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In my circle of friends, celeb-watching on TV shows like "E! News" and "Extra" is a guilty pleasure — a break from the smart woman’s circuit of the gym, kids’ homework, Huffington Post, NPR, and prep reading for a day’s work as a lawyer, doctor or writer.

So those of us who are real estate-minded can feed the empty celebrity craving — sans at least some of the guilt — by tuning in to "Extra" and perusing the real estate eye candy that is "Mansions and Millionaires."

"Mansions and Millionaires" host and longtime real estate investor Michael Corbett leaves his star-studded real estate m