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Sales and purchases / Re: Terremoti
« Last post by rsetzer99 on November 08, 2016, 07:15:24 PM »

From what I have read, many of these faults are very shallow, and shallow faults cause much more damage. In Alaska, we had deep faults, so 4-5 magnitude quakes were often just shakers. My In-Laws however lived through the huge 1964 quake, and they are quite terrified of all quakes because of that.
Sales and purchases / Re: Terremoti
« Last post by dolcevita on November 08, 2016, 02:40:25 PM »
I don't know why hostilities have to be stirred up around this topic?

If someone lives both in Italy and the UK who would blame them if they wanted to escape the turmoil and get a good night's sleep for a few weeks? I don't think it means they don't have any sympathy with what people in Italy are going through right now.

I personally refuse to use insults to get a point of view across. I do feel strongly, I read this today online :

On a bench in a camp outside what was left of Amartrice Elsa sat and cried.Her home had collapsed in the earthquake that had reduced the hilltop town to rubble.
Everything is destroyed,everything is broken said Elsa."We have nothing. Amartrice is finished.I wish I had died too.Im an old woman.What do I have to live for? "
Sales and purchases / Re: Terremoti
« Last post by Riso on November 08, 2016, 01:04:07 PM »
Hi im selling my house in casabianca near castilenti I have had four people come from Belgium they don't seem to mind in fact one couple came to look a few hours after the aftershock. my house isn't an old house its 30 years old so was built with seismic blocks rather than stone. it feels a lot safer but we don't have any guaranties but I make sure I explain everything to people wanting to see the house. so to anyone out there still looking to buy in Abruzzo don't be put off by negative people the facts are choose wisely. im also going to buy another property here so not running away to uk would rather have a life here in the sun and in this Beautiful part of Italy than go back to a place I don't fit with anymore. so be positive live life and live your dreams..
Sales and purchases / Re: Terremoti
« Last post by dolcevita on November 08, 2016, 10:15:57 AM »
Italy is one of the most seismically active countries in the world.

In order to help others to make an informed decision on whether to buy a house in Italy or not the information needs to be made more widely available to everyone considering that choice.

It is highly unlikely that anyone selling a house would want the information to be known and if a potential buyer did ask then they would want to play down the possibility of earthquakes posing a serious problem.I'm sure most of us would do the same!

I knew very little about earthquakes until we started living in Italy but I certainly have done quite a bit of research since. The recent quakes have occurred on a 'dormant' faultline. From what I can understand the longer a fault line lays dormant the more pressure builds up and when the quake occurs it is stronger than if there had been numerous smaller quakes? I think that is so.

I hope the recent earthquakes soon stop and the people can begin building their communities again.I think there is a text number you can use to send 2 euros or more to the appeal?

Sales and purchases / Re: Terremoti
« Last post by Shebar on November 07, 2016, 09:59:59 PM »
More of the same. 

There are 60 million people living in Italy; a mere "handful" are threatened by these natural disasters.  There was a hurricane in Italy yesterday, there will be more earthquakes, there will be avalanches, floods, and lots of other unexpected "disasters".  These unexpected things happen everywhere across the globe.

I think scrittore was questioning the honesty of the estate agent.
Sales and purchases / Re: Terremoti
« Last post by dolcevita on November 07, 2016, 09:11:38 PM »
Sadly they are :( I felt so sad to here my friends 10 year old say she wanted to return to the UK with us rather than Italy in Italy as she was frightened.People living in Italy have had so much to bear.

If you can honestly say you are not worried about being buried alive in your own home then go ahead and buy a house in Italy.
Sales and purchases / Terremoti
« Last post by scrittore on November 07, 2016, 06:25:07 PM »
When we were looking to buy a house 2007/8 we asked the agent about earthquakes and were told 'No, we don't have earthquakes here in Abruzzo, there is nothing to worry about.'
When we finally decided on a property in February 2008 we agreed the purchase and asked the agent to put us in touch with an insurer who could quote us for full house cover including earthquakes and landslides. Again we were told that this cover wasn't necessary.....but we insisted. Just 1 year and 7 days after moving in to our house we had the earthquake in L'Aquilla which although very  frightening at the time and with continuing strong after shocks fortunately caused no damage to our property. I wonder if the same agent, who had many houses around Italy on their books, is still saying the same today to prospective clients?  ;)
Sales and purchases / Re: Interpreter WANTED URGENTLY
« Last post by Lois Lane on September 28, 2016, 05:03:23 PM »
thank you all for the advice and the Pm's for names of translators.

Everything went smoothly this morning and the deed was done! 

Sales and purchases / Re: Interpreter WANTED URGENTLY
« Last post by Vignaverde on September 28, 2016, 12:31:07 PM »
I do hope you got sorted out in time. Just for future anyone who is asked to do this should do so with great caution unless they are familiar with the whole legal process and terms and obviously good with the language!
I would always recommend that the document is translated by the translator NOT another person, so if it has been prepared for you, I would recommend you double check the Italian contract. I say this because you will swear in front of the Notary that what you are translating is a true copy of the written Italian, you will also be asked for your proof of identity and your details will appear on the sale deed as translator. If you mis understand something or don't translate something correctly and there is a discrepancy at a later date, YOU the translator are held responsible if it is something you have not translated correctly or something you have missed, this could create huge problems for someone later in life, you are not just signing for that day, you are taking responsibility for life. 
Sales and purchases / Re: Interpreter WANTED URGENTLY
« Last post by Relaxed on September 27, 2016, 11:23:15 AM »
Good luck with finding someone, but first of all I would have a chat with the notaio so you are sure you know what is required.

The written atto may need to be translated into written English, and it is better not to have to do this 'on the fly' in the notaio's office. (I speak from experience, here!) If it has already been translated that's much better, because all your interpreter will need to do is to make sure the translation is correct and that you have understood it.
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