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Luxury Auction® Sale Just Around the Corner for 23-Acre Estate in Greenville, SC


is conducting the sale in cooperation with listing agent Shannon Donahoo of Blackstream Christie's International Real Estate. South Carolina auctioneer Chris Pracht will conduct the bid calling on auction day. "This is such a beautiful and peaceful ...


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I’m a real estate agentAccording to many people, that means I set my own hours, make gobs of money and spend my days looking at beautiful housesOnce in a while that actually happens. Generally, however, my life is not much like thatFor example, because I want to give each client an exceptional level of service, my hours are set around their needs instead of mineI’ll carve out time for an occasional vacation, a doctor’s appointment, or a much-needed massage, but for the most part, mi tiempo es su tiempo. My gobs of money are split with my broker, my insurance company, my accountant, my web designer, my social media department, the IRS and its D.Cequivalent, and my overextended Visa card. And those beautiful houses? To be sure, many are, but others have matted shag carpet, filthy appliances, leaky toilets, bugs and smells of unknown origin. Don’t get me wrongI absolutely love what I do and most of my colleagues in the industry feel the same way, but the job description should really include elements of several different professions. Every two years we take required refresher courses in contract law, finance, fair housing, ethics, and a variety of electives ranging from dealing with environmental hazards to Internet marketingUpdating our skills essentially makes us part-time college studentsAnd like cramming for exams, those of us who are procrastinators by nature often choose to attend a grueling 15-hour class on a Saturday as the licensing deadline approaches.

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