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Enter Now for Your Chance to Win Blog Cabin 2014!

The wait is over! You’ve toured every room of Blog Cabin 2014, and now you can enter for a chance to win the luxurious lakeside retreat.

From now until September 12, 2014, you can enter twice online per day — once on and once on — for your chance to win the Blog Cabin 2014 prize package, valued at almost $900,000.

No time like the present for your very first entry!

Enter the Blog Cabin 2014 Sweepstakes on >>

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older.  Ends 9/12/14.  To enter and for complete details and odds, visit

  • Posted at 9:02 am on July 7, 2014
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  1. B) Made my first two entries and am so hopeful that I will win. Good luck everyone and don't forget to enter twice every day.

    Joycein NJ on July 28, 2014 at 9:39 am
  2. Good Morning Bloggers! Just entered to win this Beautiful Home. Good luck everyone!
    Maria, NJ.

    Maria Del Pilar on July 28, 2014 at 9:59 am
  3. So excited about this one!!! First entries done, long time to wait, hope it will be worth it. Good luck friends

    kblakemaine on July 28, 2014 at 10:16 am
  4. Is there a cash option in lieu of the house, like there usually is on HGTV network giveaways? Didn't see it in the rules. Thanks.

    Elaine on July 28, 2014 at 10:17 am
    • No, unless something happens and they can't give the house away (as with Blog Cabin 2009). Then they substitute the cash value of the house. Not sure what happens with the money and the boat in the event the house becomes unavailable.

      Sally on July 28, 2014 at 10:22 am
    • Thank you for the clarification.

      Elaine on July 28, 2014 at 10:26 am
    • I remember that happening, but don't remember why they weren't able to give the house away.

      nanwes on July 29, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • The below is from the official rules.

      "The Grand Prize cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash except at Main Sponsor's sole discretion. Main Sponsor (Scripps Network) reserves the right to substitute any prize, or portions thereof, with a prize of comparable or greater value".

      MAOW on July 28, 2014 at 10:30 am
    • No. The Blog Cabins in the past did not have a cash option either. Only the HGTV ones have a cash option.

      lillian_gish on July 28, 2014 at 10:55 am
    • I'm worried about the same thing… Surely, they wouldn't make it so that only a rich person could afford to win this cabin due to the tax burden? If so, that saddens me. I wish Scribbs (the sponsers) would clarify the vagueness of the rules to let us know for sure if there is a cash escape, like the HGTV Dream and Smart Homes offer… Some may say just sell it, and I could be wrong, but I believe you have to sell it and close on the sale in the SAME year that you win it, in order not to be taxed on what the sponsers say is the winning value vs. what you actually sold the cabin for. There's simply not enough time left in the year to get it listed, sold, and closed on, most likely. Sigh! I hope that the sponsers clarify if they are going to offer a cash escape, so those of us who are not rich won't be afraid to enter. It's sad to give up a dream. Again, sigh!

      Hesitantly Excited on July 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    • I think it's very clear "The Grand Prize cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash except at Main Sponsor's sole discretion". The winner could try asking Scripps if they or the builders wish to buy it back but they're under no obligation to do so. Possession for tax purposes is from the moment the winner accepts the prize. They can, the same day, instruct a realtor to market it long before they even visit (presuming they wish to).

      The ARV that's given for the prize ($891,000) is not the taxable value unless the winner does nothing for a while. Tax is determined by either the sale price if sold within a reasonable period of time (months rather than years) or a Fair Market Value (FMV) which can be established using comparable size homes in the vicinity (both neighbors are about the same size as the BC and appear to be valued at hundreds of thousands less) or several professional valuations obtained about the time of winning.

      Historically, most Blog Cabins that have been sold have gone within weeks of the winners being notified. All for a little less than the ARV. :)

      AnniesOwn on July 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    • I think the visit is mandatory, or has been in the past and is in other HGTV (which includes DIY network) giveaways.

      minitoni on July 29, 2014 at 9:19 am
    • It hasn't been mandatory in any BC's up to now but many things have changed so it may be now. With the first 3 Blog Cabins that were actually given away (2007, 8 & 2010) the winners never visited and in two cases sold the house within a few weeks of winning. .

      Sally on July 29, 2014 at 9:23 am
    • I stand corrected. THanks!Sent from my iPad

      minitoni on July 29, 2014 at 11:10 am
    • I saw some homes quite larger that sold for less than the blog cabin, plus they had an attached garage, which adds to the value also and they have actual driveways.

      nanwes on July 29, 2014 at 10:21 am
    • Hesitantly Excited, I have won several sweepstakes so I can answer this for you definitively. You file the value of your winnings as income in the NEXT year, just as you do for your regular income. You will pay taxes on your regular 2014 income by April 2015. Similarly, you would owe taxes on the value of a home you won in 2014 by April 2015.

      Lindingo on July 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    • Thank you, congrats on your past sweepstakes wins! How exciting! If you have time, please clarify the following, which will determine whether or not I can risk entering this: Do you know if you can get any sort of deduction off FUTURE taxes if the home sells for less AFTER 2014? Sometimes homes take MONTHS to sell, so there's no guarantee that the cabin would sell before the end of 2014. It would be reassuring to know whether or not after one somehow come up with the 2014 tax burden by April 15, 2015; if the cabin sold for substantially less in 2015, could you get a deduction on your 2015 taxes filed by April 15, 2016 to get some of that tax payment back IF the cabin sold for lots less than what the IRS previously accepted as the fair market value? Or, is the fair market value set in stone by the end of 2014? Thanks in advance.

      Hesitantly Excited on July 29, 2014 at 10:09 am
    • You can make arrangements to delay payment of the taxes too, I'm fairly certain.

      Hey, tell the IRS your dog ate the paperwork or that you got an email from them saying it'd be okay to delay the payment. :D

      nanwes on July 29, 2014 at 10:25 am
    • It's extremely unlikely that will work. Delaying usually results in paying interest on the due amount also. The IRS know all about these contests and the excuses people use to try to put off the tax. There's no harm in trying though, just don't get into the Don Cruze situation. He also tried to put off the tax on an HGTV DH and was unsuccessful, resulting in him loosing everything eventually when he was forced to sell to pay the back tax.

      Get sound financial advice from an independent Financial Advisor (not necessarily a accountant) and never take advice from friends and family or bloggers like me. ;)

      Sally on July 29, 2014 at 10:33 am
    • Ha Ha, nanwes! I wouldn't try that, but you made me laugh. Guess I'd take out a home equity loan if the house didn't sell in time before taxes were due, then I'd pay off the equity loan and interest with the proceeds from the future sale. (And just HOPE it sells before I had to start making payments on the home equity loan!) But, the FIRST expense that would be a PRIORITY essential would be to get homeowner's insurance. Best wishes to you!

      Hesitantly Excited on July 29, 2014 at 11:02 am
    • Home equity loans are dependent on your ability to service the loan, not the value of the property, first & foremost. If you were looking to pay tax on $891,000 you would need something in the region of $300,000 ($350,000 if you need to pay state income tax also). That would mean monthly repayment of about $1250 – $1475 at todays rates. If the FMV of the house is established lower you would pay less. Maybe you can use the $50,000 cash to keep these payments up until you can sell. The cash addition certainly gives people some breathing room. :D

      Good thinking on the homeowners insurance. Blog Cabins 2011 & 2013 had hurricanes pass close by during construction. A few months later they would have been the winners, not DIY's insurance issue. :)

      Sally on July 29, 2014 at 11:22 am
    • Sally, I had forgotten about the $50,000 cash, thanks for the friendly reminder. Yep, that's what I would use to make the home equity loan payments until the cabin sold–AFTER buying homeowner's insurance as priority one. I'm new to these sweepstakes, so didn't know about the close calls in the past with hurricanes. Scary!

      Hesitantly Excited on July 30, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • Hesitantly Excited,

      Sorry, I am no tax expert. To get a solid answer you can ask the IRS.

      Click on your state to see where your local offices are. Under "services provided" it says something like "answering general tax questions." They really do that. Go in person if you can, because they will take you more seriously. My experience is that they are always polite and even perk up at unusual questions that break up the monotony.

      A simpler suggestion is this. Just enter. You can always turn it down it you win and then learn the financial situation won't work for you. If you DO win, you will be able to ask your questions to knowledgeable people before you decide to accept the prize. No one ever has to accept any prize just because they got picked. If you decide No, they will just pick someone else. No problem. :)

      I won a $4,000 jewelry prize in a December because the person initially chosen decided not to accept it due to the taxes. I was panicked about the taxes, too, but I asked if the sponsor if would delay delivery to me until January and they said Sure. I was thrilled–it gave me a whole year to save up for the taxes. In that case the tax rule was that the prize was not income to me until I actually RECEIVED it. :)

      And thanks for your "congrats!" Yes, it really is a thrill when things like that happen. I won a trip to Florida and got to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first and only time in my life. What a joy. I won a flat screen tv when channels didn't even go to three digits, at least not in the real world. Later I won a 57 inch flat screen. I could never have bought these things I won and only had to pay taxes on. I quit when contests started involving liking things on social media etc., but it was a blast while I did it. :)

      Lindingo on July 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    • Wow, you have had some exciting experiences, Lindingo. You were so smart on how you handled the taxes on your jewelry prize, I wouldn't have thought of that! You've helped convince me to start entering, thanks. I don't believe in gambling with money, like playing the lottery or buying a bunch of postage, but when these sweepstakes are absolutely free to enter, and since they make it so EASY to enter online, I am going for it. It's so quick, too, so not like I'm spending all my TIME, either. Thanks again for the insight. I'm not so worried about the taxes anymore. This is FUN.

      Hesitantly Excited on July 30, 2014 at 10:24 am
    • You're one of us now. One Of Us. lol

      Lindingo on July 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    • I looked up the taxes and it is between 6,000 and 8,000 a year that is affordable.

      Holly on August 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    • That's just property tax. You have to pay income tax on the total prize value and it's due April next year. That will be between $300,000 – $350,000.

      Property tax of $8000 pa (probably on the low side if that house value of $791,000 is real) is steep for many then there's Florida boat tax on the boat if the winner keeps it. The winner will need to have a sizeable amount of equity in their present home and a decent income to be able to afford to keep this house and all that goes with it. Plus it looks like it will need quite a lot of upkeep – 5 acres and a dock is a lot of work.

      Bobby21 on August 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm
  5. I love a good reason to get happy! Excited for everyone to have a go at this!

    eMc on July 28, 2014 at 10:25 am
  6. I just entered as well, good luck everyone!

    Daffie on July 28, 2014 at 10:55 am
  7. I just entered and ready to move in . Good Luck to Everyone and God Bless

    Joyce I. Graham on July 28, 2014 at 10:57 am
  8. The below link connects to the PRESS RELEASE posted today for the 2014 Blog Cabin.

    MAOW on July 28, 2014 at 11:05 am
    • Great link

      BlairSinclair on July 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    • Fun! Thanks! Grundy always makes me smile. Grundy with cash? Priceless!

      TwoCorgis on July 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm
    • Thanks!

      Hesitantly Excited on July 29, 2014 at 10:42 am
    • thank you for sharing Great AD!

      funny girl on July 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  9. Virginia, would you be able to disengage the July 11TH blog post from automatically coming on? It takes longer now as the postings grow , to scroll down every time to stop the racket it makes….Thank you so very much for any consideration you can give this matter….

    joanlife on July 28, 2014 at 11:10 am
    • Yes, please. Thank you thank you thank you.

      Lindingo on July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    • I just mute the speakers on my computer.

      millie on July 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm
    • Me, too, but my computer is fifteen years old and s l o w . . . .

      Lindingo on July 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm
  10. So exciting!!! LOVE the outdoor spaces! Blessings:)

    iamflourishing on July 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

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