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‘Latte Vision’ to set tone of real estate technology confab

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Advances in e-commerce, mobile payments, cloud computing and digital documents have made our lives easier in profound ways.But not real estate. Buying a home remains a gnarly, complicated process.At the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City, Jan. 16-18, Inman News Publisher Brad Inman will set out his vision for real estate: Buying a home should be as easy as buying a latte."We need a big vision for the overly complicated real estate process. Here is mine: Make the mechanics of buying a home as easy as buying a latte, so homebuyers can focus on the right things," Inman said. The "latte vision" is the theme of Real Estate Connect, the biannual event that asks the hard questions and doesn't shy from controversy.The technology is in place to confirm identity, certify buyers and sellers, enable digital signatures, and mash up and process disparate data on a single transaction platform. The pieces are in place -- what's missing is a bigger vision...