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Diary of a real estate rookie

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There is so much work -- two actual clients! One woman I met on some real estate Internet boards is coming to Manhattan this weekend, and I've been spending hours looking for the right high-end rental for her and her family. It's so hard because I have less experience with rental units, and so I'm not as confident about what they will look like, and there are a lot of "hijacked" listings, so half the time I see a posting for $17,000 I have to do a ton of detective work to find the real thing for $14,000. And then there's the sale: the Big Sale. I got a referral for a client who wants a three-bedroom downtown, which means finally I have a client rich enough to look in the actual area I want to specialize in. I sift computer listings, make appointments, discuss properties, we bond. She and her hubby finally end up liking the property that my sponsoring broker had suggested I show them, my two days' of work being no match for his 20 years of judgment and a "forward" key on his e-mail. S...