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February 18, 2010

Active Networking is Encouraging Sign at Recent IOREBA and NAIOP Events

Filed under: communication,pr,public relations — Caryl Communications @ 8:47 pm
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Two annual real estate events in January provided encouraging signs of activity for the start of 2010. IOREBA’s Urban Developer’s Night in Newark and NAIOP New Jersey’s Real Estate Forecast in Short Hills both attracted record numbers of participants and an unusually high level of energy considering the woes of the past year. Brokers, developers, architects, attorneys, accountants and other commercial real estate professionals compared notes and shared stories as they networked and seemed thankful that 2009 had ended and they had survived.

While no panelist at either program predicted a robust turnaround this year, several highlighted some brightening signs. One IOREBA speaker may have said it best when he forecasted a “sideways year” but also described an increasing number of corporations starting to talk about long-term objectives and real estate for the future.

Simply put – participants at both events “worked the rooms” and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. Their common professional thread was real estate as they confronted the economic realities of 2010 together.

While social networking has its place, there’s still nothing quite like being out with people, especially some you’ve known for decades. I guess it’s the human contact, the camaraderie and encouragement, that helps you move forward into an uncertain economy together and derive a feeling of optimism just from the energy of being there.

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