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Dec
06

BIG HOUSE RAFFLE

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Hello all,

I hope you’re enjoying the “warm winter” we’re having. This weekend, I enjoyed the pool at the local high school.

On January 11th, the Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle will have their drawing for a 4.1 million dollar grand prize home. And there are a ton of other prizes. Tickets are $150 each, plus discounts for multiple buys. The proceeds will help Yerba Buena Center. All great stuff. But it took me awhile to find hidden at the bottom of the page that describes the home, that there is actually a cash prize alternative to the house. The winner can take the 4,900 square foot home or 2 million cash instead. Whew! I thought for a moment, the winner would be faced with taxes on their 4.1 million dollar prize, and be unable to redeem the prize.

I think the cash option should be right up front–on the first photo of the grand prize because, actually, the cash is the grand prize too. “Grand Prize: 4.1 million dollar home OR 2 million cash!” Most winners will not be able to come up with 25% to 28% of 4.1 million for the taxes, so they will take the cash.

Raffle tickets cost more than a lottery ticket, but the odds of winning are so much better. Help a good cause and get a ticket.

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', www.blackbeltinmarketing.com

“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