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Vets tell old dogs why they should learn new tricks

A trio of commercial real estate industry veterans proved you’re never too old to learn during the New York Real Estate Expo last week.

Kent Swig, president of Swig Equities, joined B6 boss Paul Massey on the panel “The Technological Revolution that is changing the face of Real Estate in New York.” as old pal and JLL investment sales guru Bob Knakal listened in.

The panel focused on how it is now each firm’s major responsibility to upgrade their technology to stay ahead of the fray in commercial and residential real estate as consumers, specifically millennials, are demanding change.

Paul Massey, Kent Swig and Bob Knakal

“Technology is a fact. It’s not something that is on its way, it’s here. But it is incumbent on the user,” said Swig during the session.

“While technology enables real estate agents to do more efficient and accurate work, the end result still takes interpersonal skills. Consumers respond to how information is presented.”

The 2019 New York City Real Estate Expo took place at the Hilton Midtown and brought together top commercial and residential real estate professionals for educational sessions, panel discussions, and industry networking.

As well as advice on new technologies and strategies, sessions included reflections on the state and future market as well as need-to-know trends
NYC Network founder and host, Anthony Kazazis, said, “2019 was a big deal for us. It is our 11 year anniversary and we saw a record number of professionals attend.”

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