Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) hosted the 2018 Global Symposium September 27-29 at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain. The conference offered industry professionals affiliated with LeadingRE the opportunity to gain insights into the global marketplace and discuss new strategies for growing a business. The event brought together attendees from 27 countries around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Romania, Thailand, Malta, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand and South Africa.
“As we continue to strengthen our network worldwide, we find incredible value in bringing together real estate leaders from diverse markets who benefit from the experience, insight and range of perspectives that come from our global membership,” says Paul Boomsma, President/CEO of LeadingRE. “Those who attended the symposium are committed to delivering a superior experience for real estate consumers. By learning about the latest market trends, technology initiatives and best practices, they distinguish themselves as market leaders.”
Keynote speakers included Dean Foster, founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, who addressed cultural competency and the importance of thinking globally when working across cultures. Wendy Alexander, executive consultant of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson, shared success strategies for thriving in a fiercely competitive business.
The symposium also included Matthew Ferrara, dean of Innovation for LeadingRE Institute, who discussed the role of artificial intelligence, big data, predictive analytics and mobile strategies in rewriting the rules of marketing. Marci Rossell, chief economist for LeadingRE, shared insights about population shifts, demographic changes and political influences that are affecting the global economy.
Attendees also heard from Boomsma, who discussed the top trends affecting real estate in 2018, including the fusion of global growth and advanced technologies. Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International®, spoke about similarities and differences in global consumers around the world. LeadingRE’s Executive Director of Global Operations Chris Dietz addressed trends in key growth markets and facilitated discussions with member panelists on real estate practices in their local markets.
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