CHICAGO, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® are proud to announce the beginning of the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt, a month-long online contest held on HGTV.com each year. HGTV has joined forces with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® as the exclusive real estate partners of HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt 2016. The contest runs from June 1 through July 8.
The contest highlights exceptional homes from across the globe in eight exciting categories: Waterfront Homes, Master Retreats, International Homes, Living Large in Small Spaces, Backyard Retreat, Kids' Spaces, Classic Living, Making an Entrance, and Curb Appeal. All featured homes are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®. Consumers vote for their favorite, and a winner is chosen at the end.
"The Ultimate House Hunt is one of our favorite events each year," said Rich Lacy, vice president of digital for HGTV.com. "We can always rely on Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® to deliver the most stunning homes for our engaged audience to choose from."
The contest is an annual event, and HGTV has partnered with LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio on the contest since 2014. Last year's contest attracted over 82 million page views with nearly 900,000 votes cast, proving the enduring appetite for viewing extraordinary real estate. The contest is also a microcosm of the changing tastes of the public. Last year's overall winning property was a luxuriously rustic lake house in Tiger, Ga., represented by Harry Norman Realtors. Dream Hawaiian homes also fared especially well, with three residences from Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers being voted favorites. In addition to bragging rights, the winning homes will receive additional editorial exposure on HGTV.com.
"Each year we look forward to holding this contest with HGTV and selecting the most appealing properties from our members to share. From beautiful waterfront homes to properties with the most stunning master retreats to the most appealing international properties, the contest showcases the best properties listed for sale," said Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio International®.
To view the contest and cast your vote, visit: www.hgtv.com/househunt
America's leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products, as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.
About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate companies, with over 550 companies and 128,000 sales associates in over 55 countries. Last year, the network generated over one million transactions valued at $351 billion in annual home sales. LeadingRE exists to make its members better by connecting them to opportunities and people around the globe, supporting them with an international referral network, professional development programs, unique events and connections to people and opportunities worldwide.
About Luxury Portfolio International®
Luxury Portfolio International® (www.LuxuryPortfolio.com) is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by many of the world's most powerful independent luxury brokerages. Luxury Portfolio International attracts a global audience of visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month and last year marketed over 50,000 luxury homes to over three million high-net-worth visitors.
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