RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

OCT 2017

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 write this having just returned from RISMedia's annual Real Estate CEO Exchange, an exclusive industry think tank we host in New York City each September. This year's invitation-only gathering of more than 230 brokerage leaders and C-level industry executives was one of the most productive to date. HomeServices Chairman and CEO Ron Peltier was gracious enough to kick off this year's CEO Exchange with his State of the Real Estate Union Address. His insights were candid and invaluable, and we were honored to have him open the day-and-a-half-long event. When I spoke with Ron post-show, he paid us an even greater honor when he said that the CEO Exchange stands apart from other events because it is truly focused on information that is pertinent to broker/owners, and that our panels are comprised of people who really care. Our mission with the CEO Exchange, and any event we host, is to bring together a great collection of thought leaders, those who want to grow the business and who are influencing the industry. For our events to be successful—for them to be worthy of your precious time—they must be meaningful. We are glad to know that our events are making a difference for so many of you. And whether you're an agent, a broker or a franchise, making a real difference with your respective constituents is essential not only for your success, but for theirs. Take a look at this month's cover story for an example of one firm that is setting itself apart on the brokerage playing field with a business model that offers both low fees and maximum service. Not just chasing unicorns, HomeSmart is offering real, tangible solutions. In a time when everyone is buzzing about "disruptors," HomeSmart CEO Matt Widdows says that "disruption is the last thing the broker, agent or consumer wants. They want a modern experience, time- and cost- cutting efficiency and to know help and support is never more than a text, click or call away." Find out more about how HomeSmart is making a real difference beginning on page 34. Finally, for complete coverage of RISMedia's 2017 Real Estate CEO Exchange, please visit rismedia.com, our Housecall blog, or RISMedia on Facebook. Wishing you continued success, John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Making a Real Difference Cyber Security: The Threat and the Measures to Take STOP CHA UNICORNS How HomeSmart to Be the Ideal Brok

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