BY TOBY PORTER
Would winning big change you? Most of us would love the chance to prove it wouldn’t.
We splash out a few pounds a week in the hope of landing fortune. But there’s a 14 million-to-one chance of a “life-changing” win.
But what if you won a house in Nunhead? With a 700 times better chance of bagging the prize?
Estate agent Lara Buckler has taken the drastic action of offering her home in a raffle, with only 200,000 tickets available, each costing £2.15.
She was unhappy that, after many viewings, her studio flat was not selling.
So Lara decided to take matters into her own hands and offer it up as a competition prize.
The 28-year-old has said she will cover all costs involved with buying the property – legal fees and council tax for the first six months, plus stamp duty – including the extra three per cent for those who already own a property.
She said: “Our odds are 200,000-to-one or less, dependent on how many tickets you buy – the price of half a pint of beer and less than a glass of wine in the pub. What could be easier?
“We wanted to come up with a novel way of selling this trendy pad and also help other people at the same time. We want to encourage first time buyers to have a punt and hopefully make getting onto the property ladder an easier and less stressful experience.”
Lara bought the flat at auction for £190,000 in 2014 and did it up in an industrial chic style. The plan was to sell it on for a profit, but things didn’t go to plan.
“I put it on the market for £300,000 and had a lot of interest but no offers,” said Lara. “I dropped the price to £275,000 but it still wouldn’t sell.”
She has so much confidence in the idea that she and her property developer husband have launched houseagogo, a company that will use the same method to find takers for other homes.
“We want to put the fun back into property,” she said. “We will also be giving away 10 per cent of proceeds to a mental health charity as we believe this is one of the root causes of homelessness and 10 per cent to a local council project.”
The raffle closes on May 5.
A mum-of-five who tried to raise £3.75million by raffling her Blackheath home for £5 a ticket had to withdraw it after Greenwich council complained it could be a breach of gambling rules. Owner Renu Qadri said she needed the money because her disability made it difficult to pay her mortgage.
Main Photo: Lara Buckler has taken the drastic action of offering her home in a raffle