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Change is good, necessary, says Dave Liniger

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Dave Liniger, the adventurous co-founder of RE/MAX, is always on the move, and he doesn't expect the real estate industry to sit still, either.   Liniger, who shared his industry insights during an Inman News conference call Thursday, said the industry can be resistant to change but it is not immune to change. He should know. Liniger won over the industry after initially battling to get a foothold for the then-radical concept of 100 percent agent commissions.   "Every industry resists change," Liniger said. "So no change happens rapidly. I think the industry has to be tolerant and allow the changes that are coming to come. Everybody has to have a chance to make it work." Citing the example of buyer agency, Liniger said it was "an incredible change in the industry" that gradually gained acceptance until it became a common practice.   Fee-for-service real estate operations likely will become the next major wave of change for the industry, Liniger said, though the shi...