RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

NOV 2018

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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I just returned from attending LeadingRE's Global Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, where I was honored to moder- ate the Thought Leaders panel (page 40). While attending this confer- ence certainly gives one a great excuse to visit a spectacular destination, it offers so much more than that. Being part of the event in Barcelona revealed not only the vast potential for brokers within the LeadingRE network, but really the wide-ranging possibilities this business holds for all of us. It all comes down to perspective—looking at how we do business in new ways, whether that means reaching across borders or shaking up what we're doing right in our own backyards. That's just what David Mele and his team did when they relaunched the Homes.com site earlier this year. "As we looked across the home search landscape, we found what we termed a 'sea of sameness,'" says Mele in our cover story this month (page 32). "We wanted to break away from the status quo and create something that would serve today's homebuyers and those in the future." We love David's thought process and enthusiasm in steward- ing the new Homes.com. Here at RISMedia, we're privileged to learn about real estate professionals each day who are doing their part to "break away from the status quo" to serve homebuyers and sellers. That's why we launched our Real Es- tate Newsmaker Awards last May and broadened the search this summer. As I write this, our team is finalizing the list from the thousands of nominations that poured in, and we're excited to spotlight RISMedia's 2019 Real Estate Newsmak- ers in next month's December issue. Finally, if you're reading this while in Boston for the annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo, please join us on Friday, Nov. 2, for our annual Power Broker Forum at the Boston Convention Center, Level 2 – Room 258. Our panel of lead- ing brokers will discuss how to "Compete—and Win—in a Changing Real Estate World." We hope to see you there and/ or at our Power Broker Reception & Dinner that evening. Wishing you continued success, John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Broadening Perspectives Leading the Team in 2019: John Smaby Steps in as NAR A SMARTER TO FIND A How Homes.com Home Search From Pam O'Connor, Michael Saunders, Paul Boomsma and I at the Global Symposium in Barcelona. Photo Credit: AJ Canaria of PlanOmatic

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