"What sort of price is the owner asking for the property?" Mr. Blandings inquired. The sham of his casualness was apparent even to his wife... The real-estate man's response was casual, too, but it had the benefit of twenty years of practice. "I think he1s asking $15,000," he said, "but if you want my opinion, I think you could get it for less." He turned a gaze of steady, manly frankness on Mrs. Blandings. "Maybe for a whole lot less," he said, very quietly, and with a smile that let Mrs. Blandings know he was not in the habit of using on everyone, "if he really took a shine to his prospective buyers."-Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

Novel, by Eric Hodgins,
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1946."
re·al es·tate ar·chi·tect Pronunciation: 'rE(–&)l is-'tAt 'är-k&-"tekt Function: noun Etymology: Modern American Definition: a person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking to offer or acquire an interest in land or other fixed, permanent property e.g. a dwelling.

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