A Solution for a Home Seller


Last week I spoke to a homeowner who wanted to sell a house through a raffle. He said that he had a fabulous house that would make an excellent grand prize—it had the wow factor, and it was in a great location, but he could not find a nonprofit. After asking a few questions, I learned that he had contacted two performing art centers by phone and both wanted him to donate the house for the raffle. Unfortunately, this was not within his budget.

Here’s the solution—I recommend that the home seller must define at least six organizations to contact. Choose them from different arenas, for example, two 501c3 charities,  two educational organizations, and two religious organizations—that way you have a broader spectrum, and don’t be dismayed if the first or second one you call does not say “yes,” that’s why you pick six. With six on your list, if you get turned down, you are less likely to be discouraged and quickly move to the next one on your list.

Research the organizations before placing them on your list, this will give you a stronger background to create a compelling presentation which emphasizes the three benefits of a house raffle for their organization—they will be interested to learn more. And finally, don’t explain the details on the phone—meet in person with the decision makers to go over the plan.

For more information on help with a house raffle and finding a qualified organization, visit www.isoldmyhouseinaraffle.com

To your success!
Diane Giraudo-McDermott

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“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

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“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