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Julie from Hollywood

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Yesterday, the temperature hit 87 degrees on this side of the hill while the rest of the nation was freezing. It's really a strain on the residents here in L.A. – tops down on convertibles, tank tops and shorts diverting drivers' eyes to the stall in the endless traffic at mid-day. It's the perfect weather that puts people in the mood to buy houses. Everything looks so beautiful. The sky is so blue – you can almost touch it. It is with great reluctance that my husband lets me go out on a day like today. It's Broker's Open here in L.A. Nothing but trouble. All those open houses just crying out to me as I run my errands at lunchtime. "Did you call your client about the 'Spanish' in Outpost?" I call him from my cell after a "pop in" visit. "You mean the one with the camper in the driveway at $1.6 million?" he replies. "It really has potential inside," I continue. "For the price." "I can't even get my client to get out of the car," he continues. "The description on the M...