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Real estate reality TV family publishes fictional novel

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A Manhattan real estate agent is walking a client through a swanky Park Avenue open house, when the client's buddy -- who claims to have a debilitating fear of heights -- decides that being on the 16th floor is just too much to cope with, and promptly throws up in the powder room toilet. It's a vignette within a new novel revolving around the world of big-ticket New York real estate, where such behavior is generally considered undesirable. But it really did happen, according to the authors, as did most of the other travails of the rich and famous that are depicted in "Hot Property," published in September by HarperCollins. "All of the stories were composites," explained Michele Kleier, who along with daughters Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern and Samantha Kleier-Forbes leads the Gumley Haft Kleier real estate brokerage in New York. "If we didn't (disguise them) we'd be out of business -- no one would ever work with us again. But the things that people sai...