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It's one thing for a real estate agent to make sure his clients are qualified to buy a house they want to tour. It's another thing entirely when the agent has to vouch for them first with the Secret Service. Dealing with President Obama's security team became a routine event for Chicago real estate agent Matt Garrison last year when he took on the listing heard 'round the world -- the 1906 brick mansion that happens to be next door to the off-duty residence of President Barack Obama and his family. First announced for sale in September, the 17-room house at 5040 S. Greenwood Ave. in the city's Kenwood neighborhood sold last week for $1.4 million in cash -- after, of course, generating an international buzz that outstripped the listing agent's most optimistic expectations. "I don't know when I'll have another listing that would make it to the front page of the New York Times," said Garrison, who heads a team of agents within a Coldwell Banker office on Chicago's...