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Editor's note: The following is a collection of real estate professionals' responses to a real estate-related question. QUESTION: What lessons did you learn from your toughest real estate transaction? Jay Thompson Designated Broker/Co-owner Thompson's Realty Gilbert, Ariz. The toughest moment I've had in real estate was when I was showing a home and the seller was sunbathing nude in the backyard. Well, maybe that was the most awkward moment. My clients and I just looked at each other, averted our eyes and told her we'd come back. She insisted that we take our time and made zero effort to cover up. We blew through the house as fast as we could! We just shook our heads and chuckled when we got back in the car. (The clients) bought something else but still send us a Christmas card every year and ask if we've run across any more naked people! Almost without fail, every difficult real estate transaction I've been involved in was as a result of the lender -- and it is alwa...