Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Lawyer when buying your property in Sardinia, Italy

In the maze of real estate transactions, Italy presents a landscape fraught with potential pitfalls for the uninformed buyer. In the ocean of appealing deals and seemingly flawless properties, there are hidden risks like unclear ownership, secret debts, and legal problems. As you look for a home in Italy, be sure you have a skilled real estate lawyer by your side.

Here’s why:

  1. It’s a world full of fake news, scams, and misleading information: online and offline, there are many issues with illegal offers, many ownership issues, title issues, mortgages and lies issues, hidden costs, and fees, donation issues, third parties rights upon the property, etc.;
  2. Real Estate Agent responsibility and role: The agents for the mediation ask for a fee of 3-5% of the property selling price, but don’t have any legal obligation of legal checks or due diligence upon the property’s legal situation! We offer full legal due diligence with a legal fee cheaper than the Real Estate Agency fee;
  3. The Notary has a neutral role: Italian notaries are legal professionals who act as public officers in Italian real estate transactions. The issue arises when buyers frequently sign offers or agreements with real estate agents or directly with the seller long before involving a Notary. In any case, it is very important to remember that the notary acts as an Italian officer fulfilling a public role and does not work on behalf of the buyer or the seller, but serves as a neutral party;
  4. English-Speaking Lawyers: we talk in English and we are Italians, this avoids any misunderstanding between the parties;
  5. Legal Due Diligence is Crucial: we will do proper legal checks on the situation of the property that besides offering a safe purchase transaction, can result in a discovery of issues or elements that could negotiate a lowering of the property price;
  6. Avoiding future litigations: too many people still sign binding contracts without fully understanding their effects and this could cost future litigations regarding one of the many legal issues around;
  7. Obtaining contracts with major and better guarantees, with the last juridical verdicts of the Italian Courts regarding Real Estate (Diritto Immobiliare) and Real Estate Fiscal and Tax Law (Fiscalità Immobiliare e Tasse);
  8. Avoiding future hidden condominium costs: often happens that the condominium has a credit against the last owner and by law, they can ask for it from the new property owners for a part of it, some other costs could be hidden and hard to see for a “common” eye, becoming hidden costs that come “out of nowhere” after the Notary Deed.

In a few wordswhy should I hire a Lawyer?

Because you could buy something, without legal assistance, and risk fighting in Court for the following 5-10 years trying to protect your rights from issues that you didn’t know you had!

And don’t think that this happens only with bad sellers.

Many of them don’t even know that the property they are selling has legal issues!

Before buying a home, please, have the title and the property papers examined by a real estate lawyer!

In Sardinia, the Real Estate Agents only match buyer & seller but DON’T have a legal obligation of due diligence upon the property. You could buy a house with legal issues, hidden costs, or third-party rights upon the property (but we are different! Discover WHY here).

The lawyer stands as the sole independent professional in the real estate transaction, working exclusively in the best interest of the client. They conduct thorough legal checks, and should any issues arise, they proactively address them before the final proceedings, thereby preventing potential court litigations or costly surprises in the future.

Hire a professional that assists you in any step of the purchase process. For these and many more reasons, contact us using the following form!

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