House Raffles and Being Resourceful


When I was a kid, my Italian grandfather drummed this old saying into our heads “Se non avete una pentola a pis-chare, poi e nechesario salvare ogni chentisimo a fino a fare” What? “If you don’t have a pot to piss in, then you must save every single penny until you do.” So at an early age, I was convinced that it was important to  own real estate. I purchased my first home in 1985, and in 2004, when I struggled to find work after leaving my job in marketing to help take care of my mother, I was drawn again to houses, land, and buildings.

I wanted to be a flipper—take a beat-up house or building and make it into a dream property.

After creating my first dream home—a lovely four bedroom on a third of an acre with mountain views, and even a detached studio, I ran into huge roadblocks trying to get it sold. The real estate market was plummeting all around me and buyers couldn’t qualify for loans, plus, developers were offering buyers incentives that I couldn’t match. I knew that I needed to be resourceful—that’s when I came up with the idea of selling my house in a raffle.

So whatever is motivating you to sell your house through a raffle, don’t let the first, or second obstacle get in your way. House raffle have been done many times, and you can do this too!

To your success!
Diane Giruado-McDermott

P.S. Woody Allen put it like this: “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”

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