Quick announcement: I earned the HomeSmart Diamond Club award for 2012. In the eyes of HomeSmart, I bought or sold an impressive amount of property for my clients in 2012. I’m particularly proud of this because I started as an agent just about the time the recession started. I did that on purpose. I knew that if I was tough enough to make it through the rough times, I would be that much better an agent for my clients (and myself) when times got better. I know that I made the right decision.