Craig couple fares poorly in attempt to sell house

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A Craig couple who was inspired by to sell their home through an essay contest is not having much luck.

Jeff and Tajuana Helms have received no entries for a contest to win their modular home located west of Craig on a 5-acre site.

"We're wondering if the Steamboat contest might have hurt us a little bit," said Tajuana Helms, who started the contest in February.

"We heard different people saying things about the Steamboat contest and them continuing the contest several times and people saying they didn't stand by their original regulations."

The Steamboat Springs homeowners extended their deadline several times. The original deadline was Oct. 23. The contest finally ended April 30, but even then the family continued to wait on entries and didn't officially end the contest until May.

The Helms' 1,287-square-foot, three bedroom, two bath home comes at a much cheaper price. It's worth about $125,000. The Helms are looking for 2,500 people to send in a $50 fee.

"We're hoping a miracle can happen by the end of July," she said.

Helms said unlike the Steamboat couple, they don't plan on extending their July 31 deadline unless "it's close."

"If it's not even close, the checks will be returned," Helms said.

People interested in the contest can visit Helms' Web site at www.Craig contest.com or call 826-4835. (Frances Hohl is a reporter for the Steamboat Springs Pilot/Today.)

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