Hacker Connect January 16 in New York
An event for and by the real estate tech community

Real estate professionals -- including some who are wary of changes the Internet has brought to the industry -- are flocking to a Web site that helps them set up their own blogs and raise their online profile.  The Active Rain Real Estate Network, which hosts real estate blogs and forums, uses the same model employed by hugely popular sites like MySpace and YouTube. The site's developers provide a free portal, but it's up to users to supply the content. The "user-generated" content created by Active Rain members generates traffic and more users, boosting the site's popularity in a self-perpetuating cycle. Although the Active Rain has only been up and running since June, this week it broke the 3,000-member mark and is growing at an exponential rate as word of mouth spreads. "The fir...