Morgane Guihot, who hails from near the city of Nantes, France, was among the first buyers to snap up the €1 deals being offered in Mussomeli, a beautiful town deep in the heart of Sicily where narrow, ancient streets cluster around a crumbling hilltop citadel.
The home she and her husband paid pocket change for is intended as a second family home.
Most of the deals do require purchasers to commit to investing in renovations -- something which Guihot, 27, and her husband, 31, have wasted no time in getting underway.
They've nearly completed restyling their 50-square-meter Mussomeli abode, having painted the walls and fixed the floors.
"We just need to finish the bathroom," she says. "As we're both artisans and renovators we did most of the work ourselves, which was minimal, and it was great seeing our two-room house come to life again.
"The 15 square-meter panoramic terrace is fabulous."
They'll be using the Sicilian abode, along with their two young children, as a holiday house during Christmas and summer breaks.
"When we decided to invest in a second home, we were lured by the attractive bargain prices in Mussomeli when compared to France's expensive estate market," Guihot adds.
"But what conquered us the first time we visited was the charm of the place. It's super cute and locals are so welcoming."
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While the couple is used to rural living at home near Nantes, the move to Mussomeli has taken them somewhere far quieter.
"Even if it's not such a big change for us what makes it exciting is the great location," Guihot says.
"The town is close to beautiful Sicilian destinations and not isolated as opposed to other villages. Here you've got everything you need, shops, supermarkets.
"You can lead a cool lifestyle. It's simply great".
There were, apparently, no unpleasant surprises.
"Everyone has been real kind and the girls working at the real estate agency followed us every step of the way, helping us with the paperwork and the translation of the deed.
"It went better than expected. And even our home -- we thought it would be in a worse shape.
"Oh, we'd do it over and over again."
While she and her husband are relatively young, they're already thinking about Mussomeli becoming a retirement haven.
"We're still very young, who knows. For now it will be our holiday house, that will give us plenty of time to properly learn Italian."