Industry News

Welcome to Real Estate Connect 2004

More opportunity, less acrimony

Our 10th Real Estate Connect begins today in San Francisco. The turn out and excitement feels a little like the 1990s when enthusiasm about the innovative side of the real estate industry grew loud. That is what Connect is about. We will focus on the events and trends challenging the real estate industry. The days of turf protection, in-fighting and politics have not vanished, but are overshadowed by the reemergence of capital investment, technological innovation and industry consolidation, combined with the specter of changing market conditions. We're seeing more opportunity and less acrimony this year over last, giving us a clearer view of how the industry might look going forward and how traditional practices are beginning to change. Last year, traditional real estate brokers were fretting about online companies that charged referral fees and published MLS listings on the Internet. This year, firms like Weichert Realtors and Prudential Real Estate have resolved to join ...