Connect’s Startup Alley is a look into the future of real estate services

Automation (not only bots) will alter the way real estate agents work with customers for the foreseeable future
  • Startup Alley at Inman Connect New York (January 22-26, 2018) has a number of tech companies focused on automation and agent support.
  • Technology trends are suggesting that agents will need to focus more on service and less on managing information.

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Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. Startup Alley has long been my favorite part of Inman Connect (January 22-26, 2018, New York City) not only because it shines a spotlight on cutting-edge technology, but because I find it to be the most accurate measure of where the real estate industry is headed. You see, the future of many industries can be read in the sweaty palms of those developing tools to support it. (Henry Ford, anyone?) Looking at the list of companies expected at Connect's hub of tech energy, I see an industry steamrolling toward high-touch consultancy, powered by automation. I picture a more one-on-one approach where fewer clients are taken on. (You know -- the stuff that kept Jerry Maguire up at night.) According to, the 2018 real estate market may experience slight inventory gains, but building problems will continue to hamper new home availability. As these inventor...