RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

NOV 2018

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE November 2018 41 a bit of a "global pause" due to three overarching causes: the looming Brexit deadline (at press time); U.S. monetary policy/interest rates; and the trade war between the U.S. and China. While Rossell foresees these issues resolving themselves before too much damage is done, they're currently causing uncertainty, and "when people feel uncertainty, they stop, no matter what culture they're in," she explained. To help members compete around the globe, no matter how economic conditions unfold path forward, Lead - ingRE President Paul Boomsma of- fered Symposium attendees a look at the opportunities in today's mar - ket, and detailed how the network is equipping brokers to compete against new entrants to the real es - tate space. "What are these new competitors doing?" asked Boomsma. "They're doing something consumers like, and we should learn what that is." The Global Symposium was high - lighted by several other high-impact sessions, including interviews with Dietz and broker members from Barcelona, Malta, the Philippines and Thailand; a deep dive into in - novation and technology headed by LeadingRE Dean of Innovation Mat - thew Ferrara; insights into the cur- rent state of the luxury market from Luxury Portfolio President Stephanie Anton; a motivating discussion on sharpening your competitive edge from Wendy Alexander, former CEO of New Zealand brokerage Barfoot and Thompson; and a special pre - sentation from former LeadingRE President and CEO Pam O'Connor. "The most distinctive qual - ity we have is independence," said O'Connor. "We're not beholden to venture capital firms. We're built by brokers for brokers." RISMedia Founder, President and CEO John Featherston helped wrap up the event's educational program by moderating the Thought Leaders session, where panelists shared key takeaways and audience members posed questions. LeadingRE announced that its 2019 Global Symposium will be held in Athens, Greece, from Sep - tember 15 - 17. The network's an- nual conference will be held from Feb. 20 - 22, 2019 at the Wynn in Las Vegas. RE For more information, please visit www.leadingre.com. From left to right: John Featherston, Pam O'Connor, Michael Saunders and Paul Boomsma Guests enjoy the Crystal Gala Awards ceremony. Featherston moderates the Thought Leaders closing session. From left to right: Joe Horning, Boomsma, and Chris Dietz

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