‘Buy This House, Marry Owner as Bonus’ – Online Ad Goes Viral, Triggers Row in Indonesia

It is not new if the ad says “Buy One, Get 1 Free” but here is an ad that says buy a home and get its owner as wife free.

A woman stirred controversy in Indonesia when an advertisement on her behalf appeared in the media with a unique caption that the buyer can marry the owner of the house too free of cost.

The advertisement posted on the Internet by an agent said a woman selling her house will also marry the buyer for free as a bonus feature. The ad also specified that the house put on sale has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a parking lot and a fish pond.

The advertisement read: “when you buy this house, you can ask the owner to marry you”, and a picture of Wina Lia, a 40-year-old widow, mother two kids and a beauty parlour owner. She was leaning against a car in front of the house.

Soon the advertisement has gone viral in Indonesia that the lady in question was shocked to see her photo with the caption. Soon, journalists began swamping on her residence seeking interviews, while the police descended on her house with numerous queries at the so-called improper ad in a Muslim-dominated nation.

However, her condition is that the buyer must be a devout Muslim who can be an imam for her family and can teach her how to properly wear a hijab. She said her friend, Dian, a property broker, had given her the idea.

“She saw me and took pictures of the house the other day. She offered me the wording for the ad she would place online, ‘Buy a house and marry the owner’. I like it because I’m really looking for a husband,” she told Jakarta Post.

Lia was at pains to explain that she did not meant the advertisement for open but for few people and it was supposed to be a low-key affair in a traditional way as a word of mouth and not as an online advertisement.

“I told her that if there is a buyer who is a single man or a widower who wants to buy a house, and at the same time look for a wife, he can let me know as I’m also a widow,” she explained.

However, the agent friend has taken a step ahead and made ad go viral, stirring a huge controversy in a conservative society.


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