Archive for August, 2012


Raffle or Auction?

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Hello all,

I hope you had a great weekend, and stayed away from the political battles out there. I almost hate presidential races because it’s so difficult for us to really hear the truth about a candidate. And what power do they really have once they’re in office?  Can they really keep their promises?

More fun stuff: I gave my grand kids one of those big trampolines with a safety net, and they’re having a ball! Yeah, I got them off the couch and away from video games for awhile.


I’m often asked, “Have you auctioned off any more houses?” Yet an auction is a completely different animal than a raffle. An auction starts with an opening bid amount, and when the bidding stops, the prize goes to the highest bidder. In a raffle, there is no bidding – tickets are sold and at the end, all the sold tickets are represented in a drum and one or more winning tickets are drawn. The purchasers of those winning ticket numbers are then awarded the prizes.

So no, I don’t auction properties, but I have personally raffled two houses, and I help nonprofits, homeowners, Realtors, and even lenders with their house raffles. People contact me from as far away as Russia with their questions about raffling their house, or their vacant lot, or their time-share. Sometimes, I just answer their questions, but sometimes they contract with me to perform one or more of the functions associated with their house raffle.

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To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott


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Church Looking to Raffle a House

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Hello all,

Great weekend here in the land of enchantment. Our weather is cooling some and we’re getting late afternoon showers–yeah!!

Last week I got a question from a nonprofit in New Mexico looking to raise funds to build a new church. They wanted to know if they must be a charity in order to hold a house raffle. The answer is: Not in the state of New Mexico. The gaming control board lists qualified organizations that can hold a raffle as a church, a school, or a nonprofit. The staff at the gaming control board is very helpful, and if you’re unsure if your organization qualifies, a phone call to the gaming board will be very useful.

States that allow house raffles have different regulations in regards to house raffles. So it’s important for an organization looking to hold a house raffle to first check with the gaming board in the state where the nonprofit is incorporated. And if the grand prize home is in a different state, check the regulations in that state also.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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House Raffle in the News

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Hello all,

I’m so impressed with all those athletes competing in the Olympics. They are remarkable people. Did you see Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee from South Africa a sprint runner?  He makes us re-look at what is possible.


I always like to see house raffles working to help a worthy cause. Today I read an article in the Delmarva Daily News regarding the Ocean Pines house raffle to help the volunteer fire department.  That’s neat. This will be their 7th annual house raffle. They’re obviously doing many things right to have successfully pulled this off 6 times now. One comment I have is that in the newspaper article they only listed two ways to  buy tickets through calling the volunteer fire department or coming to the center.

Organizers of a house raffle often don’t look beyond their local community yet people all over the U.S. might be interested to buy a ticket. They might like to win a second home in the Pines or even win an investment property. So let everybody know your having a house raffle. Go big!

In the last house raffle here in New Mexico that I assisted Desert Academy with, we had buyers from Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California and many other states. At the very least, have a website where people can see photos of the grand prize home and read about the area.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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What Others Are Saying:

“The book really does take you through the entire process. I feel like Diane holds your hand from beginning to end from qualifying the grand prize home to what happens after the drawing. I’m a homeowner and I’ve had difficulty selling my beautiful home. Now I know what it takes to sell my home in a raffle. I know exactly what type of nonprofit I need to partner with on my house raffle and what to expect. I’m excited to get started.”

-Karen L. Furguson, Homeowner in Tucson, Arizona

"Consulting with Diane by phone has been invaluable. Her knowledge on the subject of house raffles is enormous, and she has really given us a better understanding of the process as we move forward with our house raffle. She has been more than willing to take the time needed in answering all of our questions. After consulting with Diane, we feel we have a much better chance of putting together a successful house raffle and are excited about making it happen."

Chip Thompson, homeowner in Rehoboth, Delaware

"'I Sold My House in a Raffle' is an excellent example of creative marketing. The best marketers think "out of the box" and Diane shows that you can really sell your house in a raffle!"

-Ali Pervex, International Best Selling Author, 'Get Your Black Belt in Marketing',

“What a great marketing tool! This is a hot new method to get a property sold. My clients love this idea—I already have my first raffle house lined up. I’ll use Diane’s process to get and sell more listings.”

Jack C. Rosemary – California Real Estate Broker, 26 years experience

“I attended Diane’s workshop on February 27th, and she’s got it all together. Not only does she know how to pull off a house raffle but you can tell that she was a teacher because she knows how to convey the information. She broke the process into bite-size pieces and gave us exercises to complete so we were involved. Before anyone attempts a house raffle, they should attend Diane’s workshop–there’s more to it than one could imagine.”

-Ron Thomas, Real Estate Investor for 20 years, Albuquerque, New Mexico