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Letters From the Home Front
Published on Aug 3, 2011

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I'm back from a week at the Inman News Real Estate Connect conference with a new head of steam. I'm a repeat offender. And as rich as the conference sessions are, I always find that the real inspiration comes from what the veterans refer to as "LobbyCon" -- those times spent hanging out in the lobby of the conference venue swapping war stories and ideas with colleagues.

The reality is that this year there doesn't seem to be much new and shiny on the real estate technology front, at least from my view in the visitors' bleachers. Years ago, we were all giddy about those blog things. Then came mashups, video, PDAs, social media, social media and more social media.

Call it a rut, but if