Well, it's official: I closed my first real estate deal last week, almost 10 months after I obtained my salesperson's license. I couldn't be happier. For me, the excitement of closing my first sale ranks right up there with the winter afternoon I had my childhood braces taken off decades ago, the summer night when I received my first kiss, and the autumn morning when my first child was born. Unfortunately, my first closing did not remind me of my wedding day–the anniversary of which happened to arrive the next day. I had been so caught up in the hustle-and-bustle of "closing week" that I forgot all about the annual celebration of the wedding vows I shared with my spouse several years ago. My spouse, however, definitely did not. To mark the day, I was given a new CD player for my ca...
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