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If you think you know everything there is to know about Caroline Manzo, allow her to tell you a-something you maybe didn't know: She used to own her own real estate company. Yes, prior to appearing on The Real Housewives of New Jersey from Seasons 1-5 and then starring in her own spinoff, Manzo'd with Children, for three seasons, Caroline was deep in the real estate game.
"I pretty much stopped real estate when I started Housewives," she revealed on sons Albie and Chris Manzo's podcast, Dear Albie. "Very few may know this but I owned my own real estate company for many years and it's what put [Albie] through college and everything else, so hooray for me, but then it got to be too much when Housewives started so I stopped it."
In fact, if you check out the clip above, you'll get to see Caroline in realtor action, as she shows sister Dina Manzo houses for sale on Season 1 of RHONJ. (Dina recently hinted that the two are still estranged).
Caroline also noted that "I'm pretty much retired now" from the "big screen, the big lights, the glamour, the glitz," but has found her true calling as a grandma to daughter Lauren Manzo Scalia's kid, Marchesa "Markie" Scalia.
"I have the baby three to four days a week while Lauren and [Lauren's husband, Vito Scalia] work and they work long hours," she shared. "It was our decision to have the grandmothers watch her rather than starting preschool, but she is starting preschool in September and I'll probably be sitting outside the door of the preschool crying every day."
For more insight on Caroline's new-ish role as a grandma to Markie, who turns 2 in February, check out how she disciplined her own kids in the video below.
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