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Byline: Alice Coale
Mar. 22--OPENING THOUGHT: "The whole time I was working, I bought real estate, because my father said that's what I should do." -- Pat Spencer.
SHOP TALK: Listen to Papa. How many times have we wished we had? Pat Spencer took her father's advice, and over 10 years she bought 40 properties.
Listen to friends. How many times have we wished we hadn't? Well, in this case, Spencer is glad she did. After a friend came to town seeking a short-term rental, Spencer "got this bright idea" to furnish and rent her properties by the weekend, week or month.
Spencer hit flea markets and furniture stores with the idea of creating a …