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The art of the floating home sale

Part 2: Floating homes: An offbeat real estate niche

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In this three-part series, Inman News examines floating homes, the lifestyle, the structures themselves, what's different and what's the same about living in these peculiar dwellings. The unique lifestyle aboard water-bound homes has been glamorized in Hollywood films and also stigmatized as radical and non-conformist. Today, floating-home communities have emerged as luxurious retreats from crowded cities and bland subdivisions while maintaining a tight-knit, bohemian crew of residents. (See Part 1: Waterfront real estate to the extreme and Part 3: Homes subject to raft of risks.) Realtor Rick Minor lives the busy life of a real estate agent and business owner, yet feels like he's on vacation everyday. He can be seen escorting prospective home buyers around Seattle's Lake Union in his motor boat, feeding the ducks that swim by his office or answering reporters' questions about his unusual real estate niche. Minor works and lives in a floating home community on Lake Union in Seatt...