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Diary of a real estate rookie

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I just closed rental deal number five. For those of you keeping score, that means I've turned five rental sides and a sale in 10 months, not bad since I've been writing nearly half time. But it also means I have no renters to play with right now. My one active rental client is in L.A. for the Oscars, and the market moves so quickly here it's not even worth searching till she gets back. I'm working on two sales deals and I stoke those fires lovingly, but it's not the same as the slam-bang excitement of trying to see 10 properties in a day. In fact, some days, it means there's no client contact at all. Which can easily translate into no social contact if I let it. That's the thing I miss most about working at an office job: the water cooler. (I mean figuratively, of course, because my last company was literally too cheap to have a water cooler.) I now have lots of tedious desk work to do -- assembling clean mailing lists for a postcard drop, categorizing my expenses for my taxes -- an...