RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

MAY 2016

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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{Publisher's Desk} Real-World Connectivity I write this having just returned from NAR's annual REALTOR Benefits® Partner meeting, an intimate event that provides attendees with a first- hand look at market conditions, the challenges faced by today's REAL- TORS®, and the many dynamics affect- ing today's homebuyers and sellers. The most invaluable aspect of this meeting, however, is the opportunity provided to the Benefts Partners, who have the rare chance to spend time together and share strategies for de- veloping and marketing products and services to REALTORS®. The ability for this group to meet off-site, outside the confnes of the day-to-day grind, opens doors to ideas and relationships that may never happen otherwise. We can all relate. In an increasingly rapid-fre world, it's all we can do to plow through the demands of any given day within our own respective frms. The chance to meet new people, gain new perspective and deliberate over fresh concepts is a luxury we seldom indulge in. To that end, this month's cover story takes a close-up look at Engel & Völkers' annual Exchange event. This industry has no shortage of conferences, and we're inevitably too busy to attend. But there are infnite reasons why you should, say Engel & Völkers affliates. Find out the many ways they beneft from the event starting on page 34. The power of interaction is also why RISMedia offers several important conferences each year. We front-load our events with frst-class education, but the real gold lies in the chance to connect with your peers from across the country. The unplanned conversation you have in the elevator can provide you with an idea that changes how you do business. It's that simple. So I invite you to check out two of our upcoming events: RISMedia's Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. on May 12, from 10:30 - 12:00 p.m., and RISMedia's Annual Real Estate CEO Exchange held at Manhattan's Harvard Club on Sept. 13 and 14. At these events, Power Brokers and thought leaders come together in a private environment where they can candidly share the diffculties and opportunities they confront each day. Visit rismedia.com/events for more details. I hope to see you out there at our conferences and others, and Iook forward to sharing a great idea or two! Wishing you continued success, John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Mobile Real Estate ID MRE - Win Local

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