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               **** Rules Modified Friday 5:47pm ****


Folks it is Friday and it is contest time! 

This should be fun!  One Contest with four choices to choose from!

We have four potential buyers listed below who want to purchase a home in your city.  Of the following buyer choices, you only need to pick one of the buyers listed below. 

Write your post as if you were writing to the buyer to introduce the area to the buyer and give a brief description of three homes that you think that they would like to see. 

Include the following for the buyer that you choose:  

  • The Requirements for the Buyer you want to write about (You can cut and paste from here)
  • A brief overview of your community (amenities, schools, restaurants, things to do) -- perhaps link to posts you have already written, A link to the City or Town that you are talking about, or links to resources to help the buyer make informed decisions
  • A selection of 3 homes for the potential buyer with descriptions and why you feel each would be worth the buyer looking at (they do not have to be your listings, but respect advertising rules for your area)
  • Any advice you would give the Buyer you chose and if you suggest the use of a professional (Mortgage, Title, Insurance, Inspector, Attorney) you must name 3 options, not just one.
  • Your post should be Professional Category, Visability Public
  • Must include the TAG: Buyer Challenge (how the judges will find your entry)
  • the Title Should be:  Why You Should Purchase Your Next Home in (Your City)  
  • Please place them in the group  <The Active Rain Buyer Challenge Group>
  • Don't forget to make your post visually appealing !!! You know the things that drive us crazy and that you should NOT do:  Wall of Words, poor grammar, spelling errors and visually not pretty...  Don't forget to make your post pretty!!!!

What to do you get for entering? 

Points -- the amount of points depend on the number of people who enter.  The more people that enter the more points we will give each participant!  Bonus point for just taking the challenge!  Get your friends involved!  Come on and take on the challenge!

There will be three winners and each winner will get Featured on ActiveRain and 1,000 bonus points.




                                                       Deadline:  Entries must be completed by Wednesday, September 12, 2007  12 Noon EST

                                                                          Winners will be announced Friday, September 14, 2007


Judges for this contest are:   Brad Andersohn, Ann Cummings and The Lovely Wife.   Now here are your potential buyers for this challenge:

Choice 1 : Paris Hilton  

Requirements for this starlet: 

  • looking to purchase a single family home (will consider a posh penthouse)
  • 4 Bedroom/2 baths at least
  • 4,000 sf or greater
  • Gated Community or enough land to create a zone of privacy
  • needs decent access to airport as she travels a lot
  • Must have a pool
  • Cash buyer, no limits! 

Choice 2 - Tom and Michelle Snyder  

Requirements for this young couple with 2 young children:  

  • Single Family Home 4/2 bath
  • 1,200-2,400 sf home
  • 2 car garage
  • Would like to be close enough to an elementary school that the children could walk to school
  • They are relocating to your city and their company has agreed purchased their existing home already, which will result in $90,000 for a down payment
  • They want to spend about $400,000 on a home

Choice 3 - Angie and Joe Thompson  

Requirements for this couple are a follows:  

  • Looking for a vacation home to retire to in 5-7 years, would like to be able to rent it out when they are not there
  • They have a home in NJ, worth $500,000 and have $325,000 left to pay on the mortgage
  • They have two daughters, a freshman and junior in High School
  • They love the water, and would like to be near water, a lake, river, ocean
  • Joe loves to Golf and Angie plays tennis
  • Will need a management company and additional guidance
  • They have $75,000 to put down, have not been approved yet
  • They want to purchase a home with a pool, but open to a condo

Choice 4 - David Anderson  

Requirements for this man:  

  • He was honorably discharged from the Army last year
  • He has $10,000 in savings and has a salary of $35,0000 and no debts
  • He would like to purchase a condo
  • What are the options for him in your area -- could he dare to dream of a single family home instead of a condo?



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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Just a note, Paris bought a home today, so all of you selling to her are out of luck :)


Sep 09, 2007 05:51 PM
Marie Kletke
iNet Realty - Long Beach, CA
Broker - Long Beach Real Estate


Just noticed the contest today!  I am off to a three day seminar.  I will do my best to participate in this contest.  Sounds really intereting and it looks like it does need some research.  What a challenge!!

Sep 09, 2007 09:09 PM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

The idea of a contest is intriguing - It will be very interesting to see how many members participate.  If I can get away from business challenges this week I plan to give it a try.



Sep 09, 2007 10:08 PM
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
Looking forward to all the entries!  There are already some great ones!
Sep 10, 2007 02:06 AM
Roy Kotz
NPDodge - Papillion, NE
Good luck to everyone participating
Sep 10, 2007 05:27 AM
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT
Have to do this!  Thanks!
Sep 10, 2007 11:55 AM
GA-agent.com Georgia Real Estate Directory
GA-agent.com - Canton, GA
What a great idea...I hope to see more of this!
Sep 10, 2007 12:16 PM
Jeannette Kohlhaas
Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty - Jacksonville, FL
COntests....I lOVE contests. I am a professional Athlete...I like to win! Just started in with Active Rain last week, so I'm finding this contest alittle late. Gotta go...put my thinking cap on.
Sep 10, 2007 02:14 PM
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

Great idea.  I can't wait to see the submissions. I too will put my cap on and see what happens.

Sep 10, 2007 02:18 PM
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO
I'm in.  Paris may have bought a home today, but she may rethink her decision after she reads my post...
Sep 10, 2007 02:45 PM
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Everyone --- I am so sorry I can't answer each and everyone of you...  So looking forward to all those that enter...   It will be so much fun and think about it!  

POINTS!  Everyone that enters gets a Localism feature!  Everyone who enters gets bonus points (The number grows with the number of participants!!!!!!!!  Get your friends in on it!)  And there are 5 Winners instead of 3!   Just think of all the fun!



Sep 11, 2007 02:07 AM
Jason Adams
Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate - Dillon, CO
Realtor - Summit County, Colorado
I think the only one who could afford to buy what they are looking for in Summit County Colorado would be Paris. It wouldn't surprise me if she already owned something here.
Sep 11, 2007 09:58 AM
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
Hi Colleen, I've joined the contest.  This was a really good exercise.  The Ah~ha for me was in seeing that this kind of letter to a potential client totally blows most real estate e-mail responses "out of the water."  Prior to this contest, it would never have occurred to me to compose something like this.  Now that it's created, the content can be re-worked for a variety of situations.  Thank you very much. :)
Sep 11, 2007 04:30 PM
Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM

I actually got mine in on time! This was a great one Colleen. Now I go read the rest of them.

Sep 11, 2007 09:15 PM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

There are a lot of great entries in this contest - love reading them all and I wish everyone good luck!!


Sep 12, 2007 04:22 AM
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ
Wow--this is becoming huge....perhaps this should be a monthly contest!! Great Idea Colleen!! I made it finally and submitted the entry. Hope I did it right!! Let me know if I am missing anything per the 'rules'. 
Sep 12, 2007 06:43 AM
Chris Molina
Cooper & Associates Real Estate - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor, Elk Grove CA
Awesome contest!  Although I just heard about it until just now, I'm eager to start writing!  This is the sort of thing that crashes the writer's block down and opens the creative floodgates!  Sweet!  
Sep 12, 2007 06:59 PM
British Homes Group
British Homes Group - Kissimmee, FL

Great Idea.. nothing wrong with a little competition!

Hope everyone has lots of fun!


Sep 13, 2007 06:51 AM
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
Deadline is this Wednesday!   There are a bunch of great entries!
Sep 17, 2007 12:53 AM
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity


I think I got it tagged and put in the correct categories.  Can you let me know if my entry doesn't show up?  I was a little confused by the Professional category, but I think I have it right.


I put my link here in case it doesn't show up where it should.  If this is unacceptable, please delete my comment, but let me know by email if it didn't make it to the right place.


Sep 18, 2007 04:50 AM