Californian Woman Travels To Italy To Buy Three €1 Houses

Californian Woman Travels To Italy To Buy Three €1 Houses

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You must have stumbled upon news reports of homes being sold for just $1.20 in Italy. Have you tried figuring out if it’s true or false? According to Rubia Daniels of California, the deal is downright real. Rubia is among the first people to purchase a home in Mussomeli Sicily in spring 2019.

In 2019, Rubia Daniels from California bought three homes in Mussomeli Sicily at €1 each.

Rubia Daniels

The Italian homes are real!

Rubia Daniels

The sale went smoothly that she ended up buying three: One for her and the other for her children. Rubia returned with her husband and brother-in-law to Mussomeli to begin renovations. On her third trip in December 2020, she brought along a group of family and friends, some of whom equally bought houses for themselves.  

Rubia plans to retire in the town, which sits two hours Southeast of Palermo. 

Rubia Daniels

The solar consultant returned with her husband and brother-in-law to Mussomeli to begin renovations.

Rubia Daniels

Fast forward to the present, Rubia remains delighted with the deal, but she’s warning people that are going in blind that they should “have a level of reality” about the inexpensive homes. She said: “If you sell me a house for €1, I know I’m going to have to fix it. They’re revitalizing the town, and that’s why the house is coming to you for €1. Then, you have to do the work.”

Rubia remains delighted, but she warns people to “have a level of reality” about inexpensive homes.

Rubia Daniels

“If you sell me a house for €1, I know I’m going to have to fix it.”

Rubia Daniels

Before the purchase, Rubia, a solar consultant, had spent days touring houses, deciding and verifying documents. In particular, anyone who buys a home in Mussomeli must renovate it within three years or face losing their deposit, which is reportedly equivalent to $6032. Since houses size ranges from 11 to 190 square meters, CNBC reported that the total cost of renovations could cost over $160K or less.

Anyone who buys a home in Mussomeli must renovate it within three years or face losing their deposit.

Rubia Daniels

Total cost of renovations could cost over $160K or less.

Rubia Daniels

She added: “Once you get there, there are so many opportunities that if you’re only there a week, you’ll run out of time, come home and be frustrated.” According to Daily Mail, Rubia gave herself plenty of time and eventually bought three homes instead of one, including one for each of her sons, Ygor, 22, and Yuri, 24. She has equally assisted her daughter Selena, 24, buy her own house, for which she’s now completing the paperwork. 

Rubia bought three homes: one for herself and others for her sons, Ygor, 22, and Yuri, 24.

Rubia Daniels

She has assisted her daughter Selena, 24, buy her own house, for which she’s now completing the paperwork.

Rubia Daniels

Nonetheless, as travel restrictions loosen, Rubia hopes to take another group of people to purchase houses this June. Going by Rubia’s advice, it’s best to read up on the place you are buying as other towns, including Castropignano and Bivona, are also advertising €1. These new places will have different structures for payments and rules governing when renovations must be done and by whom. 

As travel restrictions loosen, Rubia hopes to take another group of people to purchase houses this June.

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