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Ah, where to begin with Frank McKinney? Is it his claim of being, not a custom homebuilder, but a "real estate artist"? Is it his Fabio hair and tight-jeans, rock-star persona -- the get-rich-with-real-estate author who travels around the country promoting his books in a Greyhound-sized bus adorned with blowups of his face? Is it his apparent ability to please the ultrawealthy, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars for his spec homes? Or is it, instead, his devotion to improving the standard of living in Haiti, where a charity he founded has constructed 11 villages -- all of them turned to rubble by the Jan. 12 earthquake? McKinney would prefer to begin with Haiti, explaining in an interview last week that he had returned days earlier from a relief mission that he and his foundation had organized immediately after the quake. "Both my heart and my head are in Haiti," says McKinney, a Delray Beach, Fla., builder who went to the disaster area with ...

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