Dear All. Thank you for your responses. Your help is
Dear All. Thank you for your responses. Your help is appreciated. We do not know whether or not to use a bilingual solicitor for the purchase. It will cost €4k more than if we don't. So the purchase costs will be €8k rather than €4k on a purchase price of €25k. There are no estate agents involved. We are being encouraged to 'do things the Italian way' and not bother with a preliminary contract, survey, etc. Just turn up on the day & sign the 'Deed of Sale' with the Notary & Interpreter. This is a private sale. We do trust the Seller as he is related to a friend of ours. We have been to the property twice so there is less risk than if we did this through estate agents. I don't know if I am being over cautious. There is no kitchen so the €4k could pay for this. Also, does anybody know if we can do the sale in British Pounds rather than Euros? I have a bilingual Lawyer saying it has to be in Euros and an Italian Geometra saying it can be in British Pounds.