Subject: OT Buying property in Italy?
Dear Ziners,

Does anybody have any experience, tips, suggestions, about buying property in Italy - property to rent and use.

My cousin just returned from Rome, where she met 2 women who were on their way home from buying property in Cortona. They made it sound so easy, that they could hire someone local to manage it when they were not there. She keeps talking to me about going into a similar venture. I am getting really excited about it, but my husband has cold feet. I had thought I had seen a posting about buying property in Provence, so does have anyone any information? I am concerned about how to judge whether there is a rental market for the property, how taxes are handled, mortgages, etc. Thanks so much for any input you can give me.

Maria Katz Redondo Beach, CA