More and more Italian villages are presenting interesting projects in hopes of tempting people to live in them again. Now, the village of Salemi in Sicily has joined these places, where you can buy houses for $1.
Salemi is one of the most beautiful Italian villages, as it belongs to the national association representing these charming places. Now it has joined a program to boost its dwindling population by offering houses for just $1.
The houses will be auctioned for $1 (1 euro technically) and will be sold to the highest bidder. The future owners will have to present a renovation plan for the property and pay a deposit of $3500. People who use the building for business to revive the local economy will be eligible for tax breaks.
Worried about the Italian bureaucracy? The mayor of the city will ensure that the houses for sale belong to the city council, which will speed up sales and reduce bureaucracy.
Most of the properties up for auction are located in the historic center of the town. Although it is small, it hosts numerous cultural events, such as the jazz festival dedicated to musician Tony Scott, the Oktoberfest and numerous food festivals throughout the year.
Anyone can bid, not just Italian residents. Soon, photos of houses for sale will be available on the auction site. Check back regularly, if you are hoping to make one your dream home!