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“Real Estate Leaders Convene at LeadingRE International Symposium in Rome”

September 19, 2008

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As RISMEDIA noted in today’s article entitled “Real Estate Leaders Convene at LeadingRE International Symposium in Rome” Click Here to Read the Full Article the powerhouse Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (sm) network, the most successful real estate services network in the world, brought many of their Chicago staff to the eternal city for three days of networking and discussion on the economy and its affect on the real estate market in general and the luxury real estate market in particular.

Chicago was one of the better represented cities at the conference — The entire leadership team of Leading RE, including Paul Boomsma, Ruth Ann Pepple, and CEO Pam O’Connor all hail from the Windy City.

In addition, two of Chicago’s most powerful independent brokers were represented.  Stephen Baird of Baird and Warner sits on the Board of Directors for Leading RE, and your humble blogger John D’Ambrogio, represents the interests of the membership as the chair of the Leading RE Advisory Council.  Leading RE has company representatives in 38 countries and is growing every day.

Sessions included a panel on luxury lifestyle developments including representatives of properties in the Dominical Republic, Portugal, and Chicago’s own Ritz Carlton Residences, the luxury Michigan Ave. development represented by Rubloff.  The Ritz also was a sponsor of the event.

The feeling I took away, after hearing my colleagues from around the globe speak, is that Europe is certainly faring better than the U.S. in terms of real estate (or immobliare, as the Italians would say).  Chicago, however, along with New York and select other markets, is doing much better than the rest of the county.  That is, if you measure “better” by the phrase “not as bad.”

Real Estate is hotly debated topic in today's turbulent economy.

Real Estate is hotly debated topic in today’s turbulent economy.

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