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Democrats, Libertarians make inroads in housing

Part 1: Politics and real estate

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Editor's note: Since the Homestead Act more than 150 years ago, politics, policy and real estate have gone hand in hand. Today, politics and policy are even more central to a vibrant and functioning real estate market. In this special four-part series of stories during an election year, Inman News looks at the relationship between politics and real estate. (See Part 2: Housing's public policy agenda; Part 3: Realtors have money, masses; and Part 4: People, money, issues drive housing's political agenda.) Realtor Bruce Cohen is running for Congress. As a Libertarian running against a Republican incumbent in California's conservative Orange County, he knows he's not likely to win. Still, Cohen, who works for Coldwell Banker in South Laguna Beach, is hoping to bring more exposure to the Libertarian party. In the process he's also brought more attention to himself. Some clients are attracted to his political activism and have hired him to help them with their real estate needs because of...