Woman puts half her house up for sale

Kapiti News - - News - — NZ Her­ald

A Ka¯ piti woman has put half of her house up for sale, af­ter a year of per­sonal tur­moil that has left her need­ing money with­out the has­sle of mov­ing.

Sioux Harlen is hop­ing some­one will pur­chase half of her home for $200,000, and buy out her hus­band’s share in the prop­erty af­ter their 30-year mar­riage broke up this year.

She said she’s al­ready had “a lot” of in­ter­est in the rear sec­tion of her 1975 house in Waikanae af­ter listing the prop­erty on a whim.

“I haven’t had an agent, I’ve just put it out to the uni­verse and see what hap­pens.”

She said the re­sponse from the mar­ket has been “very pos­i­tive” but ad­mit­ted some prospec­tive buy­ers that have got in touch have been “a bit crazy”.

“One guy wanted to buy the whole house for 200K,” Harlen said of one op­por­tunis­tic buyer.

Harlen said she just couldn’t face the process of selling her whole house, and down­siz­ing to a smaller prop­erty, given other stresses in her life.

“I work three days a week. I work in rest home care.

“I have re­ally bad arthri­tis in my feet, and I’m due to have an op­er­a­tion and I’m go­ing to have to take a year off work.

“I have a daugh­ter who un­for­tu­nately is on metham­phetamine and I have lost both my grand­chil­dren, and the thought of hav­ing to move with ev­ery­thing else to deal with re­ally is tough at the mo­ment.”

I don’t re­ally want to go out into the rent­ing mar­ket, it’s too tough, and es­pe­cially in Waikanae the rents are out­ra­geous. Sioux Harlen

Harlen said her hus­band “won’t come to the party” on fix­ing up the prop­erty, and it would be too much ef­fort to get the en­tire prop­erty ready for sale.

“It’s just put in the too hard bas­ket at the mo­ment.

“I can’t af­ford to fin­ish it so I just thought why don’t I give some­one else an op­por­tu­nity as well.

“I don’t re­ally want to go out into the rent­ing mar­ket, it’s too tough, and es­pe­cially in Waikanae the rents are out­ra­geous.

“I’ve got three cats, I don’t want to leave my house.”

Harlen said her ideal co­hab­i­tant would be a cat­lov­ing man.

“I prob­a­bly ide­ally want a male, there’s a man shed out there, and a man garage.

“Some­one that I could fit in with, work­ing and in­de­pen­dent.”

If that right per­son, or in­vestor, can be found, Harlen said a con­tract would be writ­ten up and through a lawyer the $200,000 would be paid to her hus­band.

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