If you have heard about Donald Trump’s childhood home being up for sale and you were anxious to bid first on the house that our new President once lived in as a child, you will unfortunately have to wait.
The sellers ended up postponing the auction just a few hours before its scheduled start time, and a brand new auction date has not been set at this time.
The current owners, who are in the restaurant business, are selling their home because they are planning to get divorced.
The company who is running the auction, Paramount Realty USA, said that the sellers wanted to provide all possible bidders “more time to evaluate the property.”
The auction was originally scheduled to be held in October, but has since been postponed. Trump’s campaign denied reports at the time that the increasing turmoil surrounding his election bid was turning people off on his brand.
Auctions are not the typical way to sell a private home as anyone who has dealt with real estate knows. Misha Haghani, the owner at Paramount Realty USA told CNNMoney that auctions are a “great way to sell…things that have unique or sentimental value. A value beyond the physical.”
The brick and stucco Tudor house is located in Queens in New York City. IT was set to have a suggested opening bid of $849,000—which could be considered a bargain. It was listed earlier this summer for as much as $1.65 million.
The home is located in Jamaica Estates, which is a wealthy neighborhood in the New York City borough. A similar sized home that sits around the corner is currently on the market for $3.5 million.
The future president lived in the home during the earliest years of his childhood. The home has been renovated over the years and features five bedrooms and hardwood floors.
“That is where I was born,” Trump told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” recently. Fallon showed Trump a photo of the home. “I had a really good childhood; oh, that’s sad to look at that. I want to buy it.”
And who knows, he may end up doing just that. THe 2,500 square-foot home was originally built in 1940 and is in need of some updates. It has five bedrooms, four baths, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and a finished basement.
To participate in this auction, potential buyers need to purchase the property’s due diligence information, which includes the home’s survey, title report, and a copy of Trump’s birth certificate that lists the home’s address. Bidders also need to bring along a $90,000 bank or certified check in order to participate.
Trump’s Ancestral Home in Germany Also On the Market
The home located in Queens is not the only property on the market that is linked to Donald Trump. His ancestral home that is located in Kallstadt, Germany is also for sale.
The house once belonged to Trump’s grandfather and it is situated in a sleepy German wine village. But the present owners aren’t looking to cash in on the Trump name. They are just tired of all the media attention that they have been getting lately.
Friedrich Trump, the grandfather of Donald, left his home in Kallstadt seeking a better life in the United States in 1885.
A sign on the white dwelling’s blue door reads: “We’re offering this object of historical interest to the Kallstadt municipality for a fair price. So we can live in our house without press and media hype!!!!”
According to the local media reports, journalists have even flown drones over the property, which is located on a quiet side street.
The residents of Trump’s ancestral hometown have felt overwhelmed by the hoards of journalists from near and far, looking for reactions to his stunning victory.
“The first reporters were knocking on doors and windows at 6 a.m. on Thursday,” an elderly woman, who only agreed to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity, told NBC News. “It is just too much.”
Asked whether the village is looking forward to a potential visit by the future President Trump, many residents were quick to say, “Nein, danke,” or “No, thank you.”
“Kallstadt will become a bit more known across Germany, but we will continue to mind our own business,” local resident Walter Burre said in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF.
Kallstadt is nestled between colorful vineyards about a one-hour drive from Frankfurt.
But locals say that rather than promoting their connection to the Trump family, they will continue to focus on advertising the culinary attractions of the region, including their wine and a famous sausage product called “pig stomach.”