SOURCE: Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc.

Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc.

September 15, 2011 09:20 ET

Impac Mortgage Awards $10,000 Grand Prize to Modesto, California Homeowner

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 15, 2011) - Impac Mortgage is proud to announce their $10,000 grand prize winner of their 'Best Home Stories' Facebook contest, as well as the winner of their 'Best Real Estate Agent in the West 2011' award.

Impac Mortgage's 'Best Home Stories' contest recognizes heart-warming and productive stories about the public's path to homeownership, along with positive experiences with real estate agents who went above and beyond to help their clients reach their dreams of homeownership.

The grand prize winner of the 'Best Home Stories' contest is Cynthia Wilson of Modesto, California. Wilson's entry, entitled "Going the Extra Mile", detailed her story of a long and difficult home-buying process, made more arduous by the challenges she faced in finding a home that met her specific needs as a quadruple amputee. Wilson was presented with a $10,000 check in her Modesto home by Ondar Tarlow, First Vice President Director of Marketing for Impac Mortgage, on Sunday, September 11.

Wilson explained that her reason for entering the contest was to try to get positive exposure for her real estate agent and friend, Georgia Bilyeu. "That's all I really cared about. (The $10,000) is just God's way of blessing me so much more," Wilson said.

The winner of the 'Best Real Estate Agent in the West 2011' award is Georgia Bilyeu of PMZ Real Estate in Modesto, California. This honor provides Bilyeu with national press release coverage, as well as an official award seal available to be used on any communication materials she may produce. Bilyeu, as described in Wilson's essay, went above and beyond by working tirelessly to find the right property for Wilson, helping her through a laborious short sale process, and providing continuous emotional support for her throughout the long journey.

"It was a blessing to help (the Wilsons) secure their first home and see how God blessed them with everything they needed and wanted," Bilyeu said. "It is an honor to receive Impac Mortgage's Best Real Estate Agent in the West award."

The 'Best Home Stories' contest, from which the 'Best Real Estate Agent in the West 2011' was selected, ran on Facebook at from August 1 through August 31 across the following seven western states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR and WA. All homeowners age 18 and older residing in one of the above listed states were eligible to participate, with the exception of current employees of Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiaries.

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Excel Mortgage Servicing, Inc., dba Impac Mortgage, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE Amex: IMH) which through its subsidiaries, offers a wide range of integrated consumer and business services within the mortgage and real estate marketplaces.

For questions or comments about the contest, please email Impac Mortgage at

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