Real estate news has been rife with a crotchety, curmudgeonly, cranky, and crabby cast of characters this year, which may either be pure coincidence or, as some studie have suggested, part of a growing American trend. Take the billionaire owner of the country's largest private home (a stalled project that's now one of the country's largest follies), who got a case of the crazies and threatened to fire all of his employees, and the—count 'em!—two professional athletes (one past, one present) currently embroiled in heated, much-publicized arguments with neighbors. Meanwhile, homeowners associations are out to ax out all traces of individual expression, and a war vet in Indiana didn't see what could possibly be wrong with erecting an effigy of a "masked President Obama hanging from a noose in his front yard." Below, 10 of the most notable grinches of 2012—feel free to tack on additions in the comments.
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