Another beautiful day in Los Angeles and I'm at the corner watching the traffic zoom by as I wait for an opening in the speeding cars. My eye catches a park bench at the corner with the smiling face of "Joe Realtor." I suddenly realize that it's my neighbor's ex-husband grinning back at me. What could make him think that this is a good way to spend his hard-earned money? In a city where everyone drives, is a bus-stop bench a good place to advertise your real estate talents? Who is reading his sign? If you don't own a car in L.A., can you afford a house? Later that day on the way to the movies with a real estate agent friend, I asked him what he thought of the bench ad. This guy sends out a lot of promotional junk to the people in his farm area. "I would NEVER do that," he adamantly repl...
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