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Realtors storm reality TV

Several real estate agents featured in popular shows

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Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien has twice put her career as a real estate agent on hold to spend several weeks roughing it in remote islands with a group of castaways hellbent on outwitting, outplaying and outlasting each other for a $1 million prize. She took third place in "Survivor: Marquesas," the fourth season of the "Survivor" reality TV competition, and she also went far on "Survivor: All-Stars," the show's eighth season which featured former contestants of earlier "Survivor" shows. On "Survivor," one contestant is typically voted off during each episode, and a jury of some former contestants selects the ultimate winner. Vavrick-O'Brien, 50, is not the only real estate agent to appear on reality TV. The current season of "Survivor" features Lisa Keiffer, a Realtor for Prudential Gardner Realtors in Mandeville, La. Richard Hatch, 43, of Newport, R.I., is a licensed real estate agent who won $1 million in the first season of "Survivor" and also competed in the "Survivor: All-Stars" show. E...