In early 2009, Inman News released "The 10 Points List," a set of proposed reforms for the real estate industry.
The list was honed through input from our readers in the "Roadmap to Recovery" editorial project, which served as a backbone for some focused news coverage over the past year, ranging from unconventional forms of industry compensation to the rise of mobile technologies and other innovations that are deconstructing brick-and-mortar barriers.
In 2010, Inman News is planning a series of in-depth editorial projects that highlight hot-button industry topics, from the so-called "shadow inventory" of bank-owned properties to an examination of the history and evolution of the multiple listing service system.
Our coverage plan is intended to help our audience gain a foothold in the market’s recovery and play an active role in the real estate rebuild: a sustainable real estate market that provides ample opportunities for homeownership but is neither the lone engine nor a ball and chain for the economy as a whole.
This month, Inman News will present "Real Estate Survivor," an editorial project that will feature agent and broker success stories and survival strategies amid economic upheaval and uncertainty.
Also this month, watch for Inman’s "2020 Re-Envision: The Future of Real Estate Brokerage" survey and related coverage. Some questions that we will address: Where will the real estate brokerage industry be in 10 years? Will the role of real estate brokers change? What will be different about the services and technology that brokers offer? Will the industry landscape be unrecognizable from its current state?
As always, we welcome reader comments, suggestions, questions, tips and participation. Let us know what news and commentary is most important to you. You can send e-mail to the Inman News Editorial Department or call (510) 658-9252, ext. 137.
January – Real Estate Survivor: Agents and brokers share their survival and success strategies; To Be a Broker profiles and survey results; 2020 Re-Envision: The Future of Real Estate Brokerage. A survey and related series of articles.
February – Rebuilding Homeownership: A new face of homeownership rises from the settling dust of the mortgage and economic crisis. More coverage related to 2020 Re-Envision. …CONTINUED
March – The Shadow Threat: Does the so-called "shadow inventory" represent another looming disaster for the real estate market, or is it more hype than reality?
April – Rewiring Real Estate: A look at the technologies in the real estate industry that have had the most dramatic impact, to date, and the latest wave of technological innovation.
May – Real Estate Globetrotting: A look at the global business of real estate, the spread of popular real estate franchises and the globalization of real estate information and technology. Also, an examination of trends among foreign buyers in the U.S. market, and among U.S. buyers in foreign markets.
June – MLS in the Mirror: The evolution of the U.S. multiple listing service system, and where it is headed. Inman News will detail the making of an MLS system, and look at impetus to change … and barriers to change, the MLS system as we know it. What are the important milestones in the history of the MLS system?
July – Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, and related coverage.
August – Compensation Reinvention: Some real estate companies are structuring agent compensation in new ways. A look at what’s working, from an industry and consumer perspective, and trends in industry compensation.
September – Real Estate’s Next Big Boom: What market segments, geographic areas are hot and hotter, and why? Will new federal checks and balances prevent another runaway real estate boom? What’s in store for the next real estate cycle?
October – VOWs: Where are they now? Examples of innovation on the VOW front. What companies are utilizing true VOWs (Virtual Office Web sites) and what is the consumer response? Are VOWs doomed to remain in the shadows of IDX (Internet Data Exchange) sites?
November – Thrill of the Real Estate Hunt: How are consumers searching for — and finding homes online these days? What is the mix of Web sites and apps they are using to hone their searches, and how do agents fit into this digital hunt?
December – The Inman 100: Most Influential Leaders, Real Estate’s 50 Most Influential Online, Top Stories of 2010, 2011 Forecast.
A copy of this year’s editorial calendar is also available online at: inman.com/editorialcalendar.
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