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Leaving real estate behind

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Editor's note: From fast-food franchise owners to local news anchors to former Olympians, real estate has long attracted people from all walks of life who've opted to try their hand at selling homes. In this special three-part Inman News series, we caught up with some of these real estate pros to share their stories. (See Part 1: Newscasters, fast-food chain owners enter home-sale biz and Part 2: Pro athletes race for home sales.) For 16 years, Nancy Locken sold real estate well enough to earn a living. But she began feeling drained by the demands the field placed on her time. "I really had just kind of gotten burnt out and it wasn't as enjoyable as it once was," Locken said. Something clicked for the Minneapolis resident when she visited a children's bookstore several years ago, and she knew what her next career adventure would be. She now owns Auntie Em's, a children's bookstore and coffee shop in Minneapolis. Owning and running Auntie Em's is demanding, Locken said, but she d...