A new TV room, and then some

"HomeTeam," the nationally syndicated motivational TV series that lends first-time home buyers a hand in realizing the American Dream, is looking for people in the Seattle area who need a new home.

The weekly reality hour seeks applicants who have never owned a home and want one but may have had trouble putting together a down payment. Typically "HomeTeam" selects a family from nominees through its Web site www.ht-tv.com in a given geographic area, then buys an undervalued property and enlists the friends and relatives of the recipients in remodeling the house before the surprise unveiling to the lucky family, who are given no advance inkling of their good fortune.

They receive down payment and closing costs up to 15 percent of the cost of acquiring the home, up to $20,000 of improvements and furnishings and up to $18,000 toward the first year's mortgage payments. They are offered coaching in budgeting and credit. Sponsors such as LAY'S® Brand potato chips and Levitz Furniture sweeten the pot for "HomeTeam" recipients.

Anyone in Seattle who wishes to apply or nominate friends (third- party nominations are accepted) should visit www.ht-tv.com to down- load an application. Entries must be received by Hometeam.com Inc. no later than June 15.

"HomeTeam" is seen in Seattle and its surroundings on KONG Channel 6 on Saturdays at 5 p.m. The lucky family and their new home are scheduled to be revealed to the world during early fall 2007.

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