Welcome to Presicce.
Forget dreaming about moving to Europe — this Italian town will pay you to do it.
The town of Presicce, located in the Puglia region, is the latest Italian destination to entice new residents with a few financial incentives. According to CNN, officials announced they are willing to pay people up to €30,000 (or just about $30,000) if they will commit to buying an empty house and live there permanently.
The outlet added that the homes for sale were all built before 1991 and begin at 25,000 euros, meaning you could walk away with a rather cheap new abode, all thanks to the community's new program dubbed "Welcome to Presicce-Acquarica."
However, just be prepared for a little bit of work as these homes have been abandoned for some time, but really, the fun is in the renovation project.
"There are many empty homes in the historical center built before 1991, which we would like to see alive again with new residents," local councilor Alfredo Palese shared with CNN. "It is a pity witnessing how our old districts full of history, wonderful architecture, and art are slowly emptying."
Moving to this town really isn't a sacrifice considering just how beautiful it really is.
As Forbes noted, the area is a European dream, with a main square home to a gleaming white church, intricate sculptural decoration, and streets paved with equally bright white marble. It's truly a place that shouldn't be having to offer homes up for essentially free, but as other publications noted, it's a destination that has suffered a mass exodus of younger people due to a lack of opportunity. However, the town is attempting to combat this too, by offering incentives for businesses to either move here or start here and employ more locals.
The program, Forbes added, will cover 50% of the costs of purchasing a home) including renovations) up to the €30,000 maximum. There is plenty of choice regarding homes, as about 30% of the town's housing is eligible for sale.
According to Time Out, the current town population sits at about 10,500 residents, but the growth strategy doesn't stop at selling its older homes. The town is also paying parents €1,000 for every newborn baby registered in the town, so if you do move, be ready for a baby boom.
See more about the homes and throw your hat in the ring to purchase one on the town's website here.
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