Ron Paul Selling House His Way -- Independently

Texas congressman Ron Paul, a potential presidential candidate, is preparing for a move to a new house. He used Facebook to announce Thursday that his 5,500-square-foot Lake Jackson, Tex., house is up for sale for $325,000.

He has owned the 4-bedroom, 5-bath home for 42 years. With a Zestimate of $217,000, the home has an office with built-in book shelves, there is a formal dining room, a family room, living room and a craft room. See photos of the house. With a two-car garage and swimming pool, the home is about a 50-minute drive to Houston.

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Ron Paul Selling House His Way -- Independently

Property records indicate that the home is 4,934 square feet, a tad bit smaller than Paul claims. The Republican's home is not on the Multiple Listing Service. There is, however, a
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designated website where he announces "Generations of Liberty loving kids have grown up here, and you can continue the tradition."

Tee Maher, who likes Paul's Facebook fan page, suggests the home should be auctioned off instead.

Another fan, Bartholemew Gonzalez, an economics major in the 2011 graduating class at George Mason University, says, "We all know you could get more for that house (based on popularity alone). You have to include yourself in the valuation of the home."

Whereas Eric Rice thinks a nonprofit should buy the house and "turn it into his presidential museum."

But Terry Harris of Stockport, Ohio, who thinks the for sale ad is out of place on Paul's political Facebook page, also thinks Paul should "pay a real estate agent. You can afford [it.]"

Whether or not he will actually sell the home, with or without an agent, one thing is for sure: Paul has gained a few more fans to his Facebook page since making the announcement. When the Houston Chronicle wrote its story on April 14, Paul had 323,351 fans. As of this writing he has 325,633 fans. If everyone chipped in just a dollar, they could own the home as a co-op.

Ron Paul, who ran for U.S. president in 2008 and may do so in 2012, is using Facebook to hawk his house. See more photos of the home. (Photo credit:

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