Write an Essay, Win a House?!
Some things are just too good to be true, but not in this case … it is!
A woman in Canada is offering up her lakefront home for essentially free… but there’s a catch. To be the new owner of this home, you must pay a $25 entrance fee, and then write an essay on the topic, “Why would moving to this lakefront dream home change your life?”
The owner, Alla Wagner, had unsuccessfully tried to sell her 3,850 square-foot home at $1.7m and has decided this is how she will depart with it. She is leaving due to her poor health. The contest will run until early April, or until she reaches over $60,000 entries. 500 finalists will be picked by the public, then a panel of judges will individually review and decide the ultimate winner. I was a lot late and bad at writing essays, but I will begin my entry to win this amazing house! Now the contest could be extended if she does not receive over 60,000 entries, enough to cover the C$1.7m minimum the home listing amount with the entry fee.
The 3850 square foot (360 square metre) home has “panoramic” views of the Rockies, a one-acre lot, a pond, and a wine cella.
She is not the first to come up with the idea of holding a writing contest for property.
She was inspired by an essay writing competition launched in 2015 to transfer ownership of the Center Lovell Inn in the US state of Maine and by the 1996 film Spitfire Grill, which featured a similar contest for the cafe.
Would you consider entering a “home raffle” if you were in the market for a house? Doesn’t this seem too good to be true?
Personally, I see this as a win/win for everybody. I should have a raffle for this half eaten burger that I couldn’t finish for lunch!