This 6-bedroom manor house in Lancashire was bought for the bargain price of £2. Yes, you read that right - 51-year-old Marie Segar from Warrington is now the proud owner of this gorgeous home for less than you spend on a return bus fare. Just wait until you see inside!
It all sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn't it? You're probably wondering what the catch is. Well, there really isn't one!
Previous owners Dunstan Low and Natasha Dobosz had been struggling to keep up on mortgage payments since Dunstan faced a drop in income shortly after moving into the mansion. With the economy as it is, however, selling the house meant they would have to accept a price below what they wanted. They had tried and failed to sell the house via traditional methods and were faced with the threat of repossession.
The idea of a lifetime
So they came up with an ingenious idea. In order to raise their target of £1m, they decided to sell raffle tickets for the house at £2 each. And it worked! They sold just short of 500,000 tickets which raised £998,518. Dunstan estimates that after expenses, they will be left with around £850,000, allowing them to break even.
And the lucky buyer is...
Marie Segar, meanwhile, had bought 10 tickets for a grand total of £20 on the dream home! Stamp duty and legal fees are covered and the house comes with an impressive selection of furniture included. The kitchen boasts an LG fridge-freezer, a built-in Bosch microwave and oven and a Bosch wine cooler - nothing says fancy like a separate fridge for your wine, right? The house has six bedrooms - two with walk-in wardrobes and one with an ensuite, gardens to the front, side and rear, and a horseshoe driveway with enough parking for six cars. It sounds AMAZING - we're not jealous at all.