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Tune out generic advice on how to succeed in 2014 and listen to your clients, neighbors and smart friends

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It isn’t even December yet, and I'm already tired of the holidays and of reading about what I need to do to be successful in 2014. Usually the articles are about the three, five, eight, 10 or 14 things that I need to do. Before throwing caution to the wind and taking all of that wonderful advice, I like to consider who is writing it and why. There are plenty of armchair real estate quarterbacks who just know what we need to do to be successful. They give advice and never have to implement any of the ideas. Right now I can't see any reason why 2014 will be very different from 2013. I think the tight inventory of homes for sale will loosen up a bit, and interest rates will rise slightly, as will home prices. Real estate is local, so that last sentence may not apply to your market. Here are 10 things I think everyone should take into consideration as they plan for 2014: 1. The Internet is not going to replace most real estate agents, and it isn’t going to go away. 2....