The 'real-place,' real-time continuum

A real estate opportunity in place-based data

NEW YORK — At the beginning of the Real Estate Connect conference last week, Brad Inman gave a presentation on the concept of real-time and what it might mean for the real estate industry in terms of business practices and technology.

However, there were several technologies that may present an opportunity along a different dimensional axis: "real-place." Bear with me as I work this out in this week’s column.

There are several layers of technology and cultural trends that are coming into alignment, based on what I observed at the latest Connect. I’m going to use what I saw to flesh out my thoughts on real-place.