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The future of real estate

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Editor's note: Looking ahead to 2010 we are optimistic that the real estate world will be better, but we also expect radical change. Paul Saffo, at the Institute for the Future, once said that in a two-year period less happens than we would have thought, and in a 10-year period more happens than we could ever imagine. This four-part series is a fun look at what the future may hold for the real estate industry. The predictions are not fact. (See Part 2: The mortgage debit card debuts; Part 3: REM: The Real Estate Marketplace and Part 4: Visionaries pull back curtain on real estate future.) I gave myself an assignment. 2010? What will the future of real estate hold in five years? Go ahead Inman, be bold, be arrogant, and predict the future. Ten years ago, I wrote a series dubbed "Robo Realty," predicting that the MLS would be on the Internet, we would have a seamless digital transaction and three-dimensional pictures of every home would be on the Web. This task is a little like pr...