Technology

Connect: where the real estate industry met Larry Page

Event brings disruptive technologies into sharp focus, 'as far-fetched and weird and different as they may be'
Published on Jun 27, 2013

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. Turns out, he knew what he was talking about.Page’s prophecy epitomizes the out-of-the-box, forward-thinking ideas in the spotlight at Real Estate Connect.Some of them may take off. Others wi...