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Visionaries pull back curtain on real estate future

Part 4: The future of real estate: 2010

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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 1: Where will we be in 2010?; Part 2: The mortgage debit card debuts and Part 3: REM: The Real Estate Marketplace.) Looking to the future at first conjures pictures of flying cars that fold into briefcases, doors that open by recognizing fingerprints and microchips implanted in our brains that keep tabs of our bank accounts, important passwords and contact databases. Fast-forwarding to 2010 may not seem too far away, but big changes lie ahead for the real estate industry. Inman News asked some industry visionaries what changes they pre...