New York, United States:
Donald Trump’s childhood home in New York – already sold twice since 2016 – is back on the market.
But this time, the real estate agency is appealing directly to the president’s fans to buy the house for the unprecedented price of $ 3 million and give it to Trump as a gift.
Paramount Realty launched a fundraiser on crowdfunding site GoFundMe on Tuesday, calling on Trump fans to contribute to the goal of reaching $ 3 million.
If the money is raised, the house will be handed over to the outgoing president.
The agency had recently attempted to sell the house, located in the affluent Jamaica Estates neighborhood of New York’s Queens neighborhood, for $ 3 million in regular auctions, but to no avail.
But then they came up with the crowdfunding strategy, which has “never been done before,” Paramount real estate agent Misha Haghani told AFP.
“A million people who love Trump are more likely to give three dollars each, rather than a wealthy buyer to give three million,” he said.
Based on his real estate criteria, the fake five-bedroom, four-bathroom Tudor house – where Trump lived until he was four, when he moved into a more affluent house nearby – is worth just over a million dollars.
But its “intangible value” makes it “unique,” Haghani said.
The house was sold for $ 2.14 million in March 2017, shortly after Trump took office. And now that the former real estate mogul is set to leave the White House in January, buying the house is “almost like a thank you or a leaving gift for those who love it,” Haghani explained.
The aim is to capitalize on the fervor aroused by the “polarizing” leader, he said.
Trump, who changed his state of residence to Florida from New York in October 2019, was not consulted about the house project, Haghani added.
Even if he doesn’t want the house anymore – although he said he would like to buy it when it goes on sale in 2016 – his fans would not have invested for nothing: The GoFundMe page says the house would then go to a charity chosen by Trump.
And if he doesn’t pick a charity, “we’ll make a selection for him,” Haghani said.
Will Trump fans take the bait? Right after GoFundMe went live on Tuesday, the fundraiser received a one-time donation of $ 45.
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