Do I need an Italian notary when buying property in Italy?
The Italian real estate buying process differs from that in many other countries. It’s important to understand the different elements of the process if you wish to feel secure buying an Italian property. Part of this is learning to understand the role of the Italian notary in real estate purchase.
A notary is the qualified lawyer responsible for the legal transfer of an Italian property from the vendor to the buyer. They are employed by the Italian government. They will prepare the deeds of sale and undertake a number of checks against the property including charges, title issues, planning conformity and more. They will often work in connection for a geometra, a role which doesn’t really exist elsewhere but they are akin to a planning expert.
It is the buyer that has to pay the notary fees. This means that the buyer can choose which notary to use, we can guide you on this. Always choose an estate agent, like WGS Real Estate, who focuses on international buyers looking for property in Italy, we work within an international law firm to give the best service. They will help you navigate the complex process, and be in your corner throughout.
At WGS Real Estate we partner with Italian notaries and lawyers who speak English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic, German and are familiar working with international buyers or sellers.
Notary prices vary, as do the services they offer. This is another reason to take professional guidance. Despite using English speaking staff to guide you, it is a legal requirement when buying property in Italy to have a translator if you do not have sufficient language knowledge. Again, this is where professionals like WGS Real Estate help.
Do you need help navigating the Italian real estate process? Give us a call on +44 (0) 20 3137 5067 today and let us help.