For $25, you could buy a throw pillow or a big, fancy candle. Or, you could buy one woman's $1.7 million dollar lakefront home. After listing the dream home but not receiving the level of interest she'd hoped for, Alla Wagner decided to take a less conventional, much more sentimental approach to selling her million-dollar Canada home.
Wagner is hosting a contest, called "Write A Letter, Win A House," in which she invites anyone that is interested to write a one-page letter, essay, or story describing why they should win her gorgeous home. "It is, in my opinion, a most incredible way to find a truly exceptional reason to bestow your treasured home (not just for $$$ but for sentimental reasons) upon someone that can skillfully and creatively convey to me and a panel of judges how this spectacular home would change or improve his/her and their family's life," Wagner wrote on the Facebook page for the contest.
The most endearing part of the generous contest is the entry fee-just 25 Canadian dollars (a little under $19 in the U.S.). "This way it will not be difficult for very creative and truly deserving people to come up with the fee," the Facebook post states. Wagner speaks very fondly of the home and notes that the only reason she is selling it is due to personal health issues.
The one-page entry should be a maximum of 350 words, and the most compelling stories will be posted on social media to be voted on by viewers to determine finalists. From there, 500 finalists will be chosen, and their entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will determine the winner.
The total of all the entry fees must reach a minimum of the listing amount of $1,700,000. The contest will last for three months, unless the entry fees are very close to the minimum amount at the end of those three months (in which case the contest will be extended to a maximum of six months).
Wagner notes that the contest will be canceled if there are not enough entries to achieve the minimum amount, if the home is sold, or if the owners die (morbid, but I suppose it's an important point)!
She also kindly asks that those interested in the home do not drive by. "Please respect our small community and do not drive by the area of the home." Here are a few photos to get the creative juices flowing for your letter:
If you win, promise you'll invite me over for dinner? Thanks!
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