Deadline Extended To Submit Entry For A $50 House

In this tough economy, how does a 50 dollar home sound? One woman decided to extend her offer to give away her Beaufort County home for just 50 bucks.

Mary Jordan and her husband started an offer to help a family get into a home for 50 bucks with an essay explaining why they deserve the home.

The original deadline was on April 15th, but Jordan has decided to extend the offer to the end of April.

Jordan says they need 2,700 entries to cover the cost of their home and so far have only received 31.

She is hoping that more people will enter and says the letters that she has received already are heartbreaking.

Jordan say if they don't get enough entries, they will refund all the money.


The deadline for a chance to own a home for $50 dollars has been extended.

The original date entries had to be in was this Sunday, but the sellers Leslie and Mary Jordan say they haven't received enough essays from people writing why they need the home.

The Jordans are from Beaufort County and wanted to sell the $140,000 home to help someone who needs a place to live.

50 dollars is the cost of the entry fee and the Jordans say they want 2,700 entries before they make a decision.

You can call (252) 945-4231 for more information.


Original Story:

How does a house for 50 dollars sound?

You can get the home of Leslie and Mary Jordan in Beaufort County. They are holding a contest to award their three bedroom, two bath double wide to someone.

It only costs $50 bucks to enter and all you have to do is write an essay why you deserve to win. i

It's a way for the Jordans to get a decent price for their home on Lovick Lane just outside of Washington and for someone else to get a home for next to nothing.

Mary Jordan the owner of the home says "because of how the economy is people can not afford to get loans for houses and this way especially a young family or a needy family has a chance to get a house. I had people ask me why not do a raffle and I do not want to do that because people with more money will buy more raffles and they will get a bigger chance and that is not what it is about"

The home sits on almost one and a half acres and includes a shop with gameroom. The Jordans need at least 2, 700 entries to get what they want for their home.

You can call (252) 945-4231 for more information.


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  • by Jo Location: Washington on May 31, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    I see the lack of patience has killed the chances to get the house. Rest assured the money has been returned. I got mine on Friday May 29, 2009. All those looking for theirs...it should be in the mail. Plus if the Jordans continue to run it...these people who are getting their precious money back will be included if the contest continues without having to pay the money again. Thereby possibly winning it without giving a cent. Also they plan on having the cookout soon. I think everyone who was negative to Mary and Leslie should apologize! They are still thinking of each and every one of you! God bless them!
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on May 29, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    I have not been able to get an answer either. My friend signed up for this and has not gotten her money back either.
  • by Jillian Location: Jacksonville on May 11, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    Can anyone tell me what's going on. Have they picked a winner or what? I tried calling the number and left a message but no one has returned my call.
  • by Concerned about my $50 Location: Washington on Apr 24, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    I'm upset that it's getting extended again! Just return these poor peoples money and be done with it! You know that in this economy you're not getting 2700 entries! You should of known that from the beginning! A give away is just that, if you're getting $135,000 for it it's not a give away is it??? I had faith in the beginning now it's just gone too far! People this day need their $50! You holding it is not right! Either give the house away or return the money! A CHARITABLE thing would be to give it away not get $135,000 and then pick a name from a hat! How is that not a raffle? This has gone on too long and it's sad for all the people who had hopes and dreams of getting a new house!!!!!! Now they are getting nothing and still are out of $50! This was misleading from the beginning and it's very sad!!!!! I pray that God forgives you for this! This is not a "WORTHY" thing!! I just pray that my $50 is returned to me!!!
  • by sammy on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    This is nothing but a scam. If not, then why would she extend the deadline.If this was an act of kindness, then she would have stuck to the original date.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    Why do you all have to be NEGATIVE about EVERYTHING on this site? Give it a break, someone is just trying to do a worthy "favor".. stop criticizing every little thing!
  • by Jo Location: washington on Apr 17, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    Perhaps maybe if bloggers would quit giving negative feedback and try to be positive about this house more people would try for it. They are trying to do a very charitable thing...encourage it...get ones you know to try for the house...pay the fees your self and a note why a friend may be in need of it. I feel that the Jordans keep extending the deadline to try and accomplish the act that they feel God has laid on their heart to help a needy person. We should help them.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Apr 17, 2009 at 02:21 AM
    Looked like a nice little scam at the start. Still does. Good luck getting your money back.
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:03 PM
    I checked with "therichcompany.com" for MLS: 21785, and got this: The Listing Number You Entered Was Not Found. Please Try Again. Is it still listed? Also, to Anonymous who posted 4/16 at 9:09 pm, I'm not sure that just living in a double wide makes it any less valuable. Some people upgrade while they live in a home, so it may be worth more. I had a family member recently buy a double wide for $90K and they have already spent another $20K adding brick underpinning, front porches, and landscaping. So, depending on the money spent in remodeling or upgrades, the home could be worth a lot more than the original purchase price. However, double wides are not cheap these days. Factor in 1.5 acres and a shop... it's worth the asking price!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    no double wide tailer is worth 140,000 once it is lived in they must of bought a bad deal and trying to get from underneath it but 50 dollars aint bad for a double wide
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