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Raffle Your Home and Help Your Favorite Cause!

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“An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. In Vermont, a video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant’s closure and criminal convictions.

Now in a push-back led by the meat and poultry industries, state legislators across the country are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases.” By : Tracie Cone, The Associated Press, March 17, 2013

I urge everyone to let their elected officials know that we want stronger laws AGAINST cruelty to animals. Must they live a life of torture in order to feed humanity?


My first house raffle benefited the largest no-kill animal shelter in New Mexico. I hope everyone who chooses to raffle their home will search out a charity whose cause they are passionate about and give this charity a big boost.  There are so many worthy causes out there that it should not be difficult to find one that matches with your core beliefs.

Recently, a prospective client had just inherited a beautiful home from his father.  He wanted to sell the home through a raffle and benefit the charity that his father supported during his lifetime. I think that’s a great idea.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott



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Age Limit for House Raffle Ticket Buyers

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Hello All,

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Our weather here in New Mexico warmed up — Sunday was glorious. BUT, today it’s windy windy.

Why must a person be at least 18 years old to purchase a house raffle ticket? You don’t have to be 18 to buy a home. All raffles are considered to be a game of chance, and, therefore, a form of gambling. So you must be at least 18 to buy a ticket for a chance to win a house.

The entry form should clearly state “You must be 18 years of age and have a valid Social Security number to purchase a ticket. Proof will be required upon claiming prize.” In-person ticket sellers should be made aware of this also because sometimes parents purchasing a house raffle ticket want to put the entry in the name of their under age child. Grandparents will want to do this too. The winner must be 18 or older.

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