‘Like’ house and £20 could buy it

Alan Howarth, 64, says he needs to move on with his life ' and the unsold house (below) is standing in his way.

Alan Howarth, 64, says he needs to move on with his life ' and the unsold house (below) is standing in his way.

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What could you buy for £20? A few drinks at the pub, a family takeaway even...

But for one lucky person, it could buy them a brand new home.

Alan Howarth's house on Holmfield Road.

Alan Howarth's house on Holmfield Road.

For Alan Howarth, 64, of Holmfield Road, North Shore, is embarking on an innovative way to sell his £130,000 home which, for one buyer, could end up being the best money they have ever spent.

Using Facebook, Alan says that if enough people ‘like’ his website page, WinThisHouseCompetition, they can enter a competition to be put into a draw to win his home – a three-bedroom semi-detached house.

He added: “It’s been about two years since I split with my wife and I now feel ready to move on with my life.

“I want to explore new opportunities, have new experiences and enjoy myself.

“The property market is slow and although the house would make an immaculate home for somebody, it’s currently like a millstone around my neck.”

Alan will offer Facebook users the chance to ‘win’ the house, providing one lucky winner the chance to get a foot on the property ladder.

The competition is launched as Blackpool is named one of the top hotspots in the UK for people looking to buy property to rent out.

A survey by HSBC shows it is currently second only to Southampton for people snapping up rental property.

In Blackpool with the average property price being £75,943 and the average monthly rent being £494 it meant a 7.81 per cent yield compared to 7.82 per cent in Southampton.

Competition details:

All entrants need to do is ‘like’ Alan’s Facebook page facebook.com/WinthisHouseCompetition and once he has built up a large enough following to make the competition viable, he will reveal details of how to enter.

The competition will be based on a test of skill and knowledge designed around football and will cost £20 to have a go at winning the home.

No money will be exchanged until there are enough entries to guarantee the competition will go ahead and the terms and conditions and overall competition will be safe-guarded legally for entrants to see.

Alan added: “It’s a skill and judgement game based around football.

“Only like the page if you are serious.”

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