Each year HGTV.com and Luxury Portfolio International® partner up for the Ultimate House Hunt, a month-long online contest 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 of HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016, and the contest runs from June 1 through July 8.

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The contest highlights exceptional homes from across the globe in eight categories: Waterfront Homes, Master Retreats, International Homes, Living Large in Small Spaces, Backyard Retreat, Kids’ Spaces, Classic Living, and Making an Entrance. The idea is to capture the imagination of the public with beautiful homes around the world and at a wide variety of price points. The Montecito home shown below is listed for $6.995 million.

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“The Ultimate House Hunt is one of our favorite events each year,” said Rich Lacy, vice president of digital for HGTV.com. “We can always rely on Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® to deliver the most stunning homes for our engaged audience to choose from.”  Homes were selected for their ‘wow’ factor whether it is an unbeatable view, lavish decor, or striking design. Finalists were selected from a large pool of potential homes. The home below on the island of Hawaii is listed for $7.7 million.

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The contest is an annual event, and HGTV has partnered with LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio on the contest since 2014. Last year’s contest attracted over 82 million page views with nearly 900,000 votes cast, proving the enduring appetite for viewing extraordinary real estate. The contest is also a microcosm of the changing tastes of the public. Last year’s overall winning property was a luxuriously rustic lake house in Tiger, Ga., represented by Harry Norman Realtors. Dream Hawaiian homes also fared especially well, with three residences from Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers being voted favorites. In addition to bragging rights, the winning homes will receive additional editorial exposure on HGTV.com. One of the most intriguing categories, the small space category features petite charmers like the Provincetown, Massachusetts boathouse shown below with a Cape Cod Bay view.

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“Each year we look forward to holding this contest with HGTV and selecting the most appealing properties from our members to share. From beautiful waterfront homes to properties with the most stunning master retreats, to the most appealing international properties, the contest showcases the best properties listed for sale,” said Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio International®.

Voting in the contest enters you in a contest to win $10,000. To cast your vote visit:  www.hgtv.com/househunt