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

It's hard to believe that I am sitting here thinking of the opening sentence to my farewell column for Inman News. I've been a part of the news team here for the last six years and it has become an integral part of who I am. In the summer of 2002, on my very first day in the newsroom, the hot story was about something called VOWs, or virtual office Web sites. National Association of Realtors officers were discussing implementing an MLS policy for dealing with this new method of sharing property listings online. VOWs were treated much like a problem rather than a solution. Like many people at the time, I didn't understand why there was so much fuss about getting property listings online. It seems fitting that in my last weeks on the job, this issue would come full circle in the form of a proposed settlement with the Justice Department. An ugly legal battle and rapidly changing market have quickly shifted the pulpit. Many have said this move doesn't change much in the over...