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‘Andare’ dares to downsize the real estate office

Intero thinks small with high-tech, low-overhead concept

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Editor's note: This month, Inman News is focusing coverage on ways to rethink the traditional real estate office using technology and other efficiencies. This article profiles "Andare," a new office concept created by Intero Real Estate Services Inc.By ERIK PISOR An open floor plan featuring leather sofas, chairs, cafe tables and large central work consoles, within a high-end retail development in California's Silicon Valley, may sound like an Apple store or coffee shop. But this no-cubicle floor plan is Intero Real Estate Services Inc.'s new office model, dubbed Andare. The concept is simple: a smaller, technology-rich office to better meet the needs of today's mobile real estate agents. "Agents aren't spending as much time at their desks as they were 10 years ago," said Gino Blefari, president and CEO of Intero. "They don't need cubicles. They need an attractive space with a few secluded areas where they can go to meet with clients and have acces...