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The use of drones by estate agencies

The use of drones and sky-bound cameras by estate agencies is currently limited, however it is a missed opportunity by most: the drones allow us to showcase our properties unlike ever before, and in a much more effective way than only through photos. 
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Legal process to buy an Italian property

When looking for a house in Italy, if you use an agency, the agency has an obligation to be a Registered Estate Agent, who has been accredited and fully licensed by the Chamber of Commerce. Unless this is the case, you are not legally covered.

To buy an Italian property, the legal side falls into three parts; the offer, the preliminary contract (compromesso di vendita) and the completion deed (rogito notarile).
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Client Buying Requirement Statistics

Jan 2016 – This post, published in June 2009, covers the period immediately before and after the beginning of the crisis. It is no longer relevant except as an indicator of the change in buying requirements compared with the latest study (see the post “Le Marche Property Market Trends“).
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Restoring a farmhouse

In terms of the cost of restoring a farmhouse in Le Marche, it is not possible to give precise figures because much depends on two important factors. Firstly, the amount of work that has to done and secondly the quality of the materials that are used. A good start is the “Prezziario Regionale” or Regional price list, which gives current cost of all materials and work.
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The pros and cons of listing a building

Advantages of listing a building

– For each restoration undertaken it is possible to apply for a government grant of between 30-50% of the cost including professional fees- usually 30% in actually given.

– 19% of the cost can be written off against tax.

– The State pays up to 6% of the interest of the mortgage related to the cost of buying a restoring listed building.

– Inheritance and purchase tax are lesser than normally the case.

– Rental income is hardly taxed at all.

– Property tax is around ¼ the normal level.
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