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Now you can move into an Italian house for just $12,000

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Finding a dream house in Italy just got easier. Two towns ,Carrega Ligure in northern Italy and Latronico in the deep south, have created online platforms where buyers can view photos, maps and details of old abandoned buildings on sale and get directly in touch with the owner.

Carrega Ligure in northern Italy and Latronico in the deep south have created online platforms where buyers can view photos, maps and details of old abandoned buildings on sale and get directly in touch with the owner.

Local councilor and former mayor Marco Guerrini says advertising private home sales on one website run by the town hall ensures the properties will reach a wider pool of buyers.

"All you'll find here is a great place to detox and unplug, no pollution and spectacular scenery", says Guerrini, who launched the online housing initiative to help his townsfolk.

A few years ago Carrega had unsuccessfully attempted to sell dilapidated houses for one euro but had to give up when old owners proved too hard to track down.

The houses on sale aren't crumbling, many are in good shape and owners are usually people who still live nearby but no longer use their family home. "

Another multi-story old shepherd dwelling of 100 square-meter costs €10,000 but requires some work, which according to Guerrini would be in the range of €20,000.

"This house, with thick stone walls, a huge cellar which used to be the stable, built-in closets and stoves, and wooden ceilings, is over 100 years old," says owner Pino Ballestrasse.

Guerrini and the owners stress that prices are negotiable, particularly if interested buyers drive up to the mountain village to take a look.

Old people who are attached to their properties and hometown prefer to be backed by local authorities in the sale procedures. "

Those who prefer southern Italy can opt for Latronico, a picturesque hilltop town where local authorities have launched the online platform "Your House in Latronico" to help old owners meet buyers.

"When the old people die the descendants of emigres don't even return during summer, their family home lies abandoned, shut and decaying," Castellano adds.

One citizen agreed to sell his old house for one euro and it was immediately snatched up, Castellano says.

The village is divided in two parts: the old "upper" district Capadavutu where most houses on sale are located and the lower newer Capabbasciu area.

A cozy two-story ready-to-occupy dwelling with panoramic views, wooden staircase, majolica tile floor and freshly painted walls sells for €12,000.

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