Holiday Greeting Card Contest - Help Save Homeless Christmas Trees!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Home Point Real Estate DRE # 01492725

The POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul group gives you the opportunity to share your creative side during the holiday season with a creative writing challenge. Join in on the challenge with the  ActiveRain Holiday Greeting Card Contest!

Holiday Greeting Card Contest – Help Save Homeless Christmas Trees!

Here is my entry:

Holiday Greeting Card Contest

Back Side:

We hope you have a Wonderful Christmas!

At Home Point Real Estate we are dedicated to helping people find the perfect home for their Christmas Tree.

If you need help buying or selling a home at Christmas or anytime we hope you will think of Home Point Real Estate.

I wanted to do something funny and yet a little traditional. What could be more traditional than Christmas Trees. I really do not like giving people a hard sell with my Christmas Cards and marketing as I really want people to have a Merry Christmas – not just sell homes.

I am concerned that some might see this card as making fun of the homeless. That is not what I intend, but the appeal spoofs charitable pitches. Home Point Real Estate is obviously not a charity and so what I am really doing is spoofing Hard Core marketing pitches that play on people's guilt. At the same time it does remind people of the desire for a home and all the memories they can make in it at Christmas and other times of the year.

Holiday Greeting

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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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LOL, yea, it could easily be taken the wrong way.  It is a good thought .

Dec 01, 2011 05:41 PM #1
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Nancy Laswick
REALTY ONE GROUP - Phoenix, AZ
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Hi Gene, I thought it was cute and creative. We work with a charity that supports homeless families and I didn't find your card the least bit offensive. I think you'd really have to stretch to become upset by your obvious tongue in cheek humor. Heck I wish I'd thought of it!

 

Dec 01, 2011 06:04 PM #2
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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
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What an enjoyable post, good luck in the contest. Happy Holidays.

Dec 01, 2011 06:35 PM #3
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Fun post, early entry!  I think you should find a hme for every tree.  Great play on words and I can't  see it as offensive. 

Dec 01, 2011 07:15 PM #4
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Thanks for stopping by.  My wife thought it was cute.  I wanted to get my entry in early before I got busy.

Dec 01, 2011 07:18 PM #5
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Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Gene, very creative, I am sure you will get responses when you send them out.

Dec 01, 2011 07:39 PM #6
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Thanks for getting your entry in quick Gene!  That was very creative and entertaining too...this will surely be a great card for marketing for new clients around the holidays....good show!

Dec 02, 2011 12:36 AM #7
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Gene, I like it! Very creative indeed. Great card to send out either as a postcard or an ecard!

Dec 02, 2011 07:07 AM #8
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Shannon Coe
Allison James Estates and Homes - Loomis, CA
916-741-1664, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville

cute, and thank for reminding me of the contests.

Dec 02, 2011 09:05 AM #9
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Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Love it, Gene!  Great job and I agree--it's not about sales during the holidays, it's about appreciation and gratitude and letting your clients know that you truly do care about them.  Awesome!

Dec 02, 2011 12:13 PM #10
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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Gene, That is very cleaver and your message is also very original. I enjoyed reading this and your new prospects and clients will as well. 

Dec 02, 2011 04:43 PM #11
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Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360

Excellent, Gene. I really appreciate the sentiments expressed in the card and your commentary.

Jeff

Dec 02, 2011 10:34 PM #12
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Thanks everyone for coming by.  Hope you all have a great Christmas.

Dec 04, 2011 04:25 PM #13
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Aaron Mazurek
Coast Realty Group, (Powell River) Ltd - Powell River, BC
Powell River Property For Sale (BC)

This is a great card! Very original and it brought a smile to my face this morning.

thanks for the inspiration Gene!

Dec 09, 2011 12:53 PM #14
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Dawn A Fabiszak
Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
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Gene ~ creative play on a marketing idea......I'm sure it won't be taken the wrong way.

Dec 10, 2011 10:54 AM #15
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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Aaron and Dawn,

Thanks.  I wanted to be funny but not too over the top.  Thanks.

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