Real estate agency asks Donald Trump fans to buy him a childhood home
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 fans of the president 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 towards the goal of reaching $3 million.
If the money is raised, the house will be given to the incumbent president.
The agency had recently attempted to sell the home, located in the upscale Jamaica Estates neighborhood of New York’s Queens borough, for $3 million at conventional auctions, but was unsuccessful.
But then they came up with the crowdfunding strategy, which “has never been done before,” Paramount real estate agent Misha Haghani told AFP.
“It’s more likely that a million people who love Trump would give three dollars each, than a wealthy buyer would give three million,” he said.
Based on his real estate criteria, the fake five-bedroom, four-bathroom Tudor home — where Trump lived until he was four, when he moved to a more affluent home nearby — is worth just over a million dollars.
But its “intangible value” makes it “unique”, Haghani said.
The home sold for $2.14 million in March 2017, shortly after Trump took office. And now that the former real estate mogul is set to step down from the White House in January, buying the house is “almost like a thank you or parting gift for those who love him,” Haghani explained.
The aim is to capitalize on the fervor generated by the “polarizing” leader, he said.
Trump, who changed his state of residence to Florida from New York in October 2019, was not consulted on the home project, Haghani added.
Even though he no longer wants the house – although he said he would like to buy it when it went on sale in 2016 – his fans wouldn’t have invested for nothing: the GoFundMe page says the house would then go to a charity chosen by Trump.
And if he doesn’t choose a charity, “we’ll make a selection for him,” Haghani said.
Will Trump fans take the bait? Just after GoFundMe went live on Tuesday, the fundraiser had received a single $45 donation.
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