First-Time Homebuyers Can Rhyme With Good Reason

Sep 30, 2009, 13:01 ET from American Home Shield

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ --

    Buying your 1st home can really be fun
    Write a rhyme when u r done
    Submit it online
    a Tweet is just fine
    Great prizes are yours to be won!

If buying your first home makes you wax poetic, here's a good reason to rhyme: you could land up to $4,000 in prizes if you submit the winning entry in time.

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Now through October 31, American Home Shield (AHS) is asking first-time home buyers to describe their experience in an online limerick contest on the popular social networking site, Twitter.

The writer of the winning "Twitterick" (as the limericks are called) will receive a housewarming prize package to help them get settled in nicely: a $3,000 Sears gift card, an American Home Shield home warranty, and a $500 ServiceMaster gift card (redeemable for home service brands such as Terminix, TruGreen, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and more).

"Buying your first home should be a fun and memorable experience, and writing a Twitterick is a great way to express that joy," said Nicole Ritchie, communication director for American Home Shield, a leading provider of home warranty coverage.

The contest is available by going to, the AHS website dedicated to all first-time homebuyers, whether they're looking for their first home or if they've just moved in. A custom-written guide, house-hunting tips, money-saving coupons, important information about tax credits, and advice about avoiding the high cost of unexpected repairs with home warranty coverage are all available on the website.

What if rhyming just isn't your thing? Are you left in the cold, without a prize to hold?

Not necessarily, according to the team at AHS, who have also put together a weekly Twitter contest with no rhyming skills required. Simply go online to the website and update your Twitter status with a specific message and you'll be eligible for a weekly random drawing for a $100 Sears gift card. No purchase is necessary but you must be at least 18 years old to win.

Full rules and details about both contests are available at Contestants are asked to follow @1stHome on Twitter, where they can view previously submitted Twittericks and check to see announcements of weekly winners.

About American Home Shield

American Home Shield helped found the home warranty industry in 1971 and remains an industry leader in home warranties, servicing 1.3 million customers across 49 states. The Memphis-based company operates three customer service centers, employs over 1,800 employees and over 11,000 approved, independently insured contractors nationwide. AHS customers have total accessibility to request service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and AHS will arrange for the contractor to call you during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. American Home Shield is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands, one of the world's largest and most versatile service networks. The company's brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec.

About ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster currently serves residential and commercial customers through a network of more than 5,500 company-owned locations and franchised licenses. The company's brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec. The core services of the company include lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home warranties, cleaning and disaster restoration, house cleaning, furniture repair and home inspection.

SOURCE American Home Shield