How One Woman Won the Home She Wanted: Pizza

Portlander's offer of pizza for life could easily reach $10K in pies
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2015 8:25 AM CDT
How One Woman Won the Home She Wanted: Pizza
The key to your dream house?   (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

In an effort to stand out as a buyer in the competitive housing market in Portland, Ore., one woman who was helping her young son land his first home offered the sellers not only two free months of rent and $26,000 over the asking price of $249,000, but a pizza a month for life. Sure enough, her offer, one of four on a 900-square-foot house that had only been on the market for three days, won out. When Donna DeNicola sarcastically offered to throw in free pizza for life, she didn't realize her joke was actually entered into the official offer. "I felt like I was in a poker game," DeNicola, owner of DeNicola's Italian Restaurant in Portland, tells Fox 12.

Though it was the free rent that swayed the owners (who now need to find a home themselves), the pizza didn't hurt, and 23-year-old Johnny Barrett got a house DeNicola describes as having a "beautiful feeling." "I thought it was hilarious," owner Holly Marsh, who plans to find a place outside the city limits with her husband and two young children, tells ABC News. "I'm a fan of unorthodox approaches to things, and that definitely stood out and got our attention." Since an average pie at DeNicola's, which was established in 1978, costs around $20, one pie a month for the next 40 years will total nearly $10,000—or more. DeNicola tells KOIN 6 the family can top the pie with "whatever they want, it doesn't even matter." (On the flip side, check out what some sellers have been willing to add into the mix.)

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