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Lucky Family Gets Free Pizza for Life Just for Selling Their Home

Lucky Family Gets Free Pizza for Life Just for Selling Their Home

The owners of an Oregon Italian restaurant were eager to win the bid on a family home, so they sweetened the deal with pizza

Free pizza? That’s a deal you can’t refuse.

The real estate market is tough, so to beat out the competition, sometimes you have to add in a little something extra: extra cheesy, that is. The owners of DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, helped their son Johnny Barrett buy a home near the family business by offering the owners free pizza once a month for life. And it worked.

After deciding to sell their 900-square-foot house, homeowners Rob and Holly Marsh were swamped with offers, many of which went above the $249,000 price point. How were they going to choose? The DeNicola family was very interested in the house, and had already bid $26,000 more than the initial market listing. But they wanted to be sure that the house would be theirs.

"I felt like I was in a poker game," Donna DeNicola, owner of DeNicola's Italian Restaurant in southeast Portland, told KPTV. "I'm willing to do anything because I know this market is crazy."

Initially, Donna DeNicola threw in the “free pizza for life” thing as a joke, but the creative idea worked. A large cheese pizza (which costs $16.99 at DeNicola’s) every month for the next 40 years would cost the Marshes $8,155.20. But for DeNicola, the price is worth it.

I'm going to be buying them a pizza for life, so I will know them very well,” said DeNicola. “I'll watch their kids grow up.”