Archive for December, 2008

Social Networking and Social Media Blog Launched

December 15, 2008

This blog for the free house giveaway is officially closed.

For those of you wishing to follow me, I’ve created another blog to discuss social networking and social membership websites at  This blog is designed to de-mystify blogging, social media, social networking and how to use it to grow your business.



Donation to Citizens for Health

December 12, 2008

We’ve donated $150 to Citizens for Health as per Toni’s request.


We are currently in discussion with Toni to rent the house to her on a rent to own basis.

We would like to thank everyone’s support in the event.  It’s been quite an adventure.

This will be our last post.



December 7, 2008

One of the things that came out of this event is the realization that many families are experiencing financial distress.  It has made me realized how blessed I am and grateful for what I have.

The stories have moved me deeply and I really want to do something to help these families.  Upon further pondering, I realize I can.  You see, I retired at the age of 32 and have learned a lot about prosperity, making money and marketing.  I am deeply concerned about the state of the economy and the direction this country is heading economically.  I recalled President Kennedy’s famous words “It’s not what your country can do for you, it’s what you can do for your country”.  What I can do is to share what I know to help people find prosperity.

The word prosperity comes from the word: “prosper”.  While many people associate prosperity to the word “wealthy”, this is not always true.  You see, prosperity is more a skill, than a statement of economic status.  A skill, like any skill, can be taught and mastered.  To prosper is to grow and thrive.  For example, if you plant a seed in the right condition, it will “prosper”.  Unfortunately, in our society, this is something that is not taught to our children.

I don’t profess to know it all, or even be an expert in this matter.  What I do know is that I’ve studied this subject more than most people on this planet through creating companies and value for humanity.  Being retired for the last 6 years has given me a lot of time to think, learn and grow.  I would like to share my knowledge on this matter with you as my contribution to helping turn our economy around.  It’s not much, but I am doing my part.  If enough people learn and use the skills I am sharing, perhaps we can create prosperity in our community and revitalize our community. It can’t hurt.

If you want to learn about prosperity, then all you have to do is email me at  I will be creating a blog to discuss this matter.  Given such short notice, I’ve not had a chance to put this site together (it takes a lot of work to do this).  If you are on the list, then I can notify you when the site is done.

Email me at for more information.

George Tran

Ps. You can see an interivew about me at which will tell you more about me and what I do.

Dept of Justice – Formal Notice

December 7, 2008

We were contacted by the Dept. of Justice informing us that our competition is not in compliance and they ordered us to shut the competition down or face a lawsuit.

We’ve been upfront, transparent and honest about this competition from the beginning, and I’ve done everything I can to keep the public informed of our progress every step of the way.  We meant no harm or dishonesty.  All we wanted to do was to offer a more creative way to sell our house while making it affordable to other families to possibly own the house free and clear.  We wanted to make someone’s wish come true and yet everyone come out with a win/win outcome.

As of Sat Dec 16th, 2008, we’ve closed this competition.  We’ve notified every contestant and refunded everyone’s money.  Our original intent was to donate the monies to charity but the State would not allow us to do this.

The property is still listed on the market for $230,000.  You can contact our agent Jody Draper at 541-729-5422 should you wish to purchase the house.

We are also making the house available on a rent to own basis for $1400/m with a $2000 deposit.  After 12 months, you will qualify for an owner financing purchase option.  We are also open for an owner financing sale with a $20,000 down payment.  This is a beautiful house in the country that you would be happy growing old with your loved ones in.

As off this writing, Toni Rakestraw has accumulated 90 votes, with Gina Osborne  coming second at 14 votes!  We would like to honor everyone who has shared their touching stories with us.  We honestly hoped we could have made some family very happy, but alas the State does not think we have the right to do this.  You may contact the Dept. of Justice via email at: Ebersole Eugene – (Ph: (503) 934-4400) should you wish to voice your opinion.

Since Toni received the most votes, we contacted her and offered her the option to donate $50 to charity in her name.  She has graciously chosen Citizens for Health.  We will donate this to Citizens tomorrow.

We appreciate everyone’s support and interest in this property and welcome your feedback and comments.

Sincerely and humbly
George Tran

Problem with Digg

December 2, 2008

Well, we finally tracked down the problem with  It does not register vote count on comments.  We just could not figure it out and Digg support did not respond to our requests.

I spent the last few days reworking the instructions on how contestants should re-submit their stories.  I just posted these new instructions at  I’ve included instructional videos on how to get it done.

I apologize for all the inconvenience caused and hope this time, we will have much more success.

Please put your comments to this post if you have any questions and I will respond as soon and as frequently as possible.