Press Release

One More Time for the Homebuyer’s Rhyme

Homebuyers have cause for joy

Their taxes reduced, oh boy!

If they rhyme their elation

In a Tweet celebration

Prizes are theirs to enjoy

March 20, 2010 6:00 PM EDT

This can be a great time for American homebuyers. They can earn tax credits and potentially win prizes if they purchase a home before April 30 of this year.

Congress has extended the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 until April 30. The act provides a tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time homebuyers purchasing a principal residence. To celebrate the extension, American Home Shield (AHS), a leader in home service plan protection for homeowners, has launched a new contest in which homebuyers can win up to $4,000 in prizes just by posting a rhyming Twitter message.

AHS’s “Twitterick” contest for 2010 invites qualified homebuyers to submit a rhyme on Twitter. The rhyme should describe your home buying experience and be written in the style of a limerick. Complete rules are available at AHS newly revised website,

AHS sponsored a Twitterick contest for homebuyers in 2009. The winner was Chris Swanson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“The first contest was so much fun, we decided to do it again,” said Nicole Ritchie, communications director for American Home Shield. “The tax credit extension provides another great opportunity for homeowners to express their happiness in a Twitterick.”

For those who may struggle with poetry, American Home Shield offers a second way to win. Simply go online and update your Twitter status with a specific message that is available on the FirstHomeExperience website and you’ll be eligible for a weekly random drawing for a $100 Sears gift card. No purchase is necessary but you must be at least 18 years old to win.

In addition to contest information, homebuyers who go to the website can obtain lots of great information about buying a house, as well as money-saving coupons and special offers.

About American Home Shield

American Home Shield helped found the home warranty industry in 1971 and remains an industry leader in home service plans, servicing 1.3 million customers across 49 states. The Memphis-based company operates three customer service centers, employs over 1,800 employees and over 11,000 approved, independently insured contractors nationwide. AHS customers have total accessibility to request service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and AHS will arrange for the contractor to call you during normal business hours to schedule an appointment. American Home Shield is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands, one of the world’s largest and most versatile service networks. The company’s brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec.

About ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster currently serves residential and commercial customers through a network of more than 5,500 company-owned locations and franchised licenses. The company’s brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec. The core services of the company include lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home warranties, cleaning and disaster restoration, house cleaning, furniture repair and home inspection.



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