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Photos inside Italy’s $1 homes show they need a lot of work




Over the past few months, you may have become aware of a certain phenomenon.

A plethora of Italian towns have adopted a scheme of selling abandoned homes off for 1 euro ($1).

Urbanization has led to the dwindling populations of provincial settlements as cities and their suburbs thrive and become overpopulated. As a result, some of Italy’s most beautiful, historic small towns are dying out.

The $1 housing schemes are designed to combat that, and what success there has been so far has led to a proliferation of similar strategies being deployed across the country.

Read more: A picturesque Sicilian town succeeded in selling off its abandoned homes after auctions started at just $1

The schemes have received plenty of media coverage, and many of the towns have become inundated with offers from foreigners on their insanely cheap properties.

However, a home for $1 was always going to be too good to be true, and most of these properties are often in a dilapidated condition, requiring thousands of dollars in restoration and renovation to make them habitable again — let alone nice.

I recently traveled all the way to Sicily to visit three of the towns that have adopted the $1 home schemes — Sambuca, Mussomeli, and Cammarata — to see what foreign buyers are really getting themselves into.

Here’s what they look like inside, and finally, once they’re renovated.

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