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Ontario couple hope to sell country home to $100 bidder

Calvin and Diana Brydges are hoping a creative contest will help them off-load their three-bedroom home in Alymer, Ont. Entrants write an essay on why they deserve to win the house, and pay a $100 entry fee.

Home appraised for $300,000

Calvin and Diana Brydges are hoping an essay contest will help them offload their three-bedroom home in Aylmer, Ont, valued at $300,000. (Facebook)

Calvin and Diana Brydges are hoping a creative contest will help them off-load their three-bedroom home in Aylmer, Ont.

The Brydges are asking people to write a story or essay on how winning the couple's home would benefit them.

Contestants submit a $100 entry fee for consideration of their essay, and the Brydges will judge the entries and pick a winner after the contest closes on Aug. 31, 2013.

The couple wants to move to Barrie and had tried selling their home through a traditional real estate broker, but were unsuccessful.

"And we were sitting down one night and we were actually watching a movie called The Spitfire Grill where this old lady was trying to sell her inn and she had come up with the idea to do through an essay." said Diana.

"We both looked at each other and the lights just went on and we thought 'Why can't we do that here?' "

Home appraised for $300,000

The couple assures the idea is perfectly legal. "We do have lawyers on board with us," said Diana.

All entries are being accepted by a third party, who will log them numerically, remove all identifiying characteristics and friends and family aren't eligible.

"We're hoping for 3,000 essays, which equates to $300,000 — which is the value of the home." said Calvin.

"If we do not achieve the 3,000 essays, money will returned to everybody who submits, minus a processing fee of a money order and a stamp — so they may lose approximately $7."

If they get more than 3,000 entries, anything over the appraised value of their home will go to a charity the Brydges runs that supports families in Haiti.

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