We can’t sell it, so we’re giving it away.

Would you like to own a new house in the lovely countryside of Oregon or $100,000 cash?

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Registration Closed

On Friday Dec 5th, we received formal notice from the Department of Justice that we are not in compliance with State statues and they are requiring that we shut this contest down.

We intend to fully comply with the authorities.  This contest was always for the people and above board.  We mean no harm or disrespect.  This was just a creative way for us to sell our house and make it affordable for those interested.

We will be refunding everyone’s money within the next week.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and participation.

Sincerely
George

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Our Story

My name is George Tran. My wife and I bought this investment house in 2005 for $250,000 (this is not the home my wife and I are living in).  We rented it out to a terrible tenant who absolutely trashed the place, causing $40,000 in damages.  We then lost about $12,000 or so in lost rent.  Last year, we found a great tenant who was going to buy the place.  Unfortunately, with the state of the economy where it is today, he had to move out and now we are left with trying to sell the house in this bummed economy.

About the House

It’s an immaculate 3 bed/2 bath 1413 sq feet house in the countryside surrounded by trees located in Veneta, Oregon.  It’s about 20 minutes to get into Eugene.  We’ve done about $40,000 of improvements and renovations on the house.  We owe about $200,000 on the house and are paying about $1600 per month on the mortgage.

It’s even got a hot tub…less than 24 months old.

About the Deal

As an internet marketer, I wanted to try a social network experiment to see if we can have some fun and give away our house to someone who is most worthy of it…and who would cherish the house.

What I want to do is to give away the house to someone who is worthy and, at the same time, see if I can help some non-profit organizations.  The family that is voted most worthy by December 23rd, 2008 will receive the house from us (or $100,000 in a cashiers’ cheque) as soon as the money clears from PayPal.

Here’s the idea.  We ask for a $19.95 registration fee.  If we receive $300,000, enough to cover our basic expenses so we can pay off the mortgage, any additional money will be divided equally between  Habitat for Humanity, Best Friends Animal Shelter and Citizens for Health.

What’s the Catch?

Does it sound like a scam?  It’s not.  I’m an honest guy trying to do something creative about this property.  I make my living online.  My reputation depends on my honesty and integrity.  I’m using my real name, my real address, and all facts supplied on this can be verified upon request.

The catch is…if we don’t meet our $300,000 price, then we will donate the money to the three charities named above equally.  Frankly, if we don’t reach our target but we get a price close to what we paid out, we’ll probably let it go anyway or extend the entry time if we’re close.

The other catch is…you have to write a story.  Come on.  You’re getting a house FREE AND CLEAR for a $19.95 registration fee.  Tell us a story of why you are the most worthy recipient.  We’re not going to be the judge, we’re letting the Internet decide.  There’s a website called Digg.com.  It’s a site where people vote for the most newsworthy or coolest stories. All you have to do is submit your story on Digg (I will show you how, it’s really easy), and then get your friends to vote for you.

I WANT THE HOUSE!  How do I get Started?

To receive the house, just write us your story.  Tell us why you are the best candidate for the house.

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Breaking News!

We received an email response from the Dept. of Justice.  Ms. Jan Margosian helpfully provided us a specific ruling about what qualifies as a game of chance, and what a game of skill.  This document can be found at freehouse.wordpress.com/updates.  According to this document, this competition fits squarely into the game of skill category.

After conferring with my attorney, we both agreed that we are 100% in compliance with this ruling.

For the latest update, click on our blog below:

latest-update

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Let others know about this story.  Digg it! For every digg we receive, we will donate $1 (up to $1000) to Citizens for Health.

>>  Digg it Now! <<

21 Responses to “We can’t sell it, so we’re giving it away.”

  1. TPL Says:

    Would it be possible to register and nominate someone other than myself?

  2. amazingjewelrycleaner Says:

    Anything goes! So absolutely! The rules are, anyone whose email matches the registration on the winning blog wins the house.

    It would be better if you wrote the intro story about the person, and have them post a comment, follow up, or additional post with yours. Also, be sure to have them post to YouTube for more traction.

    George

  3. We can’t sell it, so we’re giving it away. « JW Najarian Says:

    [...] I have know George for sometme and this is no joke.  Check it out for yourself.  Here is Georges Blog page to check out the deal.  http://freehouse.wordpress.com/we-cant-sell-it-so-were-giving-it-away/ [...]

  4. Shannon Says:

    We bought our first house from George several years ago, and he is one of the most honest and upstanding people that I have ever met. He and his wife has always been such kind and caring people, I am not surprised that they came up with something this creative! Shannon

  5. amazingjewelrycleaner Says:

    Thanks Shannon!

    Greatly appreciate your kind endorsement.

    Sincerely
    George

  6. amazingjewelrycleaner Says:

    Somone asked if we’ve checked with a lawyer.

    Yes, we’ve consulted with an Oregon attorney. It’s perfectly legal as the winner is publicly selected. Also, if we don’t generate sufficient interest, all monies will be returned….we’re being very transparent about this.

  7. Galfromdownunder Says:

    Nice that you put this up George!

    I must have missed it the first time unless you only just did it at my humble suggestion.

    It would be cool to have a “Dugg” prize for the person who isn’t interested in entering the house contest as such, or feels they can’t write to save themselves, or wonders if because they know you it automatically disqualifies them (that would be me, even though you’re not the judge) BUT who gets your contest most widespread in the blogosphere and therefore “Dugg” by the most people. After all, what you’re seeking is maximum exposure to get the maximum number of entrants to make the $300K.

    The prize: a paint-it-yourself mailbox from Home Depot!

    Perhaps you need a little more fine print, unless the rules truly are loose. For example, by “sincere and legal” do you mean “true”? I can write very sincerely about someone entrusting me with an orphanage and the orphanage burning down so I need a place for the kids, and writing it so compellingly it wins. Write the story is not legal. But it’s not true, just sincere and legal.
    Which would make it basically a short story contest judged by popular vote.
    It’s also basically like a house raffle with a twist, where the public, not chance, determining the winner.

    Just some thoughts which might be second thoughts to the casual observer.

  8. amazingjewelrycleaner Says:

    Thanks GalfromDownUnder,

    Anyone can enter, whether they know me or not. It’s not up to me to decide who wins….it’s up to the people that vote for them in Digg.

    I will publish the terms of service so everyone can see the fine print.

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  10. web design Says:

    faced with a sluggish economy, we want to sell a 250k house for 300k. brilliant.

  11. Toni Says:

    Hi George,

    Wow… this is incredible and my family and I will definitely be registering for this. I have a question…

    I just want to clarify a few of the rules so we do them correctly. :)

    We just post our story on the digg.com page now, correct? And then we want people to vote by clicking on the little “thumbs up” for our story, right? Or is it how many comments we get? I notice no one else has any “diggs” for their story, only comments.

    This is a very exciting thing you are doing… thank you!

  12. amazingjewelrycleaner Says:

    Thanks Toni!

    You are absolutely correct. You post your story as a comment on Digg. It is the number of green thumbs up votes that will be counted…and in a tie, we will look at the number of comments in support.

    Please pass this to your friends so they know about it. If you have a blog, make a link to the Digg article.
    http://digg.com/arts_culture/Can_t_Sell_house_I_m_giving_it_away_on_Digg

    Sincerely
    George

  13. Dawn White Says:

    Hi, I was just looking at your site and was reading the updates, it said digg wasn’t reading the votes right? I was wondering does that mean everyone needs to revote ?
    Thank You
    Dawn

  14. kathy wilson Says:

    My only real dream has always been to own a home. I’m disabled and live on $854 a month, an income (that’s below poverty level.) Anyone that knows me will tell you that out of anyone, I deserve to win the lottery…or at least have a house. Too many tragedies to list that have happened in my life, but I try to keep a positive attitude and retain hope for better days.

    I took care of both my parents until they passed away. My Dad had lung cancer for 7 months til he passed. My Mom had Pulmonary Fibrosis & was soon bed-ridden. I took care of her for almost 2 years, and she could only feed herself. I changed her diapers and everything else.

    Like many people, I was abused in childhood mainly…sexually, physically, mentally. I was diagnosed with Bipolar. I’ve lost 2 brothers and one sister, my very best friend, a nephew, and other friends throughout the years. 8 years ago I injured my spine and am now disabled because of it. I still do at least one good deed a day and have done so since 1994 when I promised myself; trying to do my part.

    I could go on and on but what I really want to say more than anything, is that I want this house with every part of my being. It’s my absolute lifelong dream. I’ve tried every other avenue but even Habitat requires a $400 a month payment and I can’t swing that.
    It worries me that the number of votes decide who wins. Since I don’t get out often, I rarely socialize and only have a few friends. I know they’ll vote for me but I’ll have to rely on the kindness of strangers like you. Please vote for me.

  15. shelli Says:

    Hi, I first want to say thank you so much for this opportunity and for using such creative thinking. I really am praying that this idea works out in your favor. I posted under pearlinprogress but accidentally posted twice. And I don’t know how to fix it. I didn’t include my many lifes woes and I am praying that all of these broken families who are sharing their stories can find their perfect housing situations and peace in their lives. I wish the best for everyone, Love Shell

  16. houses Says:

    according to this website the house is listed for 230k, and zillow.com says that’s the value of it.

    http://www.mlsfinder.com/kwls/kw/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&kw_id=4282927&domain=jodydraper.yourkwagent.com

    so, why 300k?

    > We bought the house for $250k in 2005, and spent another $50 on repairs due to a bad tenant. We were hoping to get our investment back.

  17. krystyloveslife Says:

    how many people have signed up now?

  18. marilyn trissell Says:

    I’ve read the stories people have sent in and they all seem to say the same thing, in one fashion or the other. Everybody’s deserving, and we’ve all had a rotten life. Yea- me too. We have 10 children between my husband and I. We raised some that were not ours too. Yes- we lived in a tiny rundown house with some of the kids beds in closets-ha But- we’ve muddled through somehow and just having healthy kids and our health has been enough. But- we too would like to live in a nice, larger home with a place for a garden and some nice flowers. Do we deserve this more than the others? Absolutely not. However, we would like to have this opportunity. We live on a fixed income since my husband had a stroke at an early age, so we’ll never have a way to get a nice home. That’s it- like I said we probably ALL deserve this house, but I’d appreciate it if you’d put in a good word for my family. Thanks so much’ and good luck to all of you.

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