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Jakarta Post

This odd world: Buy a house and marry the owner

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2015   /  06:13 am

Forty year-old Wina Lia, a beauty salon entrepreneur, has become an instant online sensation after she advertised her house on the Internet and offered an unusual bonus: She would marry the buyer.

'€œThe bid of the century!'€ the advertisement proclaims. '€œBuy a house and marry the owner [terms and conditions apply]. For serious prospective buyers only. No negotiations.'€

Many initially doubted the ad but reported it had personally met Wina at her house, located in Kalasan, Sleman, for confirmation.

Wina, a widow since 2001 who is raising children, said she meant business because she badly needed the money to survive.

One non-negotiable condition is that the buyer must be a devout Muslim who can be an imam for her family and can teach her how to properly wear a hijab.

She said that a friend, Dian, a property broker, had given her the idea.

'€œShe saw me and took pictures of the house the other day. She offered me the wording for the ad she would place online, '€˜Buy a house and marry the owner'€™. I like it because I'€™m really looking for a husband,'€ she said.

Wina was surprised by the overwhelming response to the ad, as she had expected that Dian would advertise her home to a limited audience via Facebook or BlackBerry Messenger instead of on a property business website.

Wina has placed a Rp 999 million (US$ 76,846) price on her 523 square-meter home. She refused to say if a serious bidder had emerged. While many have reacted to the development with facetious comments, others have cautioned against the woman'€™s true motive.

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