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Last week, Househappy participated as a Start Up Alley exhibitor at Inman News’ Real Estate Connect conference. Here are 5 takeaways from my first trip to Real Estate Connect:

1. “Partnerships” seemed to be one of the overriding themes throughout the conference. Nikki Field from Sotheby’s International Realty demonstrated this best during a panel discussion when she talked about “teams, partnerships, and alliances” and how they can ultimately help a broker or agent sell real estate. More and more, I am seeing real estate professionals embrace this concept and implement it in their daily business with great success.

2. Another trend I heard repeated was the importance of brokers/agents learning to think globally. A significant number of real estate professionals understand the power of advertising their listings to a global market––according to one broker, 73% of their sales last year came from international buyers.

3. Inman’s CEO Summit was one of my favorite experiences at Real Estate Connect. It’s unusual to find a forum in which the heads of industry can come together in such an intimate setting. Not only were there great presentations (including one from The New York Times own Andrew Sorkin), but there was also a cocktail hour immediately following which fostered even better connections within the group. (Plus, as an appreciator of design and architecture, I truly enjoyed getting to check out The New York Times building first hand––see pics below).

4. One of the recurring topics in the real estate industry is leveraging new and relevant tech advances; Start Up Alley provides an opportunity for brokers and agents to preview these options. As an exhibitor, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue in which to introduce Househappy.

5. Overall, a week at Real Estate Connect reinforced my belief that Inman News is vital to the real estate industry. Inman regularly produces forward-thinking content that attracts a high level crowd to their events. To keep the industry moving forward, we need people to continue to address the big issues; Real Estate Connect provides a venue for real estate professionals to discuss relevant topics and encourage each other to push the status quo.

Were you at Real Estate Connect NYC? I’d love to hear what you learned or what your favorite part was! Comment or tweet us @househappyinc.

Also, check out some of the photos from our trip below.

All the best,

Kevin McCloskey
Founder & CEO

Inman News stopped by the Househappy booth in Start Up Alley and spoke with Robyn Woodman, head of business development, about Househappy’s photo-driven search and how the site functions for mobile devices.

Househappy will be at booth #S20 at the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City through Friday, January 17th.

Watch the video below or check out the compete article at Inman News!

Will you be attending the Property Portal Watch event on January 13th and 14th in New York City? The event––which is timed to precede the Inman Connect Conference at the same location––will be focused on operational performance and provide a detailed overview of the world’s leading property portals. The agenda includes of a mix of peer presentations from executives within the industry, networking opportunities, and panel discussions––one of which will include Househappy’s very own founder/CEO, Kevin McCloskey.

“Keeping it Clean – An Alternative approach to Portal Design” will be held from 4:20 to 5:00pm EST and will be a discussion between McCloskey and Adam Spencer of Street Advisor and Homely, led by Property Portal Watch CEO Alistair Helm.

McCloskey and Spencer will address the trend of simplicity in property portal design, and why they chose the approach of “less is more” when it came to creating their own sites.

For more information on the “Keeping it Clean” panel discussion or for additional event details, visit Property Portal Watch.

If you’ll be attending the Property Portal or Inman Connect events next week, we’d love to hear from you!

Image: Property Portal Watch 

For the last 18 years, Real Estate Connect has been one of the leading real estate technology events in the industry. The semi-annual event is produced by Inman News, alternating between New York and San Francisco, and is an opportunity for industry leaders to network, discover the latest technologies, and look to what’s ahead for real estate.

Househappy is excited to announce that, not only will we be attending January’s Real Estate Connect 2014 at the Grand Hyatt New York, but we will be participating as a Start Up-Alley exhibitor––an opportunity open only to “young, cutting-edge companies.”

“Start-Up Alley companies are creating new solutions to address some of the real estate industry’s biggest challenges,” said David Stein, president and general manager of Inman News. “Real Estate Connect gives these innovators the unique opportunity to showcase their products to thousands of industry leaders.”

Last year’s San Francisco event boasted the largest attendance in 10 years, and we look forward to the opportunity to introduce Househappy in such a large forum filled with some of real estate’s leading thinkers and innovators. If you are planning to attend RE Connect, we encourage you to come by the Househappy booth (exhibit #S20) during AgentReboot on January 14th or Start-Up Alley from January 15th-17th to say “hello” to the Househappy team including:

  • Kevin McCloskey, CEO/founder
  • Robyn Woodman, Business Development
  • Justin Boucher, Operations

We will also be attending the Property Portal Watch event January 13th-14th at the same location.

If you will be in New York City in January, we’d love to connect with you beforehand––introduce yourself in the comments below, find us on Facebook, or tweet us @Househappyinc.

Looking forward to seeing you all next month!

Photo credit: Inman News

Arianna HuffingtonInman News announced Tuesday morning that Arianna Huffington will be the opening keynote speaker at January’s Real Estate Connect NYC. Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, author of thirteen books, and was recently named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list for 2013.

Huffington will join a line-up of over 80 speakers including Dave Liniger, chairman and founder of RE/MAX; Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real; Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams Realty; Joanne Wilson, Venture Capitalist; Josh Miller, CEO and co-founder of Branch; and Lockhart Steele, founder and president of Curbed.

“If there is anyone that knows about partnerships, it is Arianna Huffington,” said Brad Inman, publisher of Inman News. “From her experience with The Huffington Post partnership with AOL, to her Third Metric Conferences that inspire attendees to connect, learn from one another and exchange ideas; Arianna is the perfect keynote speaker for Real Estate Connect NYC. We are thrilled that she will be joining us.”

Source: PRWeb

Web Summit 2013, Europe’s largest tech conference, will take place on October 30 and 31 in Dublin, Ireland and Househappy will be there!

With over 10,000 attendees, Web Summit is a global gathering of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in technology. This year’s sold out Summit will feature more than 350 speakers ranging from founders, investors, CEOs, inventors, and designers. Big names include Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox; Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote; Kevin Rose, Digg founder and Google Ventures VC; and skateboarder turned CEO, Tony Hawk.

Househappy is one of 150 startups invited to attend the Summit’s 2.5 day STARTglobal event––what Forbes is calling “the new hot ticket on the tech conference scene.”

The event is described as “an annual gathering of…the world’s most exciting and disruptive startups.” Among last year’s invitees were Vine, Mailbox, Stripe, Waze, and Coursera.

Househappy is honored to be in such great company and we are beyond excited to be part of this year’s STARTglobal. We will also have a premium exhibition stand at the Summit, so come find us and say hello!