500 Bonus Points AND a Chance to Win 5,000! New Contest - "Memories of My Childhood Home"

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Real Estate Agent with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I am happy to announce a new contest with the a very unique theme:  "Memories of My Childhood Home".  Much like the local video contest that we just had last month, this will give the opportunity to win 5,000 (FIVE THOUSAND!) bonus points for the 1st place winner.

What are we looking for?

In a nutshell, we just want you to share your stories about the place (or places) where you grew up.  I intend to write my own piece, although my "entry" will not be eligible to win. 

Please don't worry about whether your story is a happy one, although it certainly could be.  We are looking for authenticity.  If you have touching stuff to talk about, don't be afraid to post it.  Everyone grew up somewhere, right?  Tell us your story.  This should be a fun exercise in writing for all of us.

 

THE RULES:

  • All entries must be submitted between now and midnight Central time August 4th (just as August 5th is beginning.
  • Only one entry per person will be allowed.
  • Post your entry in the groups Family Ties and Dedicated Bloggers, along with any other groups that you want to use. 
  • Post a link to your entry in the comments section below. Otherwise, we have no way to locate all of the entries.  If you



THE JUDGING:

The judges will be Liz Moras, Paul Slaybaugh, Debe Maxwell, and me.

Although the judges are free to comment on any and all of the entries, any comments made during the contest will not be an indication of the final results.



THE PRIZES:

Grand prize winner - 5000 points

Second place - 3000 points

Third place - 2000 points

500 points just for entering the contest (These points are in addition to the 225 points that you receive for every post, and whatever bonus points that you get for comments from Active Rain).

 

Let me know if you have any questions.  I hope to see a lot of great entries this time!

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If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

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Steve Shatsky
Prudential Texas Properties - Dallas, TX
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Aug 04, 2009 11:50 PM #166
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Elizabeth Bolton
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Just under the wire as usual~

Our First House

This was a super contest!  I *loved* reading the entries.

Liz

 

Aug 04, 2009 11:56 PM #167
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Here's mine: Memories of My Childhood Homes (published at 11:58 -- at the last minute, just like when I was a kid!)

Aug 05, 2009 12:02 AM #168
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

I think this is the biggest turnout that I have ever seen for an ActiveRain contest, and I have been here for two years! 

73 entries!

WOW!cactus

We will (of course) need some time to read through all of them, so please be patient with the judges. 

Thanks for the great participation!

Aug 05, 2009 10:37 AM #169
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Heather Chavez
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Will you be posting links to all the entries or just the winners when you guys finally wade through all the entries?  I don't want to miss any of them.  This has turned into a really cool contest.  I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Aug 05, 2009 10:43 AM #170
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Jason Crouch
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Heather - I will probably only post links to the winners when the announcement happens.  All of them can be found here in the comments, though!

Aug 05, 2009 03:57 PM #171
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

I'm doing a post with all the links so that might make it eaier :-)  

Aug 06, 2009 02:29 AM #172
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Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
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Judges - Good luck with all your homework tonight... A lot of terrific entries... What a cool contest... Thanks Jason

Aug 06, 2009 11:47 AM #173
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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Here we go - all on one page! :-) Memories of my Childhood Home Entries  - I think I might of missed one though Jason - let me know if you catch it :-)

Aug 06, 2009 08:09 PM #174
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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http://activerain.com/blogsview/1178934/my-childhood-home-sort-of-gramond-drive-in-affton-missouri
Aug 06, 2009 10:04 PM #175
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Hi Jason~  I just may have to consider this.  How long will this contest last?

Aug 06, 2009 11:48 PM #176
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Hi again Jason~ Oops!  I see the deadline is Aug 5.  I missed it, but that's OK by me...

Aug 07, 2009 12:01 AM #177
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Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Hi Jason, I realized I never put a link in here to my post but did post it to both groups - oops.  It was a nightmare getting my entry in since I was having major problems with connectivity with all the storms we had and couldn't post pictures, etc.  Anyways, here's the link to my post: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1182279/memories-of-my-childhood-home-it-was-perfect-to-me-and-i-simply-can-t-do-it-justice-with-the-writing-of-this-post

~Anne Marie

Aug 08, 2009 02:22 PM #178
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Carol Judd
Patriot Real Estate - Vernal, UT
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Aug 09, 2009 09:49 PM #179
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Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
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Just checking in to see if you guys have had a chance to read through everybody's story and decide on a winner yet.  Hadn't heard anything.

Aug 09, 2009 10:07 PM #180
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
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Heather - In a word, no.  We are still working our way through them all.  Thanks for checking!

Aug 09, 2009 10:13 PM #181
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

I have no idea how I missed posting my submission here, as I posted it on 7/30, and even got comments back from Jason and a few others...but here it is...http://activerain.com/blogsview/1174050/memories-of-my-childhood-home - I hope I can qualify!

Aug 15, 2009 08:46 AM #182
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Lina Robertson Jones
Ozark, Nixa, Republic & Willard Real Estate - Springfield, MO
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Aug 28, 2009 10:03 AM #183
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Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
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What a great contest idea! Too bad I missed out on it. I will have to come back and read some of them as I have time. :) You always do a great job, Jason! :-)

Oct 07, 2009 06:27 PM #184
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I love these types of contests!

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