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Yet another sign that my market is slowing down: Everyone is paying waaay too much attention to me. I have two open deals, a sale and a rental. (Or I suppose I should say, two immediate deals where I represent the owners. There are multiple deals where I'm tangled up with buyers, but in this climate those people could be buying three years from now.) So anyway, I found out last week that I was going to need surgery on Monday. So I told my sponsoring broker, handed him keys so he could show on Monday, and called everyone I was working with on the deals and said, "Hey, I'm having surgery, the clock is stopped for 24 hours." As if. At 9 p.m. the night before the procedure, I was being asked for my sponsoring broker's phone number, so some other agent's boss could call my boss and get an explanation as to why I wasn't making a handshake deal on the rental then and there. (My answer: because I'd been working for 12 hours straight and wanted to get some sleep before de...