SAN FRANCISCO–A young Barry Diller had his first taste of real estate from the seat of a bulldozer, knocking down homes and buildings situated on the Southern California land his family bought and developed in the 1940s. Diller's business entrance into the real estate industry last year with the purchase of LendingTree was almost as loud, but not nearly as destructive. The entertainment veteran who recently graced the cover of Fortune magazine and who casually talks about his good friend Jack Nicholson, spoke to a packed audience today during Inman News' Real Estate Connect 2004. For Diller, this was a return to the city where he was born. But the faces in real estate are still somewhat unfamiliar to him. Diller's company InterActiveCorp is known for its operating brands Ticketmaster, Expedia, Hotwire, CitySearch, Hotels.com and Match.com, to name a few. In addition to LendingTree, some of the company's real estate brands include RealEstate.com and ServiceMagic. When Diller put h...
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