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The Internet ‘relo’

Diary of a real estate rookie

I just got a $6,000 commission -- for a rental. Wait, it gets better: I found her on the Internet. She posted on some message boards I frequent, explaining that she was relocating, wanted to know about neighborhoods, and was looking for "an awesome broker." That alone differentiated her from the mainstream of Internet chat that I usually read -- most posters want advice about how to kill their brokers, or how to stiff their brokers, not information on how to actually hook up with one. So I made the big leap and wrote her and explained I was an awesome broker. That, in itself, I would not have been able to do with any conviction six months ago. But now, I've sold a house, I've rented to celeb kids, I'm progressing to my first seven-figure deal -- that's pretty awesome. Another thing that helped was that this isn't an anonymous board, but it's a place where other users can look up all your posts. So, not just because it was checkable but maybe keeping that in mind, I've tried ha...

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