[Ed. – People who can pen a well-written letter are becoming increasing rare.]
Write a letter, win a house.
That’s the concept behind an Alberta homeowner’s unique bid to sell her sprawling mansion, tucked in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Alla Wagner listed her home last year for $1.7 million. Located in Millarville, Alta., about 65 kilometres southwest of Calgary, the house boasts a large lot, walls of windows and – at 5,000 square feet – more than enough space for a family.
But after five months on the market, the house didn’t sell. So Wagner came up with a new idea.
She’s invited up to 68,000 entrants to submit brief, 350-word letters explaining why they should win the house. Each entrant must submit an entrance fee of $25.
“What do I have to lose? Like, I have nothing to lose,” she told CTV Calgary.
Wagner got the idea from a similar concept in the United States and from the 1996 movie “The Spitfire Grill.”
She hopes to attract enough buzz to offset the cost of the sale with the writing contest. Plus, she likes the idea of giving the home to a worthy owner.