House Could Be Dead Giveaway
69-year-old seller will make home's buyer beneficiary of $500K insurance policy
By Becky Dalzell,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2008 11:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If Bob Fanning dies in the next decade, the buyer of his Wisconsin home—listed at $498,900—will get a half-million dollar payday. That’s because the 69-year-old plans to make the new owner the beneficiary of a 10-year life-insurance policy, a carrot he hopes will sweeten the deal in a tough real-estate market, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The "outside-the-box thinker," whose parents and sister died before age 79, thinks it’s "a hell of an incentive," and is willing to share his medical records with the buyer. Fanning isn't worried about foul play, which lawyers say would void the deal. As for his wife? "I'm always in awe of how he comes up with a different way of doing things," she said.