Real estate wake-up call

Letters From the Home Front

"Make money while you sleep!" promised the nice spammy-man in my inbox this morning. Not only can I make money in my sleep, it seems, but I can also be socking it away in the old retirement account while I’m on vacation or even out shopping. Except, he’s wrong. That was 2003.

Ah, 2003 — and 2004, and 2005. Those were the wonderful "tweens." Back in the glory days, taking a listing triggered a very predictable chain of events.