Global Connect

One of the things that always struck me at the last couple of Connect conferences was the number of folks in the audience that came from outside the US.

Last month in San Francisco was no different. I met people from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Spain, France and many others, all walking the floors of the Palace Hotel.

Every day, I look at the Inman News Facebook and LinkedIn groups and there are requests from entrepreneurs and real estate professionals from every corner of the globe who want to participate in the conversation.

So this got all of us at Inman thinking, why not give them that forum?

Let’s get the folks from, Zoomf, Immobilien Scout24, Igglo, Properazzi or and connect them with the people at Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and others and share the insights.

Let’s examine, a truly national real estate search site, MLS driven and controled by Realtors. Sound familiar?

Let’s look at markets in North America, Asia, Europe, South America and understand how the greater global economy can impact even the smallest local markets.

Let’s learn how brokers and agents around the world are retooling, relaunching and reacting to ever-changing global real estate markets.

Let’s understand how new technologies like smartphones, video and social media are knocking down traditional barriers and borders around the globe.

Global Connect will be all of that and more… Mark your calendars, we’re bringing the world to New York City, January 7-9, 2009. You can learn more on the Real Estate Connect NYC 2009 web site. With much more to come.

I’m also looking for speakers, topics and anything else FOREM readers can contribute. I’m honored that this blog reaches the far corners of the globe, and over the years I’ve had many conversations on line and off with readers from around the world.

So whether you’re in Rotterdam or Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town or Chennai, Tokyo or Toronto; if you’re working on a cool technology, doing something innovative with your business, writing a blog or just have a interesting new idea – let me know. I want to hear about all of it. I want to bring you to New York.

Please contact me at joel [at] or phone me at +1 (971) 228-5704.

This should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there.

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