Mum raffles off £300,000 family home – and will give it away to lucky winnder who purchased a £2 ticket
A mum-of-four is raffling off her £300,000 family home – and is selling tickets for just £2 each.
Kirstie Searle, 44, decided to raffle off their five-bedroom family home in Daventry, Northants, rather than put the house on the market in the traditional way.
But her unusual sales method has annoyed husband Matthew – who wanted to sell the family home through an estate agent – and the pair stopped talking for a WEEK after Kirstie started selling raffle tickets.
With just a month to go until the sale of their five-bed home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, she is just beginning to win her husband round to the idea.
Stay-at-home mum Kirstie said: “My husband’s initial reaction was horror and we didn’t talk for a few days.
Kirstie said: “The kids are split, with half of them loving my ingenuity and the other half can’t believe I’d do something so embarrassing.
“I hope we’ll look back at this experience and laugh one day.
“My husband is very old school, and thinks we should just sell the house the traditional way. He believes you work hard and do the best you can rather than secure a property in a raffle, whereas I’m an optimist and I like to believe that for my family it’s always worth a try.
“I think he now sees a need for me to do something and prove to myself I can do it.”
Stay-at-home mum Kirstie was inspired to give away her home in instead of selling it after seeing other people successfully shifting their properties. She has lived at the home for six years, having paid £198,000 for it.
The sale struck her as the perfect way to lift the weight of a mortgage off someone else’s mind while helping her family to move to a more suitable home. The family has outgrown the current property and is on the lookout for somewhere with more space.
Kirstie has also struggled with a long-term illness and is also looking after her father who has moved into their home.
Kirstie said: “After deciding to have my final child twelve years ago I always knew life would be a little more costly, after all four children will always be expensive – although having twins didn’t help.
“I had thought as soon as my daughter was old enough I would return to work but I never got the chance as my health took a turn for the worse seven years ago.
“Half of my children are now old enough to be working, saving like mad to get house deposits together, but they are a long way off being able to affort anything.
“We converted our garage into another bedroom last year as my father was in need of somewhere more appropriate to live, and needed a downstairs room with ensuite facilities.
“The whole situation just leaves you feeling hopeless.
“But then I spotted the idea of raffling your house, and it just seemed perfect.
“It would be such a fantastic opportunity and great way for someone to get on to the housing ladder for £2 and best of all, mortgage free.
“Fast forward a couple of months and here I am. Running my own competition checking legalities, negotiating payment provider rates. Who would have thought it?”
The house is situated on the Lang Farm development, and boasts a large lounge and dining room, a kitchen and breakfast room, utility room, two en-suites and a family bathroom.
There is also a garage, offroad parking for three cars and a spacious garden.
The draw runs until midday on November 1, and in order to be finalised a minimum of 500,000 tickets need to be sold.
The tickets will cover the costs of sale as well as stamp duty, solicitors, marketing, payment processors and website fees.
If the minimum donation is reached, Kirstie and her family ill make a £10,000 donation to Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens, the Alzheimer’s Society and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Kirstie said: “If sounds like a lot but the person that’s moving will not have to pay anything
“We’re working full steam ahead to shift the final tickets.”
For more information or to enter the competition visit www.winthishouse.co.uk. The deadline for entry is 12pm on November 1.