Coldwell Banker's Gingerbread House Contest 2018

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

This year my brokerage, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Olympia, WA, tasked the agents and staff to create gingerbread houses.  Not too surprising, we took this contest to the next level! 


Here are the entries:


First Place - a replica of our office - created by Cheri, Richard, Bruce, and Kelly.  (The 50-year candle represents our firm's birthday.  Our office was established in 1968.)




Second Place went to our staff with their beach vacation scene.  Created by Kathy, Jerrie, Lisa, Dana, and Jamie.





Third Place went to CB for her coffee war statement.  A local coffee shop is bulldozing over the big Starbucks gingerbread house.




The other houses created also created a heated contest.  My team, unfortunately, did not place but here is our two-story creation by Bob, Karen, Carly and myself:  







We even had a hill for sledding marshmallow snow-people and penguins enjoying the campfire.







A cute cabin was created by Denise, Penny, and Ann:



Our broker and his son recreated their home by the water with a lighthouse!







And what started off this two-week frenzy of baking and icing and decorating (which left little time to do actual business), was this creation by Mitch and his wife Laura.  Their house sparked the contest.




I'm hoping this will become a tradition in our office as this was a lot of fun, a lot of candy, and a lot of creativity, which is good for the soul!  This fun break in the action should refuel us and get us ready to take on 2019!  And as my broker mentioned, now his son can put the royal icing down and get back to his homework!  

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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and DuPont, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Francine, this must have been a lot of fun. Very creative ideas. 

Dec 13, 2018 04:40 PM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Yours looks the most delicious Francine Viola .

Dec 13, 2018 04:59 PM #2
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

That contest sounded like it would be a lot of fun. Your entry was very creative and looks like a great deal of time went into it. Congratulations on your entry. 

Dec 13, 2018 05:03 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Wow, Francine... you've got some talented people in your office! Beautiful entries.  You'd have had no competition from me in a contest like this! 

Dec 14, 2018 04:49 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Francine, this had to be a fun event for all agents in your office, whether you win or not.

Dec 14, 2018 06:03 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, you have some talent in your office, those are some amazing creations!  My attempt would likely look like an abandoned shack, haha.

Dec 14, 2018 06:14 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great contest and great entries, and I think that yours deserved at least an honorable mention...A

Dec 14, 2018 01:51 PM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

How fun! It must have generated a lot of holiday spirit. They are all awesome!

Dec 15, 2018 07:04 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a fun team building exercise. I also think your Gingerbread house is cool. You were robbed! Lol. 

Dec 15, 2018 07:31 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Francine Viola ,

Love the idea and everyone in your office is so creative! Love your teams entry I thought it was excellent..have to agree with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I think your team got robbed:(. LOL!

Dec 15, 2018 11:16 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, Now I am impress with these.  My grandkids always spend time at a friends house and they (all 6 of them) make ginger bread houses.


Dec 15, 2018 11:45 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a great contest theme. Thanks for sharing your photographs.


Dec 16, 2018 11:09 AM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wow.....lots of work and great creativity in this contest.

Dec 16, 2018 06:38 PM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Francine Viola - I loved each and everyone's' creativity! What a great example of collaboration and fun!

They are ALL winners, in my opinion! Yours was really fun and beautiful! "sledding marshmallow snow-people and penguins enjoying the campfire," is brilliant!!!

Dec 18, 2018 10:41 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, you guys have talent, Francine! I love your team's entry, complete with a sledding hill - how creative! 

And happy 50th to your office too!

Dec 19, 2018 05:58 AM #15
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 Hope your office followed thru and got some good publicity for this contest. There is still time. 

Fabulous 50th birthday of the office I can see that as the winner.

So glad you did the follow-up and shared the entries...I loved the creativity and especially ...

'' marshmallow snow-people and penguins enjoying the campfire.''


Dec 19, 2018 03:11 PM #16
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Hi Francine Viola WOW.... creative and talented contestants.... I like the bulldozer scenario... that's one way to get rid of the competition!!

Dec 26, 2018 01:45 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a fun contest, Francine! I love the photos!!

I used to make gingerbread houses with my 2 daughters when they were young - it was also such fun and a special time together!


Dec 28, 2018 03:59 PM #18
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