A Hoover, Alabama, family is adjusting to life in their new home thanks to receiving $40,000 to use toward a down payment as part of realtor.com’s Kickstart Your Mortgage giveaway, with the prize sponsored in part by Bankrate. Realtor.com® is a leading online destination for real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc.
Cameron Barnes and her husband were eager to start the home-buying process in their desired neighborhood, but decided they couldn’t afford it financially. That all changed when while on realtor.com® she entered the Kickstart Your Mortgage sweepstakes on a whim and was the randomly-selected winner from over 135,000 sweepstakes entries.
“Homes were selling so fast that we couldn’t even get in to see them. There was a competing offer on the home we ultimately purchased, and the prize money allowed us to put more money down,” she said.
The Barnes family worked with real estate agent, Howard Whatley, to purchase a home in Birmingham, Ala., closer to work and their children’s school.
“We understand the home-buying process can be overwhelming, especially when affordability is a barrier. Even if you aren’t actively looking for a new home, realtor.com® is a great place to dream and learn about what you want your perfect home to be,” said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer for Move. “On behalf of realtor.com® and our prize co-sponsor, Bankrate, we congratulate Cameron Barnes and her family on their new home.”