Italian city is selling houses for the same price as a McDonald’s burger

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It's not always easy trying to get on the property ladder.

And the coronavirus pandemic has caused a spike in house prices in parts of the UK.

But if you move to Italy, you can buy a home for the price of a McDonald's burger.

Over the past few years, several Italian towns have been flogging abandoned homes for just €1.

In the city of Salemi in Sicily, there are more than 30 properties in need of a renovation.

A number of town's buildings have been left empty for decades after an earthquake in 1968 left a trial of structural damage.

A lot of work has since been done to the local infrastructure to show people it's a good area to invest in.

The town's mayor Domenico Venuti told told CNN : "All buildings belong to the city council, which speeds up the sale and reduces red tape.

"Before launching the scheme we first had to recover the old parts of Salemi where the houses are located, upgrading infrastructures and services from roads to electric grids and sewage pipes.

"Now the town is ready for the next step."

Although Sicily is one of the poorest areas of the country, it is also a popular holiday hotspot.

There are a number of restaurants and cafes catering to all budgets in the area.

In June, Cinquefrondi, located in the southern region of Calabria, was selling houses that needed renovating for €1.

But the owners also had to spend a further €250 (£224) on insurance policy annually until the property had been renovated.

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