Local Realtor's book looks at 50-year career

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If there's one thing Earle "Buddy" Almy wants other real estate agents to take away from his book, it's not to make the same mistakes he did during his 50-year career.

"I've been a Realtor since 1959," Almy said. "I have a record of every sale of mine since 1959. That's quite a bit of stuff."

Almy spent more than two years researching Almy's Observations: Over 50+ Years as a Realtor, a 137-page compilation of his and his family's experience in real estate in the Fort Worth area. It was released in July.

Almy, 82, will take book orders today at the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors luncheon at Colonial Country Club. His first printing of 120 books has sold out.

But when the new shipment arrives, he'll autograph and send the books to buyers. The hardback, with shipping and tax, is $61.34, and the softcover is $50.51.

A Kindle edition is $9.99 on Amazon.com. It's also available on the Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million websites.

The book is packed with Texas land history, as well as his family's story and facts and figures about the local markets. He's particularly proud of his father, Earle Almy Sr., who came to Fort Worth in 1924, bought ranchland for $40 an acre and sold it 12 years later for $1,000 an acre.

Almy received a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from Texas Tech University in 1952. After four years in the Air Force, he came back to Fort Worth and worked at Fort Worth National Bank and Burrus Feed Mill before branching out on his own in 1970 after earning a brokerage license. He opened an office in Hurst. In 1979, he moved to Granbury and has worked there since.

Most of his career was spent selling and appraising farm and ranch properties, but he's also sold and appraised homes and commercial, industrial, development, investment and income-producing properties.

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