They just released the info on the 2012 version, a riverfront home in Midway, UT:
Great house, as they all have been. But the thing that I find people searching the most on Google is not the house itself, but the tax liability if you win it. I'll modify something I ran last year on that issue:
Lots of inquiries from people wondering what the taxes will be like on the Dream Home. Well, the total value of the award will be considered regular income, so you can expect to pay federal taxes in the highest possible bracket - something like 39%. The state income tax in Utah is 5%, so you can add that too. Add to that the property taxes that will be due each year on this very expensive property, and the registration and taxes on the truck, and you've got quite a nut to crack before you can consider living there. And that doesn't begin to count the day-to-day utilities and maintenance costs. That's why there aren't any winners that I know of actually living in the houses they won.Get your calculators out, folks. According to the official rules the total prize package (house, furnishings, vehicle + $500K in cash) is worth $2,038,755. There is, however, a cash option if you choose not to take title on the house. That option is $800,000 cash for the house plus the $500,000 cash prize plus the 2012 GMC Terrain SLT2 - total value $1,337,755. That'll buy a lot of nights in luxury hotels and still pay all the taxes.
If this drawing goes like all but one of the previous 15, the winner will never move in. And the one guy that did take the house couldn't afford to keep it and later had to sell. It's a great marketing idea for HGTV and their sponsors, but probably not a practical house for most people.
I'll take the cash.