Last Night to Take Your Photo & Enter To Win!

Tuesday December 11th, 2012

We're counting down the last hours to submit your entries for Bahamas Realty's Holiday Home Showcase 2012! The entry deadline is 4pm Wednesday December 12th and excitement is building as more prizes continue to be announced. The latest is a $200 gift certificate from Rocky Farms Nursery, just added to the 3rd prize package.

The Grand Prize is $1,000 gift certificate from Builder's Mall and a $500 donation from Bahamas Realty to the charity of the winners choice (from approved list). The main portion of the competition is open to Nassau and Paradise Island locations, as the top 5 finalists will be judged in person on the evening of December 18th.

However, our friends in the Family Islands and Grand Bahama may enter to win The People's Choice Award. This is open to the entire Bahamas and the prize of $500 in BEC Bucks will certainly get the "Likes" and "Shares" flying on Facebook. Vote December 13th - 18th at www.facebook.com/bahamasrealty.

I encourage anyone who has decorated outside even a little, to snap one photo and send it in. It's easy! Submit entries by email to holiday@bahamasrealty.bs , drop off at Bahamas Realty's office on East Bay St. just before Waterloo and now you can enter on on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bahamasrealty!

It's not a photo contest, but the People's Choice Award will be judged on Facebook by the public. It could come down to who has the most active friends on Facebook, sharing and liking their entry photo.

We are honoured to have our esteemed and very busy judges back for the 2nd year: Stan Burnside (Artist, Cartoonist, Educator); Elaine Pinder (Entrepreneur and CEO of Bamboo Shack & Frankie Gone Bananas); Giovanni Stuart (TV Producer, Official iReporter); Ethelyn Lundy (Landscape Architect, Interior Designer); and standing in for her husband, Robin, this year is Andrea Brownrigg (Director at Bahamas Realty, Broker).

Recalling his judging experience last year fondly, Giovanni Stuart remarked "I was amazed at the unique Christmas creativity showcased by all the families. It was a tough call, but of course, it was Lucky 13 that won in the end! I'm looking forward to seeing much more island cheer and this year's ultimate Bahamas Winter Wonderland."

As Showcase Coordinator again, the best part will be reconnecting with the wonderful families and judges I got to know last year, and of course, anticipating the festive surprises in store for us this year. We've had visions of Christmas lights dancing in our heads for months here at Bahamas Realty, as we worked to coordinate the Holiday Home Showcase and now it's almost time to get the entries up on Facebook and see who the finalists will be!

Entries don't need to be elaborate. We are looking for the "jolly factor" and how it makes us feel when viewed from the street. We hope this competition encourages more of us to decorate, making the Bahamas festive and magical for our children at this most special time of year.

Thank you to our sponsors: Builders Mall stores on Wulff Rd. (Tile King, FYP and The Paint Centre plus Liquid Courage); Jolly Roger and Paint Suppliers, Shirley St.; AG Electric, Jerome Ave; Seven Seas, Nassau Agencies, Rocky Farms Nursery and of course BEC, for The People’s Choice!