Editor's note: This month, Inman News is exploring new designs and functionality for real estate offices, and the use of technology to assist more virtual-office operations. Click here for details. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orange County, Calif., is banking on a new breed of office to satisfy agents' and clients' needs while providing more efficiency in operations. This week, the brokerage opened a new office, which the company dubbed an "entertainment conference venue," in Huntington Beach, Calif., to serve as a satellite to a larger office in Newport Beach. The 1,850-square-foot satellite office features a coffee bar, Wi-Fi, three lounges, two conference rooms, and a 42-inch flat-screen monitor for viewing properties, among other amenities. About 50 sales associates will work out of this office. "Think of it as a very high-end boutique Starbucks type of facility," said Jeff Culbertson, regional executive vice president for the Southwes...
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