Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Real estate forum kicks off

The 22nd annual University of Michigan & Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum opened in Grand Rapids this morning. Forum attendees from across the state received a welcome from Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

An introduction focusing on the renaissance of Grand Rapids’ downtown was presented by Grand Action co-chairs Dick DeVos, John Canepa and David Frey.

Few people in the audience knew that later today DeVos will be hosting President George Bush for tea at his Ada residence, a remarkable coincidence to what is occurring on the global stage even as developers gather to look at best practices in commercial and industrial real estate.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal will be reporting on the conference at this blog site today and Thursday.

—Carole Valade

1 comment:

Realty Rider said...

As they say, the strong will survive or, in this case, those with a solid record, excellent service, the ability to shift with the market and, frankly, those with some cash in the bank have weathered the shift.So what is the A game in real estate these days? It’s different than what it used to be. Here’s my take on the topic: The Real Estate A Game (most of this is not new)
- Full time
- Admin assistant
- Significant internet presence
- Online social networking
- Virtual tours for all listings
- Tracks expenses for client results
- Is known among local Realtors
- Has a proven track record
- Constantly studies the market
- Constantly listens to the mortgage moving target
- Adept at counseling clients through the uncertainties
- Does not work 24/7 (that Realtor will not have longevity)
- Longevity.That’s my take. Anything less is B material. For more view-