Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)

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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Perhaps a replica of your brokerage office might be a cute idea...

Nov 29, 2018 09:37 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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I like winning contests, I would go all out, plan to incorporate some moving parts in it. Maybe use a small water pump to create a water feature. Make sure to use  Gold Trim & coat every piece in chocolate. Maybe put some wheels on it & call it a Mobile Ginger Bread Home. And plant a Money Tree in the Front Lawn. Let me know if you need help Francine Viola  

Nov 29, 2018 09:59 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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Consider your gingerbread house depicted on a large platter that contains only gingerbread crumbs with a fabricated dog looking on with that 'I'didn't do it" look.

There will be LOTS of houses made and keep in mind, the dog will be equally complex to construct.

 

Nov 29, 2018 10:21 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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That's a fun concept!  I like Maria Sapio's idea of the brokerage.  Although, I also like the idea of secretly making one of the Broker's house (may take some digging to find their house though... which makes it more fun).  Other famous houses in history might be good too.  If there was some way to do a log cabin style home, that would be good. 

 

I did a google search on "Gingerbread Castle" and found some sweet designs.  Kohls has a great commercial right now that shows "competitive parents" making their own gingerbread houses and the husband makes a nice looking castle.

Nov 29, 2018 10:06 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Sorry, Francine... but in my entire life I've never done a gingerbread house... so don't even know how to go there.

Nov 29, 2018 10:00 AM
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Bob Crane
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What is the nicest home in your area that you would like to list, use it for the contest. then donate it to the owners and tell them why you used their home for a model.

Nov 29, 2018 09:59 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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     Make it taste really good... break off samples for the Judges.

Nov 29, 2018 09:56 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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A for sale sign in the front yard, and one of those Saint Joseph statues.

Nov 29, 2018 09:54 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Could you make one of the Space Needle?

Waterfront?
Hunting Lodge?

Brew Pub? (Y'all cray over craft beers - my stepson is a rep for a co up in Tacoma)

Nov 29, 2018 09:41 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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It must have a 'SOLD' sign in front of it, with the company name on the sign!

Nov 29, 2018 10:59 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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No ideas but the representative answers prove once again that creativity is alive and well on ActiveRain.

Nov 29, 2018 10:42 AM
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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
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I recently saw some very creative Gingerbread "Lighthouses" on Pinterest and thought that would be a great idea.  There are so many awesome suggestions here, so many creative minds.  

Nov 29, 2018 12:32 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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I have not ideas. But for sure wishing to you to WIN!

Nov 29, 2018 01:18 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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That is very nice to have in the office contest like that. 

I buy a kit and we do home with my son.

 

Nov 29, 2018 12:51 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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do the White House with Red Trees in the windows....

Nov 29, 2018 11:18 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Make it a split level.

Nov 29, 2018 10:09 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have fun with your construction.

The kids would love these...

Image result for Longwood Gardens gingerbread house

Nov 29, 2018 12:05 PM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Here's an off the wall idea.  How about making a gingerbread "house" on your historic namesake, the armored cruiser USS Olympia?  She was the flagship of Admiral Dewey at the historic Battle of Manila Bay and she returned home the remains of the soldier from World War I that was buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  She was home to thousands of US Navy sailors in her 20 plus years of service.   She is currently a museum in Philadelphia on the Delaware River beside the Hyatt Regency.

 

Nov 29, 2018 11:53 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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I wish I could help Francine Viola but my skill would be limited to gluing gram crackers together.

Nov 29, 2018 11:49 AM
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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AR has the MOST creative people! How about doing a Christmas village? You know, a shop, a school, a bank or bakery, and of course a real estate office!

Nov 29, 2018 11:16 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
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Ooh, My MIL always had these for the grandkids and I'm doing one for my past clients. Shredded wheat or hershey bars make good roofs. Necco wafers are good to decorate the house with too. We always loved when the kids got creative and made things like Santa on a jet ski or something crazy like that to go along with their house. You could also do a sports themed one. You could do a local business or something like the SPCA.

Nov 29, 2018 11:15 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Check Pinterest

Nov 29, 2018 10:42 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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No clue.  Good luck with the contest.  Maybe post photos of the finish products and the winner.

Nov 29, 2018 04:02 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Baking and me are not to be used in the same sentence!

Nov 29, 2018 03:45 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Just have fun ... and enjoy the process. 

Nov 29, 2018 01:46 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Some recognizable landmark from your town? It's probably easier said than done... Just have fun with it!

Nov 29, 2018 10:35 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Francine,

As I read the comments I marveled at the creativity of the group.  I think I saw some beautiful kits at Cost Plus the other day.  And Amazon has some also.  You could combine several and make a neighborhood.  A

Nov 29, 2018 10:33 AM
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Sam Shueh
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Some hungury agent will eat the house.

 

Nov 30, 2018 05:26 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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i'm not sure i'd be interested in building a cookie house just to win... I've done enough gingerbread houses with my kids.... 

so maybe my idea in this case: allow those agents who have kids bring them and build, in addition to that allow them judge what house is the best, record it or post live online:)  Everyone will have fun. 

Nov 30, 2018 12:18 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That sounds like so much fun.  I love building, love ginger bread houses and love contests.  

Nov 29, 2018 05:23 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Look into the different molds one can buy for the custom touches/finishes and use a pleasant type "smell good" product for the finish (car fresheners?)

Nov 30, 2018 07:55 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Beyond my expertise.

Nov 30, 2018 07:53 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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Cute ideas in these answers! How fun!! Good luck. Show us a picture when you are done!

Nov 29, 2018 11:15 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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historic home in your market would be cool.

Nov 29, 2018 09:06 PM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
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 Francine Viola  I just googled  "creative gingerbread house"  and it is amazing how much information and photos are there. Sounds like fun. Would love to see the finished house.

Nov 29, 2018 07:24 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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No.

Nov 29, 2018 05:17 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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What a fun contest, sorry but I do not have anything.

Dec 04, 2018 12:26 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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I am not very creative, so reading comments.   Sounds like a fun event! 

Dec 03, 2018 04:32 PM
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William Feela
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Chocolate...everyone loves chocolate

Nov 30, 2018 06:49 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Modeling one after homes on the Historic Registry could be interesting. There are several with distinctive attributes which gingerbread construction could replicate. Use fondant for the connective structural aspects and frosting for aesthetic appeal. Know that it can be quite tedious!

Nov 30, 2018 10:24 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Parked and reading...

Nov 30, 2018 07:42 AM