Civil War Erupts at

“Is it maroon or is it brown?” That was the divisive question that was unexpectedly thrust upon the staff at on Tuesday morning.

This simple question brought a halt to all business. For about 60 minutes, wholesale deals went unapproved, member questions went unanswered, and updates to the website … don’t even think about it.

It all started when Alex Soares, the regional coordinator for Chicago, walked through the front door at approximately 8:55 AM…

Alex walks in

“Good morning Alex. Nice brown shirt,” exclaimed Lauren, the Houston/DFW coordinator, as she greeted Alex.

Lauren comments on shirt

Alex thanked her and resumed walking to his office. “I absolutely LOVE that maroon shirt,” said Elise, the NYC/Boston coordinator. “Where’d you get it?”

Elise comments on shirt

Again, Alex responded, although a little puzzled by her color choice, and proceeded to his office.

Lauren overheard Elise’s comments about the shirt and commented, “Hey Elise, nice try, but it’s brown. Duh!” (Lauren was NOT in a good mood because she hadn’t had her coffee yet.)

Elise responded, “I may not be a fashion designer, but I know my colors, and maroon is maroon is maroon. And that shirt is maroon if I’ve ever seen maroon!”

Lauren disagrees with Elise

One thing led to another and before you know it, the entire office was in on the debate. And they quickly chose sides. It was as if everyone had an unwavering opinion on this important matter, including me. Any idiot would know that this is a BROWN shirt!

The battle lines were drawn. Elise and Travis (programmer) were certain it was maroon. Lauren and I insisted it was brown. Alex was caught in the middle. During all the commotion, all he could think was “And to think, I could have prevented this. I almost wore pink today, but I chickened out.”

The argument begins

Alex was about to reveal his opinion of his own shirt. But then he saw a fang poking out of Travis’s mouth and quickly sealed his lips. He backed down even further when he saw the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

No need to worry. Travis and I ARE werewolves, but we only kill once or twice a month. And this was our off day. Here’s a pic of me in full form. (I know, very intimidating.) …


Back to the story.

What started as a friendly conversation had quickly developed into a verbal dispute. And the verbal dispute … into finger pointing … and then, into an all-out civil war. Let’s just say, we took this matter outside. Elise looks like she’s done this before…

Battle Royale 2

Watch your skull Travis! Lauren looks sweet but she’s a scrapper. I’m dead meat…

Battle Royale

The fighting continued, but a light drizzle led us back inside. (We’re aggressive, yet sensitive.) It was a short fight but a fight with many battle scars, both physical and psychological. The wounds are almost too gruesome to mention here, but I’ll do my best to illustrate …

Lauren stumped a toe. (It hurts just looking at it)…

Lauren stumps her toe

Travis fell backwards in his chair. Some think he was pushed. (I can’t take it anymore!)…

Travis falls

Lauren stapled Elise’s hand. (Please, make it stop!)…

Elise gets stapled

Alex got a paper cut. (I can’t look!)…

Alex gets a papercut

And I spilled coffee on shirt. (Heeeeellllppppp!)…

Doug spills coffee

So if your wholesale deal wasn’t approved on Tuesday morning or your calls went unanswered, I hope you understand that we had “stepped away from our desk”. And that we did “return momentarily”.

We apologize for the inconvenience and promise that it won’t happen again because we finally reached a compromise. A peace treaty of sorts. The staff of hereby agrees that the shirt is …


Although difficult to reach, this compromise was necessary. And business is now back to normal. We are back to providing you with more deals and investing tips than you can handle. And we are now much wiser because of this dispute. We finally realized that …

A divided against itself cannot stand.

Until next time, happy (and profitable) investing!

Doug Smith

P.S. We want to know. Is it brown or maroon? Make a comment on this post and let us know what YOU think! (Brown! Brown!)

P.P.S. Now that I have your attention, don’t commit real estate fraud! You want to be rich and free. Not rich and in jail. I’ll talk more about avoiding the slammer next week. Yes, finally something real estate related!

Posted on Jun 21, 2007

Author: Doug Smith

MyHouseDeals was founded in April of 2005 and has since provided information on thousands of bargain-priced properties with over $7 Billion in equity (and growing!) In addition to property lists, we help investors succeed by providing valuable tools, resources and education. Most of the properties on MyHouseDeals are single-family houses. Many of these properties are wholesale deals, which are for sale by other investors. Others are motivated seller leads, which are for sale by homeowners who are often in a bad situation. These properties are typically discounted by far greater amounts than bank foreclosures.

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