If you’re a home seller wishing to skip the conventional process of listing your home and waiting for a qualified buyer, and you’ve always wanted to be rich enough to help your favorite charity in a big way, your time has come. I Sold My House in a Raffle explains the entire process for homeowners, Realtors, and also for the nonprofit director who is open to an innovative fundraising alternative.

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About the Book:

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 Pervez, 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

“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, and I believe reading the book will help me avoid the pitfalls. 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

“This book gave me exactly what I needed. It’s a how to book without all the added phylosophy fluff. If you’re looking to figure out how to do a house raffle, I strongly recommend this book.”  Gary H. Victor, Homeowner in Denver Colorado

The book clarified a bunch of questions I had on how to go about starting a house raffle. Michael Rogers, Homeowner in New Mexico

About the Workshop:

“Diane’s workshop gave me so much insight into what a non-profit must know before holding a house raffle, or any raffle for that matter. It helped me understand what is expected of the non-profit and what I can expect from a real estate agent or a homeowner. I do not recommend holding a fundraising raffle without attending Diane’s workshop first.” – Jennifer Huard, Development Director for Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center.

“Many thanks for your seminar, I found it very well organized and the day went quickly.  The information was easy to understand. The tip about when to give the big prize was most valuable. I hope to be able to conduct a raffle in the future to get a house sold and benefit a favorite charity.  Thanks also for the follow up notes and tips by e-mail.  I feel like I’m getting bonus bucks when they come.”  Betty Houston, Broker since 1981 Coldwell Banker Legacy - Socorro, New Mexico

“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

About Consulting With Diane:

I purchased Diane’s book and took advantage of the free 30 min. consultation. Diane was so helpful in answering my questions. Then I set up another phone consult and included the nonprofit that I wanted to connect with in order to raffle my house. Again, this was invaluable. Sarah McCluskie, Orlando, FL

Diane, thank you so much for all you did to make sure our house raffle was a success. Your tenacity, dedication, and forthright manner impressed us all! Blessings on your next venture. Development Director, Desert Academy, New Mexico

What About a Foreclosure Property?

Can a house raffle help a homeowner who is facing foreclosure? Absolutely! Think of it this way – a house raffle is a tool to get a house sold. A way that the homeowner can get their asking price based on comparable sales. So if a homeowner finds that they won’t be able to make the mortgage payments for whatever reason, maybe a job loss, an illness in the family, or other circumstances; the homeowner should immediately talk to a nonprofit to raffle the home. The homeowner is basically selling the home to the nonprofit. And the nonprofit is using the home as the grand prize in their fundraising raffle.

Make sure that raffles are legal in your state by contacting the gaming board in your state. Previously, I suggested that people contact the office of the State Attorney General, but I’m finding that many times their department doesn’t know the answer to that question, and they will refer you to the gaming board. The home must meet the requirements for a good grand prize, and the nonprofit must meet the requirements for a strong charity with a universal cause. Check out step 2 in my book, THE GRAND PRIZE, and step 5 SEARACHING FOR THE RIGHT CHARITY.

Good Luck!  Diane Giraudo McDermott

6/1/10 Morgan James Publisher, New York, Releases

I SOLD MY HOUSE IN A RAFFLE was released on June 1, 2010 by Morgan James Publishing, in New York. If you missed the press release on Google News from Earth times, you can  check it out at

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/press/morgan-james-publishing-releases,1314684.html

Diane Giraudo McDermott

Great Workshop

We had a great workshop at the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors Training Center on May 28th. This is a beautiful facility, and real estate agents, homeowners, and a nonprofit fundraising director attended. I know  the attendees left with a wealth of information and were excited to learn how a house raffle may be just the ticket to solve their housing situation. Realtors could see this as a valuable tool to get a home sold at the asking price – even a way to bring back expired listings. A nonprofit fundraising director of a school in Santa Fe, is looking at the option of a house raffle to raise funds for the school. Lunch sponsored by Jeff Rose & Associates was terrific, and thanks to Discount Printers in Albuquerque, we had a delicious mid-afternoon snack too. I look forward to the next workshop. Watch for workshop dates on this site.

Diane Giraudo-McDermott

House Raffle Secret #1

The nonprofit organization receives three benefits:

a) Monetary benefit from ticket sales

b) Added exposure for their cause

c) Additonal names in their data base for future support

House Raffle Secret #2

Why are there so many house raffles that fail? Lack of preparation and understanding of all the steps needed to start and finish a house raffle. It’s critical to learn the process so you can win!

House Raffle Secret #3

Purchasing a ticket to a house raffle is not a tax deductible donation. Ticket buyers are purchasing a chance to win, so the IRS does not consider the cost of a raffle ticket tax deductible.

Are house raffles legal?

Yes and no . . . not all states allow house raffles. Go to www.rafflefaq.com and click on your state to find out if house raffles are legal in your state.  Although a raffle may be legal in your state, the U.S. Postal mailing standards prohibit the mailing of raffle tickets based on a federal law mandated by congress. So the organization conducting the raffle should not  mail the tickets to the ticket buyers through the U.S. postal service. I’ve provided a solution to this postal issue – check out my article on this site titled, Raffle Ticket Format.

House Raffle Secret #4

Everybody wins in a house raffle!  The homeowner wins by getting their house sold for their asking price, the charity gets a chunk of cash they would otherwise not have received plus added exposure for their cause, the realtor makes a higher commission, the winner of the raffle wins a grand prize, and all ticket buyers help a worthy cause. So everybody is a winner!!

For more house raffle tips, check out my blog at www.houseraffletips.com

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