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Indonesian Woman Puts House on the Market, Offers to Marry the Buyer

Indonesian homeowner Wina Lia has come up with an innovative strategy to find matrimonial bliss – she’s put up her house for sale and has offered to marry the buyer! 40-year-old Lia owns a two-bedroom home in Sleman, a sleepy little district near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta. The lovely house comes with a small fish pond, a spacious backyard, and of course, the chance to gain Lia’s hand in marriage.

The online ad featuring Lia’s home listed the asking price at $76,500 but also mentioned a unique bonus: “Buyers who don’t negotiate the price can ask the owner to marry (terms and conditions apply).” The ad promptly went viral, with local news agencies tracking Lia down to check if the claim was genuine. Turns out that it was.

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Lia, who is a widow and a single mother, told the local media that her realtor came up with the idea after she had expressed a desire to find a partner again. She revealed that she has had trouble finding a suitable man after her husband passed away in 2000. She has gone on a few dates since then, but never managed to find another Mr. Right.

So when realtor Dian Purna Dirangtara suggested she include the marriage offer in her ad, she thought it was a great idea. “Dian suggested I put up the tagline ‘Buy the house and marry the owner at the same time,’” she said. “And I said O.K. to it. I’m looking for a husband anyway.”

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But Lia insists that her main priority is to sell the house. “My goal is that this house be sold. But if I meet another partner, it is important that he be single, whether a bachelor or a widower, responsible and mature,” she explained. She also added that her potential partner would have to be a good father to her children, and a religious man who wouldn’t object to her wearing a headscarf.

“Every night I pray and ask God to give me a good husband, and that the house be sold. I cannot bear this burden alone,” she added.

 

Believe it or not, her quirky proposal proved to be a big success. Not only is it gaining international attention, but she’s also getting a lot of phone calls from property buyers and would-be suitors. “Since yesterday morning there are continuous calls,” Dian said. “I don’t count how many, there must be dozens or even hundreds.” However, she reiterated that marriage is only an option available to the buyer. “If someone wants the house, they can have that.”

via Coconuts Jakarta

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