By Lauren Fruen
A TINY town in America with a population of just 114 is offering a scheme which effectively pays people to move there.
Marne in Iowa will give you a lot of land for free – as long as you build a house on the spot.
Homes must be a minimum of 1200 square feet, and the average lot size is approximately 80 feet by 120 feet.
The town is just 45 minutes east of Omaha and an hour west of Des Moines.
And with around 50 families living there you will get to know the neighbours very quickly.
Marne resident Chris Baxter Dameron said: “The program has requirements but they aren’t too extensive.
“You do get the land for free, you just have to build a house that meets the city councils requirements.
“The main requirements is that the home built on the free land is not a mobile home.
“It has to be like 1200 or 1400 square feet and have a basement.
“People aren’t allowed to have large farm animals in town but small ones are ok, like ducks and chickens.”
Mayor of the town Randy Baxter said: “This is a very picturesque town with rolling hills. For such a small population we have a lot going on.
“We also have a good schooling system, high speed internet and we are well connected to other towns.
“We have a young family of five who took advantage of the scheme living here now.
“And that’s what it is all about – getting people to move here and boasting the population.”
To qualify for the scheme people need to be a resident of the US and house construction must be completed within 18 months.