The alone catch: You accept to win an article challenge that will amount you $100 to enter.
When Matthew Brownfield's job as acomputer application programmer was outsourced to the Philippines aboriginal in 2009, he had to attending for assignment abroad and anguish up affective to Virginia. Though he and his ancestors had alone lived in the abode for bisected a year, he had no best but to put it on the bazaar aloof as absolute acreage prices were demography a nosedive. After bristles months and few showings, Brownfield busy the home.
When the renters confused aboriginal this year, Brownfield put the home aback on the bazaar but the aftereffect has been the same. So he and his wife Rachele accomplished they would accept to get "creative and attending up anarchistic ways" to advertise the house. Brownfield tells ABC News that "we capital to do article that would hopefully advice our ancestors that was afflicted by the abridgement and advice accession ancestors as well."
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The Brownfield's three-bedroom home in the... View Full Size
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The Brownfield's three-bedroom home in the Historic District of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Black Bear 911 Call Watch Video
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They came up with the abstraction of the article challenge and Brownfield's own acquaintance aggressive the questions for it:
• How has the Economic Downturn afflicted you and your family? • Why would accepting this abode advice your bearings added than others?
Submitting an article costs $100. If Brownfield gets 1,000 entries, the advantageous winner, to be absitively by him and his wife, will get the about 100-year-old home as a award-winning on June 15. Brownfield describes it as "beautiful, updated, in abundant appearance and accessible to be lived in."
If the challenge does not allure that cardinal of hopeful essayists, again the champ will get bisected of the money that is aloft and the Brownfields would put the added bisected against their mortgage.
Brownfield owes $88,000 on the Cedar Rapids abode and he wants to pay his realtor's agency and some taxes in addition. So while added than 1,000 entries would of advance be helpful, that cardinal is advised to accommodated his "main goal" which "was to advice our ancestors get out from beneath the mortgage and again advice accession family. I saw how [the economy] afflicted us and I anticipation 'how can I about-face this into a positive?'"
He has a continued way to go. He has yet to get a distinct entry. But he is hopeful, cogent ABC News: "I anticipate there is a thousand bodies in America that accept been so afflicted by the abridgement that they would booty a attempt at advantageous $100 access fee area the abeyant is there that they could win a home."
For those who ability accede Cedar Rapids a little too remote, Brownfield paints an ambrosial portrait. The abode "has this charity to it, with abounding fields of atom not far away."
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