Prize Patrol in Gig Harbor

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Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol in Gig Harbor!

Prize Patrol in Gig Harbor!Yesterday while taking advantage of the beautiful day to get some new photos, I started chatting with another "photographer" standing beside me.   We were down at the old ferry landing trying to get the perfect shot of a sailboat making its way across Gig Harbor Bay.

As it turns out, Andrew, the other photographer was visiting from New York and was here on a very special mission.  He and his associate, John were members of the Prize Patrol from Publisher's Clearing House and had come to Gig Harbor to award a prize to a local resident.  How cool is that!?

Now I'll admit, I've always been a tad skeptical about whether these prizes ever actually existed.  I'm pretty sure I'm not alone here....  But as I talked to Andrew and John, I learned a little about the various regional contests.  There are contests based on your first name, initials - all kinds of fun little things.   So they award many more prizes than just the big one in February.  Who knew?

To see a winner in Gig Harbor assured me that there indeed is a Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol.  In fact Andrew and John are headed to Seattle to award another prize today.  

What a fun job that must be!

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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
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Sue:

That is very interesting. I was quite convinced that they were less than legimate.

 

November 14, 2009 06:52 AM #9
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Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Sue, How cool is that?  Not only did you run into them but you had the opportunity to have a conversation with the real Prize Patrol.  And shared the info with your AR pals.  Thanks!

November 14, 2009 06:58 AM #10
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I'm not surprised that they took a break to shoot some pictures in Gig Harbor.  Such a beautiful place -- and it looks like a nice day, too! What a fun experience!

November 14, 2009 07:04 AM #11
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Personal Service, always.

That is cool. I always thought it was a once a year award for somebody else in some other town...I am right about somebody else!

November 14, 2009 07:40 AM #12
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René Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
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Now that would be a fun job!

November 14, 2009 08:22 AM #13
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Mark Watterson
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Real Estate

I had some friends move to Gig Harbor a couple of years ago.  They keep asking me to visit and I need to.  I hear it is beautiful.

November 14, 2009 08:45 AM #14
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Paul McFadden
Environment Control - Kent, WA
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Wow! Great and unique blog post. Thank you. You do live in a beautiful part of the Puget Sound. Have a nice weekend!

November 14, 2009 09:56 AM #15
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Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist
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I was drawn to those wonderful photos ... I miss the Harbor! I used to live there. I used to be a homebuilder; started when Ed Aro was still early in his career at Windermere, and before his (now-ex) wife was even an agent!

How are things there? I managed to move before the toll bride opened, but I have been over it a few times since. 

November 14, 2009 10:05 AM #16
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

And we always thought those were scams -- who knew -- thanks for the post.

November 14, 2009 10:52 AM #17
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Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
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Pretty Cool !

... shame they werent stopping at your home though !!!

Cheers :o)

November 14, 2009 08:39 PM #18
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Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
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They were actually just in Clarksville, TN too.... They tried to deliver the winning check and the winner had actually moved away. They had to call her on the phone....  I too had always been skeptical of this.

November 14, 2009 09:40 PM #19
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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I've sometimes wondered too.  Isn't it nice to know they reaally do exist.

And, yes, it would be a great job.  Giving away money! People would always be glad to have you ring the doorbell.

November 14, 2009 11:32 PM #20
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
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Well, you are renewing my faith in this...it was for years a huge temptation and then poo pooed...so there you go, more entries in the Publisher's Clearing House, when that envelope comes in the mail.  Really fun job. 

November 15, 2009 01:43 AM #21
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Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Too bad they wouldn't let you tag along so you could write it up in localism for Gig Harbor.

November 15, 2009 10:07 AM #22
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Marvin Beninson

How much is the check? I can't see the amount.  PCH keeps sending me stuff every day so maybe it's time to reply.  Who knows? In Greater Danbury CT http://TheBeninsonAssociates.com

November 15, 2009 11:59 AM #23
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gina

NIce Article.  My sister just moved to gig harbor from Portland, and I fouond your blog on google. 

I was hoping to find  a small office suite in seattle.  Do you have any advice on searching in Seattle.  I found a couple websites online, cityfeet.com and seattle office spaces?

Should i work with a broker or represent myself?

 

thanks

gina

November 15, 2009 04:49 PM #24
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Sue Rand
Windermere/Gig Harbor - Gig Harbor, WA

It was refreshing to find out that the contest is not a scam.  The Gig Harbor recipient received $5,000, the Seattle winner got $10,000.  Not sure how all those various contests work, but they sound fun. 

Kyle:  The new bridge has made commuting a non-issue.  It's great!  Gig Harbor has grown up and we now have all the shopping we could want over here.  And a new state-of-the-art hospital as well.  So those of us who work on this side of the bridge don't pay the toll as often as we would have a couple of years ago.

Gina:  I'd try www.commercialmls.com but if you don't have any luck with that, let me know and I'll find you someone who can help.

Mark:  You need to visit!  But summer is better.....see you then!

November 16, 2009 01:20 AM #25
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Carol W

I, too was on the Publishers Clearing House Prize patrol last week and awarded $10,000.00 to recipients in Monroe, Iowa; La Cygne, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. We wanted people to know that real people get real money. We called them "Reality Checks"

November 17, 2009 11:23 AM #26
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California) - Roseville, CA
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals

Sue, like others have said, it is nice to know that PCH is legitimate...who knew! :)

Leilani

November 21, 2009 04:44 AM #27
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Sue Rand
Windermere/Gig Harbor - Gig Harbor, WA

Carol W: 

Reality Checks - I love it!

What do you do when you're not awarding prizes?

November 22, 2009 07:56 PM #28
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