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10 people to watch in 2008

Perspective: Names to note in real estate next year

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The Inman News editorial team is keeping an eye on 10 people we expect to shake up the real estate industry next year. Here are our picks for who to watch in 2008: 1. Errol Samuelson, president, Realtor.com. Samuelson was appointed president of Realtor.com in February and also continues to lead Top Producer Systems, a separate Move company specializing in contact management software. With a heavy background in technology, Samuelson represents a stark change from Realtor.com's outgoing president Allan Dalton, who is best remembered for his outspoken views and traditional real estate marketing background. We'll be watching Samuelson as he leads Realtor.com in a time when competition is growing by the minute from sites like Zillow, Trulia, Google Base and the most recent entrant, Frontdoor.com. 2. Sheila Bair, chairwoman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. In 2007, Bair led the push for mortgage loan servicers to engage in wholesale workouts with troubled borrowers facing interest rate reset...