

"There is the Bari [international] airport and the tomb of St. Nicholas, which is a Russian-Orthodox pilgrimage site."

The buyer, a businesswoman, can't wait to get the most out of her new property, and plans to add more windows and another fireplace.

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Source: cnnespanol

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