That's great your trees worked out.
It's a toss up here on what's worse, houses or stocks. Im from Jackson and have been a little envious of the extremely affordable houses my friends live in compared to here. Here a $600K house is a 4BR 2.5BA house built in the 60s or 70s and carries a $5,500 annual tax bill. There are more and more for sale signs that actually say "Reduced 100,000". Hard to believe. So, the housing crash is bringing things somewhat back to reality here.