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Readers Respond: How Would You Pay the Taxes on the HGTV Dream Home?

Responses: 428


Sell or Reverse mortgage

My family and I would be very happy and overwhelmed to win the Dreamhome. But then reality would set in and I would know I couldn't afford to keep, as much as I would love to keep it, I would have to sell the home to pay for the taxes. Then I would have enough money to remodel my home. Thankyou all for the opportunity to have the chance to do this....
—Guest Rinda Law


I will wait until I get the call that I am the winner, then I would work on the tax problem.
—Guest TEN1942

take the money

Even though the houses are beautiful, if the taxes were too high, I would take the money only option and let the house go back to the HGTV staff. I entered the 2011 green home contest knowing I would not be living in the home in the long run. So, the money only option could be better than worrying over selling it.
—Guest marie

Taxes would be paid with lots of help

To be blessed in a lifetime with such a gift, would be mind blowing and an unbelievable event.
—Guest With God's Blessings!

Open a small business

Open a photograhy studio and go into real estate. If that doesn't cut it I'd rent it while I do these things for about a year that should take care of taxes. While blessing me with the business I always wanted. Give glory to God and watch the looks on my family's faces
—Guest jesca simmons

I'd flip!!!

I would be so happy to give my family the life we deserve whether it be keeping or selling it. I would have to talk it out with them and ultimately make my decision. Were all going through extremely hard times right now and my family has been completely ripped apart just trying to find any place to stay. I'd thank god every day if I won because I'd be able to bring us all together!!! But like I said, I'm not sure if I would be able to keep the house although I'd love to if my family and I could all work together for taxes.
—Guest Melody

How to pay the taxes on your Dream Home

Luxury Home rental. I work in Sunriver Oregon as a luxury home housecleaner. The amount of money people get for renting house out is outragous. It would more than pay the taxes and a good income as well.
—Guest Mary Barbi Dunham

keep an enjoy!

my husband loves to ski an hunt we are moving in.paying taxes having a great life.
—Guest Pamela Ellis

Mine!! All Mine!!!

As my Granddaddy use to say, "There are only two for sure things in life, and they are "death and taxes". As I am not dead, yet, I would pay the taxes from the equity in my current home + savings. If you want something badly enough you'll find a way. My family and friends (+ new friends) would surely enjoy the home along with me. The taxes would get paid. Thanks for the opportunity. Can't wait to see if I win! Come on down and take me to Stowe, VT.
—Guest Patricia

Sell The House...

I really love the Dream House. It is a wonderful blessing, one that is Heaven sent for the purpose I need. The taxes WILL BE PAID, for where there is a will, there is a way. However, if I had to sell, it would be a little after I have spent sometime savoring the excitement and enjoying the dream.

Raise Cash by Selling Current Home

I would sell my existing home if it bought enough money
—Guest jeanne hough

love it

It depends on what the taxes are. if the taxes are less than my mortgage now, then it is well worth it. If they are too high then I can rent it out perhaps 1/2 the year to pay the taxes.
—Guest Jason

Winning This Awesome Prize

I can barley wait to hear who wins this amazing prize package. I am not worried about how I am going to pay the taxes. Just so excited. I need a car and money so this would be the perfect prize for me.
—Guest Judith Hock


If I was blessed to win a dream home, I would make it work
—Guest Annette

Don't Worry About The Taxes

HGTV will give you $650,000 in lieu of the home, plus they will give you $500,000 and a new car to boot! Now that's a good deal if I have ever heard of one!!!!
—Guest Judith Hock

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