A foreigner planning to buy a place in Italy should be aware of the main Italian law issues concerning the real estate buying process.
The transaction has to be governed by Italian law and the deed has to be executed in written form, before a public notary. The public notary acts as a State officer and takes care of the registration of the real estate transfer at the land registries (conservatoria and catasto). Usually the public notary is chosen by the purchaser.
Only citizens of countries which allow Italian citizens to purchase real estate assets in their territories can buy property in Italy (principle of reciprocity).
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