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Miami Beach Condo Raffle

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on January 27, 2009

Someone is auctioning off a 1 bedroom Miami Beach condo to benefit a wounded veterans group. No more than 7,000 tickets will be sold at $100 each for the April 15 ">drawing.

I can’t vouch for the value of the 80s era, 850 square foot condo. But its worth clicking on the You Tube video above to hear the exquisitely bland piece of pop rock crafted by “local recording artist” and would-be Springsteen impersonator Tim Charron. It sounds like Tim may have actually recorded this song while he writing and playing it for the first time, sort of what you might call Rock N’ Roll improv. But hey, the Miami condo market needs all the help it can get.

Reader Comments

Veterans Retreat

January 27, 2009 11:35 AM

Chris, I noticed that you have embedded our fundraising video on your blog. We appreciate the exposure. What we need most is for people to spread the word about our upcoming activities for soldiers. Please pass along this link to anyone that might now a wounded soldier who would like to participate in any of our upcoming adventures. Sign-up at: Our next event is March 14 in Miami.

Thanks for your support and please help spread the word about the hardships these soldiers face when returning from combat.


February 12, 2009 11:03 PM

I want to win a condo! And i like the music on there , its cool.
Maybe you should try getting a proofreader , or is this your first time writing an article ??!


February 13, 2009 11:11 AM

I am surprised that you would bash the musician who was doing something for charity. You also didn't do much to help with the sales of the tickets with "80s era" condo. Way to help those veterans, Chris.

Carmen Allgood

February 13, 2009 12:19 PM

Nothing bland about TIM CHARRON.. he's as real as it gets, and ppl love him, his charisma, and music. Just cuz he's 30 years younger than Bruce doesn't mean he can't rock the boat. Someone has to be next...
Thanks for the great plug!
Wave on ~ Carmen

Tasha Williams

February 13, 2009 2:40 PM

Hey, Gonna insult people you better proof read your own article.

"It sounds like Tim may have actually recorded this song while he writing and playing it for the first time"
Nice grammar.

conan the grammarian

February 14, 2009 12:45 AM

Re: "It sounds like Tim may have actually recorded this song while he writing and playing it for the first time..."

it looks like BUSINESSWEEK's chris palmeri may have actually published this article while he writing english for the first time.


February 16, 2009 3:46 PM

Musician Tim Charron is a talented local musician who is helping the wounded veterans groups. We should support and encourage local musicians..NOT be negative towards them.

For some positive and upbeat reviews on Charron, please read two recent articles, one from the Miami News Times:
and an article from The Conch Telegraph who named Charron "Entertainer of the Month":

I personally commend Tim Charron for doing charity work and hope he continues to have a successful and wonderful career and continues to represent our city of Miami well!

Nicoel Suzanne

March 4, 2009 1:25 PM

You bet! Unfortunately this is the only way to unload property you cannot sell.
People are selling raffle tickets at 100 a piece on several proerpties across the country. The charity thing comes into play when your state has laws against doing this unless you are a charity. Essentially its gambling.
Or you can have an essay contest.
We own two lots of waterfront on Lake Erie in a one way private community next to a golf course and a marina and metro park and cannot unload it unless we give it away right now.
The raffle ticket thing was certainly contemplated. At least until the rental across the street was rented to someone with 3 felonys who just died of a cocaine overdose.
Nice. Now we would have to pay someone to buy it.


March 4, 2009 2:50 PM

Tim is awesome! He works so hard and should be an inspiration to anyone trying to make it out there. He really believes in his art and is works like crazy on his dream. That's more than I can say for many.

Well done Tim, we all love you and respect you!

Rick Wallace

April 7, 2009 8:57 PM

I hope that this raffle is a tremendous success! For anyone interested, there is now a book about home raffles titled, "The Home Raffle Book" and is located at It's a must read for anyone conducting or participating in a home raffle and includes a sample business plan. Home raffles just may be one solution to the declining housing markets. Hats off to all those who successfully conduct them!

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April 10, 2009 1:38 PM

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BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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