The Money Tree

As you may recall, my friend Robert was outraged last week when I took his Cadillac out for an “unauthorized” spin. And when he found the $20 bill that Wendel left in the car, he shouted, “Doug, Tell Wendel that if he wants his $20 bill, he’ll have to pry it out of my right fist!”

But that wasn’t the end of the story… 

The next day, Robert woke up in a better mood and was no longer “fightin mad”. He just wanted the $20 bill and anything to do with my little “test drive” out of his life. So he grabbed the $20 bill and threw it out his back door and onto his lawn. As he hurled the wadded-up $20 bill, he exclaimed, “I don’t want any reminders of that day. I’m over it!” Here’s a pic of Robert hurling the $20 bill…


I watched as he threw the bill, but I didn’t try to retrieve it because I didn’t want to bring up hard feelings again. I just let it rest in the back yard, figuring the wind would probably blow it away.

A couple of days passed, and life had resumed back to semi-normal. I was still living at Robert’s house because my house wouldn’t be ready for move-in until 4 or 5 days.  And I was still enjoying the ammenities that Robert’s income affords. One of those ammenities happens to be his swimming pool.

I enjoy swimming in his pool a couple of times a week. And usually, it’s pretty uneventful. But just the other day, during one of my swims, I noticed something peculiar. It appeared that there was a little bit of money sticking out of the ground. I thought that it must be the $20 bill. But I went to check it out anyways.

And I quickly realized that it wasn’t just a $20 bill. The $20 bill had turned into a real life MONEY TREE! I was amazed at what had become of it. Here’s a picture of the money tree that grew…


My first instinct was to take the money and spend or invest it. But then I thought, “Hey Doug, this is Wendel’s money. I should return it to him.” So I went to another one of Wendel’s rehab projects with plans to leave it on the front porch. While I was at his property, I called him and said, “Hey Wendel! This is Doug. You left a $20 bill in the Caddilac. Robert threw it onto his lawn. And it turned into a money tree! I’m leaving the tree on your porch for you to pickup next time you’re in the area.”

Here’s a picture of me trying to drop off the money tree… 


Wendel replied, “That’s great! But you can keep the tree Doug. I don’t need it. I already have a much bigger money tree. You see, is my money tree.” I replied “Very well, I’ll keep the money tree and try to make it grow myself.” Wendel wished me good luck, and we hung up.

Surprisingly, the money tree grew an extra branch while I was at Wendel’s property. But I thought nothing of it. I was already thinking of the different ways I could get this money tree to double in size. Here’s a picture of me thinking of ways to make it grow…


But I didn’t sit there and think for long. I jumped right into action. First, I tried watering it….


But no growth.

Then, I tried singing to it. I sang a few of my favorite Johnny Cash tunes. Here’s me singing “Ring of Fire”…


But still no growth.

Then, I took the tree to an attorney to get his opinion…


But the money tree didn’t grow. Instead, it actually got very weak and almost died! And so did I!

Out of frustration, I decided to take it to the bank and deposit it.


But when they told me that I’d earn under 2% interest on the money, I bolted outside and hollared, “I’m a real estate investor by golly. Members of and I can beat 2% in our sleep!” I was frustrated, to say the least…


After all of my efforts, I still couldn’t get it to grow. So I did what I rarely do. I gave up. And I put the tree in the closet in our office.

And then Alex and Elise, the regional coordinators for Boston, Chicago, and the NYC/Tri-State area, had an idea. They said, “Hey Doug. We’re going to the Real Estate and Wealth Expo in Dallas this weekend. Why don’t we take it with us? Since it’s a money tree, maybe it’ll grow if it’s surrounded by people who are making money from real estate investing!” Always the skeptic, I said, “Fat chance!” But they took it anyways. Here are a couple of pics of them in Dallas last weekend…


Notice the money tree in this one…


When they came back, Alex and Elise informed me that the money tree was a big hit. Everyone seemed to love it and it drew them to our booth.  They also said that dozens of members of stopped by to share their success stories. And every time they did, the money tree grew.

In fact, all of the chit chat about real estate investing and huge profits made the money tree DOUBLE in size. It was enormous. Look at it now!…


Talk about a huge money tree! It’s actually gotten so large that I cannot reveal it’s exact whereabouts for security purposes. Ok, I will anyways. The money tree is safely resting on Elise’s desk.

And the tree is growing daily as we get emails and phone calls from members who are buying properties and reaping huge profits from the deals on Here are just a few of the members who are profiting …

The staff and I have enjoyed the money tree so much that we want you to have one, too. So we’ve placed a small money tree in the Wholesale Deals section of and another one in the Motivated Sellers section.

Now it’s your turn to buy and profit from the properties listed on those pages, and make YOUR money tree grow! To sign up for the 30-day FREE Trial, just go to now.

But remember, if you want your tree to grow, keep it close to your wholesale deals and rehab projects but far far away from savings accounts … and especially attorneys!

Until next time,

Happy (and profitable) investing!
Doug Smith

Posted on May 31, 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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