Cedar Rapids Home Essay Contest

The first and most obvious question is:
Is this some type of trick?
Is this some type of Gimmick?
As the owner of the Home being sponsored for the Prize, I can assure you it is not.
My name is Matthew Brownfield, I’m sponsoring the Iowa Home Essay Contest.
The Home you see in the video is the home being offered as the Prize in the Contest.
Why are you doing it?
As the housing market has gone downhill over the last 3 years, several people were affected by that. Our family was no exception. We moved to another State and the Home in Iowa has not sold conventionally—so we decided that this Contest would be the best way to Help Another Family and Our Family at the Same Time.
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The Iowa Home Essay Contest

Conditions of Entry

Purchase an Essay Entry Fee Ticket for $100. Send the printed copy of your Essay Entry Fee Receipt AND a typed 500 word Essay answering the following questions:

• How has the Economic Downturn affected you and your family?

• Why would receiving this house help your situation more than others?

Send your Essay & Essay Entry Fee Receipt to:

"Iowa Home Essay Contest"

C/O Matthew Brownfield

PO Box 986

Toano, Va 23168

Entry is open to all residents of the United States and it’s outlying territories at/above age of 18 by 31 May 2012, who fulfill the eligibility and entry requirements. Employees of the Promoter’s agencies, suppliers and participating retailers who are involved in the operation of this Promotion, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter. No more than one Entry may be purchased at one time and no more than 2000 Entries in total will be permitted. The number of remaining entries available will be listed on the Eventbrite page at http://IowaHomeEssayContest.eventbrite.com

Purchase of an Essay Entry Ticket is deemed to be acceptance of the Terms and Conditions and Conditions of Entry.

Prize Draw

The prize announcement will be conducted at

9275 Barnes Road

Toano, VA 23168

at 10:00am on 15 June 2012

The Prize Announcement will also be posted on the Contest Facebook Page as well http://Facebook.com/IowaHomeEssayContest


This 3 Bedroom Home in the Historic District of Cedar Rapids Iowa could be yours!

A wonderful early 20th century home in the heart of the historic district. The main level features 9' ceilings, beautiful natural woodwork throughout, base trim, glass front bookcase, bay window and leaded glass. You'll love the spacious open living room and the natural oak staircase. Second level features bedrooms with window seats and built in shelves, and an awesome summer room great for quiet relaxation! There is a finished den area on the third level, which includes ample storage space, as does the basement. The property has been developed recently to include a new privacy fence in 2008, new furnace in 2009, new basement stairs in 2009, and new front concrete stairs and walkway in 2011. The fireplace is non-active but there is a gas line present. Transferrable home warranty in place (HSA)

Total prize value is USD $100,000 inclusive of any GST payable.

Converted Cash Prize

In the unlikely event the Competition does not reach a total of 1000 Essay Entries by the closing date, the House will not be offered as a prize and instead a Converted Cash Prize will be offered.

The cash prize will equate to 50% of the total proceeds from all eligible Essay Entries received by the closing date.

The minimum entry requirement is designed to protect The Promoters from substantial loss.

Notification and Claim of Prize

The winner will be notified by phone and certified mail - return receipt requested as soon as possible after the prize draw. The Promoter may choose to also notify the winner by any other means available. The winner must claim the prize by following the instructions provided in the winner notification agreement within 10 days from the date on which the notification was sent by mail by the Promoter or its representative. Upon receipt of the Winner Notification Agreement the applicable prize will be executed and delivered.

No formal closing shall occur and transfer of title will be accomplished by delivery of deed, which shall occur no more than 60 calendar days from the date of the winner’s acceptance of the prize as evidenced by executing the Winner Notification Agreement.

Access to the prize by the winner will be restricted until fully and unconditionally accepted by the winner pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth herein and in the Winner Notification Agreement and until delivery is complete.

Unclaimed Prizes

In the event that the prize is unclaimed in accordance with the terms, the prize will be forfeited and will be offered to the next runner-up in the same manner and under the same conditions stated above.

Determination of Winner

The Winning Essay will be selected from among the Qualified Entries answering the Essay Questions based on the rating of a Panel of 2 Judges consisting of a College Professor and a Professional Educational Test Scorer.

Winners will be holistically judged based on their answers provided in the essay and rated against all entries received during the Contest Period based on answering the two Essay Questions.

In the unlikely event that any essays should receive the same score, those scored essays will continue to be scored until a Final Winning Essay is determined.

Judges will use the Following Rating Scale:

6 — This essay is extremely well written. The essay demonstrates a high degree of competence in response to the questions and is free from error.

The essay:

• States or clearly implies the writer’s position

• Organizes and develops ideas logically, making insightful connections between them

• Clearly explains key ideas, supporting them with well-chosen reasons or examples

• Displays effective sentence variety

• Clearly displays facility in the use of language

• Is generally free from errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics

5 — This essay is well written; it demonstrates clear competence in response to the assignment, but may have minor errors.

The essay:

• States or clearly implies the writer’s position or thesis

• Organizes and develops ideas clearly, making connections between them

• Explains key ideas, supporting them with relevant reasons or examples

• Displays some sentence variety

• Displays facility in the use of language

• Is generally free from errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics

4 — This essay is fairly well written; it demonstrates competence in response to the assignment.

The essay:

• States or implies the writer’s position or thesis

• Shows control in the organization and development of ideas

• Explains some key ideas, supporting them with adequate reasons or examples, but could be expanded

• Displays adequate use of language

• Shows control of grammar, usage, and mechanics, but may display errors

3 — This essay demonstrates some competence in response to the assignment, but it is obviously flawed.

An essay in this category reveals one or more of the following weaknesses:

• Limited in stating or implying a position or thesis

• Limited control in the organization and development of ideas

• Inadequate reasons, examples, or details to explain ideas

• An accumulation of errors in the use of language

• An accumulation of errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics

2 — This essay shows only the most limited writing ability; it is seriously flawed.

An essay in this category reveals one or more of the following weaknesses:

• No clear position or thesis

• Weak organization or very little development

• Few or no relevant reasons, examples, or details

• Frequent serious errors in the use of language

• Frequent serious errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics

1 — This essay demonstrates fundamental deficiencies in writing skills.

This essay:

• Contains serious and persistent writing errors

• Is incoherent

• Is undeveloped

0 — This essay is off topic; it is not a response to the topic specified.

Publication of Winner

The Winner’s Name will be published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids Iowa Newspaper)

Participation Requirements

In order to be eligible to enter, it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that:

1. All identification and contact details are complete, correct and up-to-date at the time of the draw.

2. The entrant is legally capable of owning real estate in Iowa and that any permits, authorities or licenses (where required) are obtained.

3. Essays are submitted with an Eventbrite Essay Entry Fee Receipt. An Entry Fee of $100 will apply.

4. The Essay questions are properly answered.

5. Essays are typed and not handwritten.

Prize Conditions and Details

6. The winner will be required to treat the prize as income for federal and state income tax purposes, and the winner may be required by federal and state law to pay any tax liability incurred in connection with his/her receipt of any prize associated with the Competition.

7. The winner will be eligible for a Moving Allowance Gift if the Essay Entry Competition ‘Sells Out’, meaning all 2000 available Entry Tickets are sold by the closing date. The Gift will be to the value of USD $5000 and for the purposes of federal and state income tax be tax-free.

General Rules

8. The Promoter will not be liable in any way if, for any reason outside the Promoter’s reasonable control, any part of any prize becomes unavailable.

9. In the event that the prize, or any element of the prize, become unavailable for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter may substitute a prize, or element of the prize, at its sole discretion.

10. The Promoter’s decision is final in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.

11. The winner may not vary the prize package.

12. If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorized intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.

13. The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardize the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.

14. The Promoter reserves the right to request winner to provide proof of age, identity and residency. Identification considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Promoter.

15. In the event of war, terrorism, state of emergency or disaster the Promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion subject to any written directions from a relevant Regulatory Authority

16. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way including, but not limited to: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorized access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by thePromoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use of a prize.

17. The Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for late or misdirected entries and take no responsibility for any entries not correctly lodged through the Eventbrite platform.

The Promoter and its related companies, employees and agencies shall not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) suffered by any person arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with entering this promotion or claiming/winning any prize, except as required by law.

The Promoter is not responsible for the transmission or receipt of any incorrect information associated with entries, either caused by user error or any equipment or programming malfunction associated with the promotion.

18. Acceptance of the prize is deemed consent for the Promoter to use the winner’s details for promotional and media purposes, including, but not limited to, photographs and interviews, without compensation and copyright will be vested in the Promoter. The winner acknowledges that their personal details may be televised on national television and be published in newspapers, magazines, on the Internet and any other media channel used for PR purposes.

19. All entries remain the property of the Promoter. All personal information will be collected and stored in accordance with the US Title 5 Privacy Act of 1974 and amended in 2001. You have the right to access your personal information and request correction of any errors in it pursuant to the law.

By entering this promotion entrants consent to the use of their information as described above.

20. The house is being offered as a prize ‘As Is’ and ‘Where Is.’

21. The Promoter is Matthew W. Brownfield

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