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A former opera singer has decided that selling his house the usual way isn't for him. Who can blame him as well? Hosting open inspections, attracting buyers and then the immensely stressful period of an auction can be too much for some people.
That's why Mark Glanville is going to sell raffle tickets for £2 and the winning person will get the keys to his 17th century Italian fortified manor house.
The 58-year-old bought the property with his wife in 2010 and renovated it into a luxury holiday home which can hold nearly 30 guests. The property boasts three apartments, which collectively have seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, three kitchens and three receptions, as well as a ballroom.
Mark has 575,000 tickets up for sale, meaning if he sells all of them, then he's gets a cool £1.15 million ($1.51 million). The west Londoner says: "Our family have been living the Italian dream for over a decade and this is our way of giving as many people as possible the chance to have the amazing experience we have enjoyed.
"We didn't want to hand the property over to just any old millionaire.
"One of the ideas behind selling in this way is that it gives someone that foot on the property ladder or chance to start a business."
Imagine picking up this beauty for less than a Morrisons meal deal!
"It's the opportunity to give someone this amazing house in the sun in Italy so they can do what they want with it," adds Mark.
Surprisingly, the dad of three put it on the market earlier this year and couldn't find a buyer. There were a few viewings, but it seemed no one wanted to take on the task of looking after the property. While some people might be sceptical about paying just £2 for an absolutely stunning Italian mansion, they can rest assured that even the legal fees have been waived.
After failing to find a buyer, Mark let his son Josh organise the competition. The 21-year-old says: "We wanted to make sure all the local legal fees and taxes will be covered, so the winner just needs to do the flying to get there.
"It's an amazing house that would be a perfect holiday home for a family."
The competition will run until the end of April, so you have plenty of time to rustle up enough cash to pay for a ticket. You can grab yours here.
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