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2009: The year of waiting?

It has been quite a week. The Inman News Real Estate Connect conference is one of the key events of the RE.net calendar, and this year was more special in at least one respect: It marked the one-year anniversary of the birth of the RE.net as we know it today at the very first RE BarCamp in San Francisco last year when Andy Kauffman, Todd Carpenter and Brad Coy organized an impromptu gathering of bloggers, Realtors, vendors and other similarly minded folks. The venue of RE BarCamp SF this time around was in itself an indication of how far we have come in just a year: the spacious headquarters of Trulia instead of the cramped Elks Lodge facility. But more important was the difference in the greetings. Last year, most of us were meeting each other face-to-face (aka "meatspace") for the first time. People whose blogs we had been reading, with whom we had been interacting over comments and e-mail, suddenly became flesh and blood and faces and smiles. It was like meeting...

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