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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    Leading the Revolution

    Fresh from attending the annual Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference in Las Vegas, I feel a renewed sense of excitement and purpose. This was by far the most content rich conference I’ve attended in several years. I went out early to attend the pre-conference MarTech symposium. The sessions were chock full of great information on social media, the latest technologies and real life examples of innovative real estate brokerages like Long Realty of Tucson, AZ. Next up was the main conference ‘Leading the Revolution’. Three impressive speakers kicked off the event: David Stevens, FHA Commissioner, Ron Peltier, Chairman and CEO of Home Services of America, and Guy Kawasaki, a venture capitalist formerly of Apple computer fame. One word sums it up – WOW! The conference continued with outside speakers and members sharing their secrets to success. I participated in a panel  on agent blogging along with Peter Rabitz of Wetag Consulting in Locarno, Switzerland and Sherrie Porter of EWM Realtors in Southern Florida.

    Awards Ceremony Winners

    The conference ended with two upbeat awards ceremonies. Houlihan Lawrence received the Million Dollar Club Award, having the most closed outgoing referrals with a sales price of $1 million and higher in the entire global network.  We also were rewarded for the Top Propopoly agent blog site. Several of our agent bloggers had success stories from their blogging efforts on Westchester real estate topics in 2009. That’s what clinched the award for us.

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    Finally, we had a special treat of seeing the Beatles LOVE Show by Cirque du Soliel. Since 2009 was such a challenging year for the real estate industry, it was motivating to see that innovation and entrepreneurship did not wane. All in all it was a fabulous week of top-notch educational sessions, networking with great real estate industry friends, and lots of fun. I can’t wait to implement the many new things I learned!