’s 10-year anniversary is a special date for me, since I was one of the first reporters for the site at its launch. I covered Detroit for the fledgling start-up, at a time when the Web was new frontier to commercial real estate firms. Only the large companies had a basic Web presence. I remember many conversations instructing people in the industry how to type in a Web page address and advising them that email would be much preferred to faxed information—a very counter-intuitive concept in 2000.

Just a two years before was formed, while at another publication, I had interviewed LoopNet founder Dennis DeAndre when he was pushing his fledgling site at a real estate conference. We talked glowingly about how the Internet would change real estate forever. Little did we know that, while technology has made a large impact on the industry, the combined knock-out punch of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the later crash of the unchecked mortgage industry would be much more important over the decade.

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