CHICAGO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® are proud to announce the start of the 2017 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt, a month-long online promotion 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 for the contest, which runs from June 13 through July 18.
The contest highlights exceptional homes from across the globe in eight categories, including two new categories this year, Kitchen & Dining and Modern Masterpieces. Other categories are Curb Appeal, Outdoor Retreats, Living Large in Small Spaces, Great Estates, Waterfront Homes, and International Homes. All featured homes are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®. Consumers can choose their favorite, and a winner is chosen at the end, including the highly coveted overall fan favorite award.
"The Ultimate House Hunt is very popular with our audience," said Rich Lacy, vice president, Digital Brand Creative & Food.com for Scripps Networks. "Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® represent the most beautiful homes throughout the world, and it is always exciting to see which properties resonate most with our voters."
Last year's contest saw over one million votes cast, illustrating the ongoing fascination with homes all around the world. This year's finalists include listings in 14 countries from 48 companies: @properties, Alain Pinel Realtors; Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Arizona Best Real Estate; Bailey Properties; Barfoot & Thompson Ltd; Beacham & Company, REALTORS; Bennion Deville Homes; Brown Harris Stevens of The Hamptons; Chas Everitt International Property Group; Chase International; Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc.; Ebby Halliday Realtors; EWM Realty International; First Team Real Estate; Florida Executive Realty; Gibson International Inc.; Grupo Actua Properties; Harry Norman, REALTORS; Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers; Houlihan Lawrence; Immobilsarda; Jawitz Properties Ltd; JK Property & Yachting; John Daugherty, Realtors; John R Wood Properties; Keefe Real Estate, Inc.; Lost Tree Realty; LX Costa Rica; McEnearney Associates; McGuire Real Estate; Michael Saunders & Company; Paragon Real Estate; Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc.; Premier Estate Properties, Inc.; Rahim & Co International; ReeceNichols Real Estate; Sea Island Properties; Sibarth Real Estate; Smiths Gore Limited; Sunshine Properties; The Whistler Real Estate Co.; Turks & Caicos Property; Weichert REALTORS Coastal Properties; WETAG Consulting; William Raveis Real Estate; Willis Allen Real Estate and Windermere Real Estate.
In addition to bragging rights, the winning homes will receive additional editorial exposure on HGTV.com.
"Each year we look forward to joining with HGTV and working with them to source the world's best listings from our members to share. With two new categories, this year, we are excited to discover which of our members' desirable properties will capture the hearts and minds of the HGTV audience," 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 565 companies and 130,000 sales associates in 65 countries. Network members generate over 1.1 million transactions annually, with $368 billion in 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 marketed over 50,000 luxury homes to over three million high-net-worth visitors last year.
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