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Makovik started her business in 2007, eight years after she arrived penniless from her native Belarus. The history buff had fallen hard for the run-down castles she discovered in the Czech countryside. Although it took Makovik more than five years to close her first deal, she says she now sells up to three historic properties a month, priced from 12,000 euros ($13,000) to 4 million euros. Lenka Duskova, a broker from Luxent, an agency that specializes in high-end homes in and around Prague, says selling castles is a challenge. Clients love the idea of living in an elegant historic manor, but it doesn't take long before they balk at the costs of renovation and shy away from the realities of living in the biggest building in a tiny Czech town.
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