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Selling Dreams: The One-Euro Houses Initiative in Italy and the Challenges of Revitalization

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Why isn’t the one euro house sale working in Italy?

In recent years, small town and district heads in Italy have found a solution to the issue of abandoned and neglected houses in areas that have been emptied of residents due to urbanization. They offer houses for sale for one euro to attract buyers from around the world, with the cost of renovation falling on the buyer according to Italian laws.

The US, with a large population of Italian descent and significant tourism to Italy, has seen media saturated with stories of old houses in charming towns being renovated. Buyers seeking a “European life” are drawn to these offers, sometimes opting for slightly more expensive houses in the area rather than ruins for one euro, contributing to the local community.

However, the “houses for one euro” business in Italy faces challenges. A village in Patrica, for example, has struggled to sell houses despite efforts by the mayor. Italian law requires permission from descendants of property owners, but locating them can be difficult, especially if they have emigrated. Family conflicts and generational issues also hinder sales, making the project complex and sometimes impossible.

Despite these challenges, some villages have been able to successfully sell houses through this initiative. In Patrica, two houses were sold for one euro each despite family matters causing many interested parties to back out at the last minute. The process is complex and challenging, requiring patience and perseverance from those involved in revitalizing these abandoned properties.

By Samantha Jones

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