Alla Wagner’s $1.7-million property in Millarville, Alta., may very well be yours — for a small entry payment and a few inventive pencraft. 

Wagner, who has well being issues after a again harm made navigating stairs not possible, mentioned she must downsize, however cannot discover a purchaser.

“No presents. Nothing’s happening, you understand, and I used to be informed it was too excessive from market worth, so I lowered the worth,” she informed Dawn Alberta. “And it nonetheless did not transfer in any respect.”

That is when she determined to get inventive and created a contest on social media known as Write a Letter, Win a Home, asking folks to clarify how possession of the home might change their life. 

“It would not essentially need to be a sob story,” she mentioned. “As a result of I am a realist in my situation.”

About 20 years in the past, the film Spitfire Grill, informed the story of a contest designed to discover a new proprietor for a neighborhood restaurant after the proprietor falls sick. Within the a long time for the reason that movies launch a number of of those contests have popped as much as discover new homeowners for all types of properties and properties round North America. The latest is going on now in Millarville, simply south of Calgary for a 5000 sq. foot house which might yours for only a contest entry payment of $25 and a few inventive penmanship. Alla Wagner is the home-owner organizing the competition and whomever wins can take over her home, however she does have some hopes and aspirations for that eventual winner. To seek out out extra, Russell travelled to Millarville to talk spoke with Alla Wagner in her house. 13:58
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To enter the competition, Wagner has set the entry payment at $25. 

She’s hoping for 60,000 entries to recoup the worth of her funding within the 5,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house, which incorporates a piano room and wine cellar. 

“I need it to be somebody that is going to benefit from the place and goes to like being right here and slot in with the neighbourhood, as a result of the neighbours are unbelievable folks,” she mentioned. 

Wagner was impressed to begin the competition after watching the film, Spitfire Grill, the place a restaurant proprietor holds an essay contest, at $100-per-entry, as a method to discover a new proprietor for the eatery.

The Wagner house is 5,000 sq. ft and has this wine cellar within the basement. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Then, when she appeared into it, Wagner mentioned she noticed comparable contests had occurred throughout the USA.

“I simply thought, it is simply such an ideal thought,” she mentioned.

With the intention to adjust to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Hashish Act, Wagner mentioned she couldn’t make it a lottery and needed to have an entry payment.

“This isn’t a random selection. It’s a inventive writing contest,” she mentioned. “I simply needed to make it extra accessible and made it $25.”

Wagner, who has labored previously as each a translator and a librarian, mentioned she selected a writing contest as a result of language and phrases have been so vital in her personal life. 

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 “If any individual desires to jot down a poem, they’ll write a poem. If any individual desires to jot down 5 paragraphs telling me why is it vital for them to get this place, [they can],” she mentioned.

Alla Wagner mentioned, with a nasty housing market, this appeared like an effective way to make again her funding, and have an effect on somebody’s life. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

“I needed to be inventive however I do not need [anyone] to be afraid of writing like, ‘Oh, I am not author, so I am not going to have the ability to to win,'” she mentioned. 

Wagner mentioned for her it is all in regards to the “why?”

“I am not saying that is the sort of couple or household I am searching for, nevertheless it has to essentially compel my coronary heart,” she mentioned. “It has to only actually contact on my heartstrings and never essentially due to a tragic story however due to  the motivation.”

Wagner’s son Chris mentioned it is troublesome to know his mom has to maneuver out of her house for well being causes, however mentioned he feels it is best for her. 

“She will be able to’t go down stairs, she will’t transfer round proper, so if she had a home on one ground, it could be higher,” he mentioned. 

However, he admits it will be troublesome to see it go away the household. 

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“A number of blood, sweat and tears went into constructing this home, so it is robust to see it go in that approach,” he mentioned, holding again tears. 

Chris Wagner says it will be bittersweet to see the Millarville house go away his household. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Wagner mentioned she plans to donate 5 per cent of the earnings from the competition to the Calgary Girls’s Shelter. 

The competition opened Jan. 5, and is slated to run for 3 months, with the potential of extending the deadline to 6 months. 

The principles state that the “most compelling tales” shall be made semi-finalists, whereas 500 letters shall be chosen as finalists and reviewed by a panel of impartial judges who willl decide the winner and announce the brand new home-owner. 

Wagner mentioned the full variety of entries should attain a minimal quantity, and if the house sells earlier than the competition closes, all entrants shall be refunded.

She’s wanting ahead to studying folks’s letters, however Wagner is aware of it is going to be bittersweet when it comes time to maneuver out.

“It is going to be extraordinarily troublesome,” she mentioned.

“I imply, I strive to not get emotional right here, I am controlling myself however … I am in love with the place, I am simply so in love with this space, with my neighbours, with my views.”


With recordsdata from Dawn Alberta, Monty Kruger and Terri Trembath.  

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