RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

AUG 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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O rganized real estate is constantly being challenged. However, the threats today are more powerful and real than ever before. "Disruptors" to the real estate industry— as they are described by many—come from both within and without. Under the 12-year leadership of Dale Stinton, the National Association of REALTORS® and our entire industry experienced a constant influx of challengers seeking to influence and sway the consumer toward alternative avenues for transacting real estate. Every decade has presented challenges to the real estate industry, often viewed by disruptors as archaic and therefore, ripe for change. Every challenger has questioned the value proposition we provide to the consumer. And the most recent class of disruptors has spent an incredible amount of capital to integrate cutting-edge technology to appeal to the consumer's growing sophistication. However, in due course, many of these disruptors have forced our industry to change and adapt, which, in my opinion, has made us stronger and even more valuable to the consumer. That is why it is so important that, once again, our industry be led by an innovative and experienced executive at the helm of the National Association of REALTORS®. The need for continued strong leadership to face the challenges of today and tomorrow has never been greater, and that is why the selection of Bob Goldberg as the new CEO of NAR is absolutely the right choice. I have known Bob for more than 25 years and have had the opportunity to work with him directly on many occasions. He is a smart business person who has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to manage, adapt, change, transform and produce results. And most importantly, his intentions are pure—REALTORS® and the consumers they serve are always his No. 1 priority. We wish Bob all the best as he officially steps into the CEO role this month (read more about his appointment on page 23), and we extend our gratitude and best wishes to Dale. In this issue, we also take a look at the firestorm caused by one of the industry's latest "disruptors"—Zillow's Instant Offers—in our survey results on page 29. For a prime example of a brand that's adapting to better serve consumers, see our cover story on page 32 about the ever- evolving Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and how Gino Blefari is leading the firm to the future. John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Leading in the Age of the Disruptors Grow Your Business With Technology: NAR's e-PRO The Leader in Real Estate Information New on On location Montecito, Operations; CEO; Chris Smith, Berkshire

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