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2011 Predictions From Industry Experts – Sean Conlon

by Chicago Agent

Sean Conlon: Founder/owner, Conlon: A Real Estate Company

Name three people/businesses that you are watching in 2011.

Nouriel Roubini, author of Black Swan – I’m tired of him making a fortune of being a dooms-dayer.

Benjie Burford, CEO of Conlon & Co., he’s amazing and can handle anything, I would like to see if there are any more tasks I can overload him with.

I’m also watching Mike “The Situation” because he shows me that anyone can succeed in America.

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What plans do you have for your own business in 2011? We intend to open a Lincoln Park office, and we plan to hire about 50 new agents. We are seeing developers dip their toes back in the water and we’re going to be helping them back into the pool.

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Where will the real estate opportunities be in 2011? Real estate opportunities will be less about “where” and more focused on “what.” The opportunities will be people finally realizing they have hit the bottom and now will start to buy homes or acquire potential investment opportunities. This will be the best time in our age/lifetime that we’ll see for investment opportunities.

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Is there anything going on in the industry right now that you’d like to change? I think it’s time for the fear mongering and hand wringing to stop. I also think people need to stop looking back to the glory days of the 90s and early 2000s. This needs to stop; it’s a new real estate era. Instead, look forward to the future. Lastly, people must stop savoring the devastation and look to the future, which is firmly a CONLON Real Estate attitude.

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Sean Conlon is the owner/founder of CONLON: A Real Estate Company. He can be reached at 312.733.7201.

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