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Jul 29

Enter the Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

Blog Cabin 2013 Home Giveaway

The time has finally arrived: to throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win this adorable coastal retreat, nestled along North Carolina’s stunning Crystal Coast.

We invite you to enter twice online per day — once on and once on — for your chance to win the home. Our entry period runs through mid-September. And don’t forget to take the virtual home tour, watch our exclusive Blog Cabin videos and read through articles that detail the remodeling process. Tonight, we premiere the first episode in our Blog Cabin 2013 series. Get tune-in details for the House Crashers episode.

We wish you all the best of luck!

  • Posted at 11:30 am on July 7, 2013
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  1. Let the games begin! Don't you just love the excitement of a new sweeps period? This home is just so perfect for so many of us, to me, it's the best they've done.

    AnneEliseSouth on July 29, 2013 at 11:39 am
    • I agree, AES ! Best of luck to you (and to Maggie). <3

      LLColeman on July 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    • Thanks LL, right back atchya. Maggie is almost more excited than I am. Fitting her queenly figure through that doggie door might be require a little skill on her part, but I think she's up to the challenge.

      AnneEliseSouth on July 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm
    • This home is beautiful! The wood, tiles, decorations, landscaping, and location are perfect. I agree with you, it is the best house they have done so far!

      christymck87 on July 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    • This is my favorite by far, maybe because I reside in NC so the house just speaks to me. Regardless, they nailed it!

      JEssig on July 31, 2013 at 2:24 am
    • I can visualized myself there already soaking in the clean air and feeling the sand under my feet.

      Nachalle on August 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  2. So honored here to be the first on to enter a Blog for this beautiful home!!! The thought of this for my family is a dream come true. As stated before my husband is a true fisherman and this would be heaven for him and our daughter and son and they as well have a love for fishing. Our dog Beags is originally from North Carolina and she would love to get back to her roots. Every room in this home is a tranquil haven. Great Work Blog Cabin Builders thank you for this chance. <3

    mkro19 on July 29, 2013 at 11:39 am
    • Hey Then you would just love my new picture ! see if you can enlarge it . My sign in photo. I am an artist . Know any body who loves to draw and really don't have a lot of art supplies you can draw free on and print them ok Out there on my dock . You have to know I am from the name it and claim it group. I intend to just settled down with my easel and just paint and draw all to my hearts content,ok

      drdonnaa7 on August 6, 2013 at 9:52 am
  3. Third…… Good luck everyone! Let the game begin.:)

    hhf on July 29, 2013 at 11:52 am
  4. Thank you DIY,nice job.

    TonyE on July 29, 2013 at 11:59 am
  5. What a great way to start the day…with a little hope in your heart! Signed up? Check.

    MarleneD on July 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm
  6. I'm so excited!!! This blog home is beautiful…old and new together! :)

    Mary Rock on July 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  7. Beautiful photo of a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing and thanks for this great opportunity, DIY!

    Downonthefarm on July 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  8. Any word on what the taxes will be on this place?

    CatD63 on July 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    • Same as every year. There's Federal income tax which will be 39.6% of the ARV which is $462,740 = $183,249. If you live in a state that has state income tax you will also be taxed at the state percentage on the total value (not the residual value after fed. tax). Most state taxes are around 5% so that will be another $23,000 approx. So approximately the tax on this prize comes to $206,000 in income tax. That still leaves $1/4 million clear if you sell for the ARV. The winner still has to come up with real estate transfer taxes, deed recording charges and closing costs; all future real estate taxes and other expenses related to the maintenance of the house and title insurance and homeowner's hazard and liability insurance. Remember also that all your income from other soures for 2013-2014 will also be taxed at 39.6%.

      I like it that this year, for the first time on the Blog Cabin, they have set the ARV lower than the original purchase price of the property and at a much more realistic (IMO) value that some previous years, especially last year.:D Good luck everyone. ^_^

      Clive on July 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    • Ah, I see now why this is touted as a "vacation home." Not that I expected to win anyway, but I was of the mindset that this would be a "home" (period) with an attempt to phase into the local society, contribute, etc., become a North Carolina resident. More the fool, me.

      Stayin' home on July 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    • Thanks Clive.
      I live in NC, so yes, there would be state tax as well. There is no way I could possibly come up with Real Estate taxes, closing costs, etc on a half a million dollar house…not on this single mom's budget. This will be one contest I won't bother to enter. Good luck to all those who can afford to win.

      CatD63 on July 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • I'm with you, Cat. Those that can afford to win don't need to win. Kinda sad. Reading Clive's post should be mandatory prior to entering. Bye.

      NowayJose' on July 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    • Cat, what we talked about . . .

      Wind Chime Girl on July 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm
    • Your right Clive, DIY has done excellent this year as far as putting things in a financial perspective that seems a lot more reasonable than in the past. Since they are giving it away, selling at a loss is no skin off of their noses and someone may actually afford to keep this jewel. Good luck to you, and I know you like your fishing too.:)

      540sam on July 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    • Agreed 540sam. I was one of those who thought the ARV would be much higher based on all the previous BC's. I'm so glad that DIY has made this a much more reasonably valued house. I know it's still a tall order but I believe this is within the value range of a lot more people. Also, I'm sure that if a winner were able to keep the house it could pay for itself in a few years as a holiday rental.

      We need to keep in mind that this is, primarily, an entertainment show that teaches viewers how to approach DIY projects in their homes. It's not a national lottery with money the main object. Giving the house away is just the icing on the cake, not the reason for the Blog Cabin to exist.

      All comments here are just my opinion of course. ;)

      Good luck one and all. :) The only time people need to worry about taxes is after they get that phone call in the Fall. ;)

      Clive on July 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    • Your comments are wise and realistic as always Clive! :) Glad you are with us and good luck to you in the contest!

      SID on July 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    • Hi Clive, great info and big decisions for the Winner to make..If You won with Your 'One Entry'
      You know That 'could' happen, would You and Your Family be moving to Atlantic, NC???^_^
      Just think, it's closer to your Families Camping, Hiking and Fishing grounds. You wouldn't have
      to travel as far to get to those Beautiful Mountains of North Carolina!!!B)<3 No Frigid Winters like
      the one you just had.o.0o.0…Good Luck to you!!!^_^B)
      As for Me, I really love this Beautiful Cottage and it being on waterfront property, the location looks so relaxing with a county atmosphere and Views are breathtaking.. I don't know if I want to get all wrap up in all the taxes and legalities that are involved…I'm not a business woman and would need a lot of help going through it all…As someone said, you have to have a great deal of money to own this Beauty..Just my thoughts!B) I did enter this morning but don't think I will continue….I'm looking forward to all the Designer's Shows starting tonight with Josh…

      Jennie/Florida on July 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    • Hi J/F. We have great fun with our 'One Entry'. We draw a date out of a hat for the day, then an hour, then a minute for when we make our entry. We get all the fields on the entry form filled and all four of us have a finger on the mouse button ready to 'click' at the chosen time. It's a multiple game of chance. If we win, we all win, if not no single person is to blame. ;)

      Would we move? There indeed lies the rub. It's indeed near (ish) to my in-laws. We have discussed retirement in NC. WI winters are becoming longer and more tedious as I grow more gray. The cottage is beautiful and has a superb setting. Fishing off the end of the dock or from an inshore boat is certainly part of my retirement dream and I love some isolation. However, retirement is a 'we' event not a 'me' event. I really don't know what we would do but I suspect we would sell the cottage, pay all the relevant taxes and use the residual funds to build a cabin up in the NC piedmont to cater for all our needs. However, after visiting the cabin we may well decide to stay. Oh to have that dilemma as one lucky winner will. xD^_^

      Clive on July 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    • Clive, I love the way You and Your Family picks the time and date for Your "very important" Entry…Team Work! Yeah!!! I can tell You are a good Dad and good Hubby and very thoughtful….
      Sounds like You have a good plan that will satisfy all your families needs…A Cabin in the mountains in the NC Piedmont area, sounds great to me, maybe You can find a piece of property with a stream running in the back for Trout fishing!! ^_^B) Clive, I have Love the NC/Tenn Mountains ever since I visited the Blueridge back in 1985 B)<3
      I hope your Family's one entry wins^_^:):p

      Jennie/Florida on July 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    • The options for retirement would certainly increase if I were to win. I can live with a dilemma like that. :) Becky

      bythebaydreamer on July 30, 2013 at 12:38 am
    • Hi
      i have been entering hope I have not missed a day as of to day I am not able to enter it keeps coming up as error on a blank page
      thanks for your help tonight i will read all those comments as i never saw them before
      Blessings Sioban

      Siobhan on August 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    • Have you gone to the top of this page and held the mouse on the word "sweepstakes" until the menue drops down that says Rules, Entry Form, etc and click on Entry Form?

      540sam on August 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    • That's 'Country' atmosphere B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on July 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    • yes…..we can all dream big until then:):)

      twoterriers on July 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm
    • how about a movie set rental…

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 2:43 am
    • Giving you a lot of credence to information on this house, especially since I live in a no income tax state, so maybe you can answer a couple more. Do you think the winner would be wise to borrow against this house (house as collateral) in order to keep it and then use it as a rental? Thanks for your knowledge!!:D

      nanwes on July 30, 2013 at 11:04 am
    • I think that is the reason for Quicken Loans being a sponsor.

      grammagail on July 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    • yes more affordable for the majority….thanks for the information clive…

      twoterriers on July 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm
    • Majority? That's laughable

      Rolling my eyes on July 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm
    • Clive, even though the listed value of BC is below expectation, there is no way we could take ownership, even if we waited for our place here to sell or for BC to sell. I did the math on taxes, title transfers, etc., insurance, airline tickets to & fro, maybe even an attorney – I made my peace with that yesterday and I'm okay with that. The journey that is BC was great. Trying to win it & not would have only resulted in mild disappointment. But – actually winning it would result in great personal stress & financial woes that I'm afraid we could never recover from. (pardon my grammar). I remember everyone mentioning BC 2012 and that winner's possible problems. We don't want that. And we don't want BC 2013 to stand empty.
      Hubby & I won't be entering, but like I said in a previous thread, we are here to cheer everyone else on.
      So, "bon chance" to all who dare to enter! But I fear the winner must be someone of financial means.

      Wind Chime Girl on July 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    • Actually Clive the Federal Income Tax for a married couple would be $130,891. The only portion of the income taxed at Obama's millionaire tax would be anything over $450,000 – $400,000 for a single filer. All of the income before that would be taxed at the other six income tax rates. Still a pretty good chunk of money plus state taxes etc.
      Good luck to you Clive! ^_^

      EdinOregon on July 30, 2013 at 2:23 am
    • Thanks for that piece of info. Isn't there something about spreading the income over a few tax years since it is a one time thing and not an average regular high income. I guess one would have to consult a competent tax accountant

      zulumom on August 12, 2013 at 7:06 am
    • You're welcome! Actually our Federal Government eliminated income tax averaging when states started having lotteries. The Feds wanted their "FAIR SHARE" of our good luck!!!! :@

      EdinOregon on August 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    • Disappointed that I can't afford win this beautiful house. :'(

      Sylva on July 30, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Kitty took the words out my mouth. Please people, DO NOT GIVE UP until you talk to a financial planner. Don't let the taxes scared you away; there are so many options. You have to know all the details and options before you make any assumptions. Enter to win, and if you are the chosen one, even then if it doesn't work for you, don't take it. But denied yourself the opportunity.
      There are options for our seniors on this blog that are so worry; in my opinion you have a better chance than anybody else. Get a Reverse Mortgage. For those worry about selling the property and having to pay more taxes, look into rolling the money into an IRA account. There is no coincidence Quicken Loans is one of the sponsors. Go for a Cash Out.
      Rent the property during high season; i'm calculating it can be rented for up to 26 weeks out of the year, and you should get pretty good money for it. Yes, know some of you are saying that taxes have to be paid on rental income. Talk to a CPA that have knowledge on Real Estate investments. Do whatever you have to do but don't give up before entering the battlefield.

      Good luck to everyone!
      Congratulations SID!
      Kitty, praying for your troubles to end, and the overall health of you and your family members to see a vast improvement soon.

      havanera on July 31, 2013 at 11:17 am
    • I'm sure almost anyone could get a mortgage on the Blog Cabin that would cover the income taxes you would owe for winning it. That would give you time to either sell it or make it a vacation rental. I'd guess the income you'd get would cover all expenses and you could keep a few weeks each year to enjoy it yourself! It would be pretty expensive to use it as a main residence.

      MJCBS on July 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm
    • Sadly, you will not be able to get a mortgage based on the value of the BC. Mortgages are based on income and ability to repay the loan. The house is only worth what the owner can get for it and no reputable lender will give a loan on what might be. Estimates of what the owner may earn from rental income etc. count for nothing. If the winner can get a 2nd mortgage or remortgage on their present home and has an income that can repay an additional $200,000 loan (need to be a 6-figure income probably) it would be possible. But that's a lot of debt for the average family to carry. It would also mean a big insurance policy to protect the banks investment. It would be hard but not impossible. The winner must get good, independent financial advice – definitely not family, friends or (dare I say it) even bloggers. For many reasons DIY will not get involved in this.

      Sally on July 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm
    • Dear Bloggies, Sally is correct. The best advice, in this case should come from a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), who is trained to look at the "entire picture," then she/he coordinates with your lawyer and accountant to meet your own particular and individualized need. It is good that DIY has brought the ARV down, however, for lots of folks, that is still very high. IF the BEAUTIFUL BC is won by one who cannot meet the cost of taxes, transfer and insurance, plus carrying costs, to live and hold the place–and I can see this being true for many, unfortunately, then SALE is the alternative–and not a bad one, should you shop wisely for a VERY GOOD REALTOR who knows how to capitalize on the DIY investment talent in the property so it can get its great exposure and fastest sale. MY OBSERVATION on LAST YEAR'S BC STATUS: I have just arrived in Maine for my much needed vacation, as many of you know. I've had to be off the blog for weeks due to very severe illness in family, and uncertainty whether I would be able to travel. We drove past Last year's Blog Cabin 2012 Waldoboro on Saturday. She seems forlorn. The national advertising in "Downeast Magazine" Doesn't even mention the property's custom , DIY, or internationally -known designer features. Just saying. Marketing of that property SHOULD have been, IMHO, quite different!!! Sad for the Seller who lives in KY and mentioned she couldn't afford to keep it, though she has kept several smaller items from within the property as was her right! Also, the ads in local paper and Multiple Listing Service are what I call, "milktoast." With Scripps, DIY and Famous Designers involved, one NEEDS somebody who knows how to market–so remember that, should you be the winner of this Year's Beauty!!! Even if you win and cannot afford to keep it, handling your win wisely WILL return some winnings back to you in the end–so don't give up!!! :D I really miss you all, Bloggies! Travel was very challenging for me, with my health stuff, this time. I expect to be on Blog Sporadically–but I luv <3 you all just the same! This is a wonderful Blog and I cherish the Friendships built over the past 3 years. GOOD LUCK To all entrants! If you win and cannot keep the place, look into a bridge type loan to hold and carry you till sale. GET A DYNAMO REALTOR W/ GOOD ADVERTISING CHUTZPAH AND POCKETBOOK, who will promo and piggyback on the DIY, Television Stars' Dream Work, for pete's sake, unlike the way BC 2012 is being marketed…. Then that gets paid back , with the sale and you receive the difference–still a nice amount over $100,000–$200,000. Takes some work. But YOU CAN DO IT! <3^_^xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    • Sound advice Kitty, all concerned should listen to these words of wisdom from one who knows about CFP's. Anyone who receives a windfall should always consult a CFP, first even before your accountant or lawyer, this goes for lottery type winnings, inheritances or whatever. Not your friend or family member who fills out your taxes. Kitty, I hope you can enjoy your little vacation that you so much deserve. Miss talking with you. have a good one,:)

      540sam on July 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • Hello, Sam! Thanks for the affirmation! I feel badly for last year's winner, who waited till 2013 to get paperwork transferred to her name–that was probably good, due to delaying taxes, till the next fiscal year, thus, also giving her more search and think time to work through her issues regarding the Waldoboro property. As lovely as Waldoboro turned out, it also was , shall we say, "victim" of some unwise choices which easily may be affecting swift sale, for other properties are selling in Maine, so far as I can tell: My cousin and I were discussing that particular DIY property today, both of us being linked to Maine since before its official discovery and commonization–I'd say, we have a good idea of regional custom, expectations, or mores which may steer locals towards or away from a piece of property. That particular property needed to have followed certain necessary and expected Maine features, including downstairs powder room, Indoor/bad weather basement Access, a real woodstove, a place to put equipment and cars, and even any animals
      needed for the farmette.. Cohesive planning that fits Maine's Long winters and color choices which are generally comfortable within the community of Life "…as it should be…" perspectives. Just wondering… We tried to explain such nuances were significant in this area….;)^_^:D Good luck to you! Kitty B)

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm
    • Hi Kitty! I have been concerned about you and so am so happy to hear from you and that you and Gary are able to go to Maine again this year!<3<3<3 I hope your daughter is doing much better, and that you, and she, will have a peaceful summer. Excellent advice about managing the realities of winning this beautiful home, it does come with some very real responsibilities and challenges! That said, I do think DIY has made an admirable effort to make it possible for a winner of average means to keep the cottage. And by assigning a value (less than they paid for the land alone) after doing all new construction should at the very least make it far easier for the winner to sell quickly if necessary. Everything considered, this years winner will be one very lucky ducky!<3<3<3

      SID on July 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    • True SID, but I hope everyone takes Kitty's advice. Some that think they can afford it can't and some that think they can't afford it actually can if shown the way. Kitty's advice should be posted in the rules and regulations. So to the winner, make your first phone call to a financial planner.

      540sam on July 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm
    • Dear Sandy,
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful concern! :) We weren't certain till the very last minute whether we'd make the trip! It really was touch and go. Our daughter was trying to stay on her meds even though her voices were ordering her not to take them, at the risk of eternal punishment! Love won over! Bless her heart! It is a horrid disease! Concurrent to that, my severe neuropathy flared internally as well as mobility-wise. I couldn't digest food, so between those two, packing–then traveling were interesting and painful challenges on full airplanes. But we're here in Maine!!! :D Fresh, healing air! Rolling hills! Lobster! The tides and surf at beautiful Pemaquid Point Light! I broke down and tuned the TV JUST for JASON and CHRIS! LOL! Great start to the Crashers! I wrote above to 540SAM about driving by the Waldoboro BC and also seeing the ads being run by the listing agent. That place, as those of us familiar with Maine style and needs, is being advertised simply as for a local, Maine sale. But when a local goes in to see, what they see are sleek and fancy, perhaps impractical or lacking areas which make a beautiful DIY Maine BC less utilitarian, to very practical Mainers. Homes are selling here–just not that one. It is still priced at $675,000 in written ads. The ads don't even mention the barn! Or the amenities. Or anything to elicit an eye-catching draw, for someone to come look–which should be the ad's objective…. Oh well. I'm still emotionally engaged in that place–can you tell? :D
      So pleased with the lower ARV for Atlantic, NC, Blog Cabin! I really do hope someone can make something winning from it–whether a keeper home, or a profitable sale! Aside from missing a 3rd bedroom and lack of storage, inside as well as very needed outside, for all that lounging furniture, I think my only issue that struck me as odd, was the use of multiple types of pathways. We voted on stepping stones, such as the ones on the North side. Those look great! I even don't mind the circular, solar (?) path stones to the dock–if they were used ALL the way. What puzzles me is the use of the tumbled white river rocks, then some other type of stone to the outdoor kitchen? o.0 A bit confusing and uncohesive, IMHO. No question, either the grape vines will have to move or the lovely chairs beneath, for the birds and their "gifts" WILL come! LOL! All in all, this is a super build and DIY Crashers should be proud! You are so right, SID, this year's winner will be one super LUCKY DUCKY!!! Miss you so much! Best of luck to you, Sandy! Thank you again, for your forever thoughtful ways–you're such a special individual!!! (((HUGS))) <3<3<3^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on July 31, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • i am hoping this is the case…..but thinking a little bigger….maybe rent as a wedding site or movie set rental…

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 2:45 am
    • I like your positive thinking!!:D

      nanwes on July 30, 2013 at 11:08 am
    • as they have said where there is a will there is a way……….:):) this house makes me happy……and within a short jaunt to my birthplace

      twoterriers on July 30, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • Never let anyone squash your dreams!:D

      nanwes on July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    • Hello?!
      1031 exchange!

      Silly g on August 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm
    • I'm trying to understand how that might work in this case can you elaborate.

      snorkelboy11 on August 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    • That would be the plan I hope for a couple of weeks every august until I retire.

      zulumom on August 12, 2013 at 7:07 am
    I tried to enter last night around 1:30 in the morning. I guess no one was up yet.

    gmartell54 on July 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  10. I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready, IIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiii'm Ready to WIN this Home!!!!!!!!! xD

    asandmancan on July 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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