Selling your home – baffled by this raffle?!

Friday 25th August 2017

Although house prices around the UK are still going up – the average cost of a property has risen 6.5% to £234,794 – there are still some bargains to be had. For example, did you know you could bag yourself an £800,000 country manor for just £2? Or purchase a £1.25 million family home in London for less than the cost of glass of wine?

So what’s the catch we hear you ask? Well, you’ll have to buy a raffle ticket to be in with a chance of winning your new home and there are no guarantees yours will be the lucky number pulled out of the hat. However, if you’re lucky, that £2 ticket could be the best investment you ever make.

Lord and lady of the manor

When Dunstan Low and his wife Natasha failed to attract any buyers for their £800,000 manor in Lancashire, the couple came up with a novel way of selling their home. Instead of going down the conventional route, they instead decided to raffle off their enormous property, giving one lucky person the chance to become lord or lady of the manor for just £2.

Once the competition went live, the couple received entries from all over the world, with people from as far afield as China, Belarus and America all investing in a ticket. By the time the raffle had closed, the couple had made a whopping £900,000 and finance worker Marie Segar had bagged herself a new home, and a new title, for just £2.

Family home for a fiver

In London, there’s an even better deal to be had with one homeowner opting to raffle her £1.25 million house off for £5 a ticket. Like Mr and Mrs Low, the owner of the London property was struggling to pay the mortgage and had tried and failed to sell their home on the open market. The owner hopes to sell 575,000 tickets and will donate £50,000 of the profits to charity.

Selling your home

Although raffling off properties can work well in some circumstances, the vast majority of homeowners are still opting to sell their houses the old fashioned way. Using an estate agent has a number of advantages over a raffle. For a start, you can be a lot more confident your home will sell for its correct value and that both you and your buyer will get value for money. What’s more, an expert agent will be able to talk you through the process, making your transaction quick, easy and hassle free.

If you’d prefer traditional viewings over an online raffle and want the help of a knowledgeable estate agent in your property sale, we can help. Get in touch to find out more.

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