On July 22, 2001 -- eons ago in the digital world -- a man stood on stage at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco and told an audience of real estate bigwigs and tech entrepreneurs from around the country that many homebuyers would eventually search for homes online. Brad Inman, founder of Inman News and Real Estate Connect, said a current of skepticism rippled through the crowd at the suggestion. “What in the hell do you have this guy up there for,” Inman recalls one broad-shouldered broker asking him. “What does this have to do with real estate?” As we know now, to say “a whole lot" probably would have been an understatement. The man on stage painting a future where consumers would surf the Net to hunt down listings was Google co-founder Larry Page. T...