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At the end of last year I made some predictions for 2011 and they were mostly right. There wasn't much change from the 2010 housing market. 2012 will be more of the same. We tend to look forward to the new year and we plan to succeed. After having the worst year of my real estate career in 2011, I am confident that 2012 will be better. When I look back I may decide that 2011 was one of the best years of my life. This year turned out to be the perfect time to start another business, which is what I did. I started providing professional photography services for real estate agents and small-business owners. I have also been selling prints to medical clinics and related businesses through interior designers. In the last two months I have photographed MRI machines and hamburgers, but not on the same day. I have been thrilled at the opportunity. My business grows each month by word of mouth and through my photography blog. I do not photograph weddings but have been able to refe...