SAN FRANCISCO -- Welcome to San Francisco and to Inman News' Real Estate Connect conference, the annual industry event where real estate meets technology. This year's confab brings together major representatives from Google, RE/MAX International, Yahoo!, Microsoft, the National Association of Realtors, and dozens of other real estate and technology companies. Since the first San Francisco Connect conference in 1997, attendees have recognized the event's knack for bringing together big ideas, confronting conflicts and presenting new partnership opportunities in the face of industry change. This year will be the first in some time to explore new avenues during an undeniable slowdown in housing markets. Conference sessions and panel discussions will explore such issues as how the industry will confront change, the future of multiple listing services, new technology developments in mapping and lead generation, paperless real estate initiatives and succeeding in a down market. Inman News ...
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