Weekly Roundup

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A third of the real estate market was represented at this week's Leading RE conference (via RISMedia):

"Affiliate brokerages of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World representing annual sales production of $280 billion convene this Tuesday through Thursday, March 9-11, at the Encore at Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas for LeadingRE’s annual conference. Approximately 40% of the network’s total member companies are represented at the conference this week by their principals, CEOs or other senior management."

John Burns says it's okay to be optimistic about the economy (via Inman):

"...we believe that positive job creation is getting ready to occur as most of the leading indicators point to solid growth ahead, and recent job loss figures have been only slightly negative. Job creation is going to be driven by big companies who have downsized significantly, as well as small businesses who will slowly return to growth mode."

Clean Slate blog talks about forecasting in 2010 and improving business:

"These are the 'Dog Days' of March:  we still feel winter’s chill (especially here in the northeastern US,) the next major holiday is Memorial Day, and we’re just getting a feel for the 2010 sales market.  We are also inching closer to our first tweak of the Operating Plan, or even possibly, that time when we scrap it completely."

Search exists outside of Google, and here are the top 100 alternatives to prove it (via ReadWriteWeb):

"Look a little further, and market research shows that people actually use four main search engines for 99.99% of their searches: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask.com (in that order). But in my travels as a Search Engine Optimizer (SEO), I have discovered that in that .01% lies a vast multitude of the most innovative and creative search engines you have never seen. So many, in fact, that I have had to limit my list of the very best ones to a mere 100."