PEABODY, Mass., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Surprised with $10,000 from The Great Home Giveaway, Michelle Campanella of Saugus, MA is seeing her dream of home ownership come true. Today, this 32-year-old single mother is starting the next chapter of her life as she moves from her parents' home in Saugus to a sparkling new home in nearby Peabody.
Campanella is the first winner of The Great Home Giveaway, a new contest offering more than a quarter million dollars to potential homebuyers. More than 200 real estate agents nationwide, including Mike Quail, Team Leader of The Quail Group at RE/MAX Advantage, Beverly, MA, are sponsoring the contest with Commissions Inc. and First Option Mortgage.
"Every cent I've ever saved was going toward this home," said Campanella. "But now, with the $10,000 to help with my down payment, I'll actually have money for furniture and maybe even a little left over for my savings account."
Campanella, who had been living with her parents in Saugus, began saving for a home last year after securing a new job. In June 2014, she started looking for the right home in a quiet neighborhood with a good school system and eventually reached out to The Quail Group at RE/MAX Advantage. Thanks to her buyer specialist from the team, Michelle Theriault, they quickly helped her find the ideal home in Peabody. Mike Quail and his team also suggested that she enter the national giveaway, though little did anyone dream that she would become the first winner.
"We were so happy to have the opportunity to find the ideal home for Michelle, and the $10,000 prize was such a bonus for her. This contest opens up opportunities for prospective homeowners that were not there before," said Quail.
Commissions Inc., which offers the free mobile app "Local Homes" designed specifically for serious homebuyers, notified The Quail Group at RE/MAX Advantage that Campanella had won, and the organizations then planned a surprise event for her. The real estate agency invited her to their Beverly offices to discuss details of her financing. However, when she arrived, Quail and his colleagues greeted her with balloons and the $10,000 check (blown up "supersized"). He was joined by Duane LeGate, CEO of Commissions Inc., who had flown in from the company's Atlanta headquarters to congratulate her.
"We are so pleased to join with The Quail Group to help homebuyers like Michelle find and potentially fund their homes. Companies like The Quail Group take pride in giving back to their communities and are true experts in their industry," said LeGate.
Commissions Inc. will be giving away 16 individual $10,000 cash prizes between now and December. In January 2015, they will be choosing a $100,000 grand prize winner. Other homebuyers are encouraged to enter now at http://www.thegreathomegiveaway.com.
About Commissions Inc.
Commissions Inc. provides a real estate technology platform that connects top-tier real estate brokers and agents to homebuyers and sellers. The company offers Local Homes, a free mobile app for serious homebuyers. The app provides fast, current, accurate, and complete information to give buyers a timing advantage when they're in the market for a home.
About The Quail Group at RE/MAX Advantage
The Quail Group is a seven-person real estate team led by Mike Quail, one of the top producing real estate agents in Massachusetts. The Quail Group has a special VIP Buyer Program with tools to help homebuyers when searching for their dream home. The Quail Group also has unique consumer programs to help sellers, such as their Guaranteed Sale Program. See more at www.TheQuailGroup.com.
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