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Are House Raffles No Longer Viable?

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Hello All,

This week a caller from Florida asked me if house raffles were still viable as the housing market improves. My response is simple: When the housing market does a complete flip, and homeowners don’t need to look for a creative way to get their homes sold, house raffles will still be viable. The reason for this is that as long as people still want to own houses, and nonprofits still need to raise funds, house raffles will always be viable. Winning a home or cash will always be a good thing–and homeowners will continue to help  their favorite charity by providing the grand prize!

House raffles are a win/win for everyone–the charity gets cash, the winner gets a house or cash, and the owner of the home gets their home sold, or a substantial holding fee, and the homeowner gets to help a charity in a big way. I believe this win/win  formula will always be popular.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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Is Your Home Big Enough to Raffle?

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Hello All,

I enjoyed the weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Every time I go there, I feel like I’m in a different world. The quaint streets and shops, and the wonderful restaurants–yumm.  I hope you did something fun to welcome spring.

Many house raffles occur in California by large charities such as The Ocean Institute, The Special Olympics, and Ronald McDonald House Charities with multi-million dollar prize  homes. But don’t let that fact make you think that your home only valued at $300,000 would not make for a good grand prize.

Your ticket price will be less, and the number of tickets you need to sell will be less– all good odds for the ticket buyer. The charity you find will also be a smaller charity, with less resources, but they can still pull in $100,000 for their cause you can get your house sold through a raffle.

So don’t be discouraged by the BIG house raffles out there.

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