February 10, 2017 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - HomeVestors, the We Buy Ugly Houses® company, today announced Tom Beerley, a franchisee in Pennsylvania, is the winner of The Ugliest House Of The Year® 2016 Contest. Beerley’s entry was one of 35 in total from participating franchisees.
Beerley’s ugly house entry was a 1945 two-story run-down home with trash piled throughout. The homeowner’s financial problems had led to the heartbreaking cancellation of trash services, creating hoarding living conditions. Other issues of the once beautiful home included exposed beams, a damaged ceiling, and no running water. Eventually the home was listed for tax auction and sold to Beerley.
“It’s an honor to win the ugliest house contest – the home had a lot of things that needed to be fixed, replaced, and remodeled but I knew there was potential,” said Beerley. “It took $145,000 in renovations and six 30-yard dumpsters to rehab and restore it. While it was a lot of hard work, the toughest part for me was walking through the property after we purchased it, seeing such awful conditions and knowing that someone lived there. I’m glad we were able to make it a beautiful and livable place.”
Beerley is an ex-Microsoft employee who is an owner of an independently owned and operated HomeVestors® franchise, Harvester Properties, Inc., since 2012. His long-held passion for real estate isn’t just about houses – he truly cares about the people who live within them. Beerley helps his clients navigate the modern real estate market and offers them a unique perspective through his sixteen years of experience in the tech industry, combined with ten years of investing and property management roles.
“Tom is a great example of what HomeVestors is all about. Not only did he turn an ugly house into a beautiful home, but like every franchisee, he genuinely cares about his homeowners and their safe living conditions,” said David Hicks, co-president of HomeVestors of America. “I want to thank every franchisee who entered the contest. We enjoyed seeing all of the before and after pictures, as well as reading the stories behind each entry. It spoke to how hard all of our franchisees work and the potential for beauty in every ugly house.”
As the winner of The Ugliest House Of The Year 2016 Contest, Beerley will receive a $1,000 travel voucher. Entries for the contest were selected from a call-for-entries held last fall. Each entry had to be owned by the franchisee in 2016. Most of the homes nominated have been rehabbed and transformed into lovely homes, with some sold on the retail market and others maintained as rental properties. In keeping with HomeVestors of America’s passion for celebrating its hard-working franchisees, the company will be holding The Ugliest House Of The Year Contest again in 2017. Details for the contest will be announced in June at their annual mid-year conference.
Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc. is the largest professional house buying franchise in the U.S., with more than 75,000 houses bought since 1996. HomeVestors® recruits, trains and supports its independently owned and operated franchisees that specialize in building businesses based on buying, rehabbing, selling and holding residential properties. Most commonly known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, HomeVestors strives to make a positive impact in each community. In 2017, for the 12th consecutive year, HomeVestors was among the prestigious Franchise Business Review's "Top Franchises," a distinction awarded to franchisors with the highest level of franchisee satisfaction. In 2017, HomeVestors was recognized as the 21st fastest growing franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and number 52 in the Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine. For more information, visit www.HomeVestors.com.
SOURCE HomeVestors of America, Inc.