Kicker: Free church house comes with a catch

NICK EICHER, HOST: Hey, here’s a possible solution to the housing supply problem I just told you about: an offer for free house.

It’s in New Jersey, but that’s no big deal. It’s a handsome 3,300 square foot Victorian. It was built in 1910. Six bedrooms. Two-and-a-half baths.

Tom Lipinter heads up a construction company building an addition to the church that owns the house. He told WPIX tv:

LIPINTER: You don’t see ’em built like this anymore, for sure.

No, you don’t. This is quite the catch. But there is a catch. The house doesn’t come with the land it’s on. So any taker is going to have to move it. Like, literally move the house. And that’s not going to cost nothing.

LIPINTER: I would say 100 plus, depending on how far you go.

When we’re talking numbers in real-estate, we talk thousands. So 100-plus means $100,000 plus. Lipinter told News 12 New Jersey it’s doable, though.

LIPINTER: You put steel beams under the house. They have a system of hydraulics that will lift the house all in one shot.

If no one claims the home, you know what’s going to happen, right. They’ll demolish it to make room for—what else? A parking lot!

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