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I’m not a cool guy anymore (as if I ever was before)

All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

OK, I know I’m not going to be with the cool crowd next week at Inman. But while my new baby Wolverine has me at home learning to be a dad, I would love for someone to bring me back a souvenir. Not the cheesy t-shirt kind of souvenir, but something that will make me a better Realtor, a better Broker, a better Marketer, a better Blogger, a cool guy! Will someone please bring me the ultimate souvenir and answer these questions:

1. What is the coolest new gadget/tech tool for real estate?
2. What is the coolest new real estate business model?
3. Who has the coolest new real estate website?
4. What’s the best new tip to convince my clients that I’m cool?
5. Who had the most punk rock attitude at Inman? (screw the norm, I’m doing it this way)
6. When will an IDX provider create T, Z, and R type tools for me to brand myself?
7. When will the housing market turn?
8. When will voice recognition, GPS and real estate data merge into a killer mobile solution?
9. How many beers does it take to turn a blogger into a splogger?
10. Who was the coolest presenter that I should be certain to see any chance I get?

Does anyone else have a souvenir request from Inman? Let’s aggregate our questions to be answered in the comments below and see if anyone is cool enough to bring us the perfect t-shirt.

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Chaotic Good adventurer on a quest to optimize the lives of others. Husband & Father to Wolverines. Founder of RETSO + Managing Director at Path & Post.



  1. Jim Duncan

    July 20, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Brad –

    This will be the third Connect conference I will have attended. Most (1,2,3,4,8) aren’t answered there, IMHO – they’re answered here. The value I have found at Inman is this – you get to see who the traditional leaders are, and gauge their reactions, both in conversation and body language, to some of the discussions. In addition, the Beer with Bloggers (which I’m sadly missing this year) is invaluable, and I suspect that the RE BarCamp (also missing) will be far more valuable for Realtors who actually practice real estate than Connect will be.

    That said, I’m looking forward to meeting others (again) and to hearing Merlin Mann speak, as well as CR from Calculated Risk. Hugh MacLeod was great last year.

  2. Matt Wilkins

    July 20, 2008 at 9:26 am

    I tihk the most important “schwag” you can take away from any professional conference is ideas/knowledge. If used properly Its return on investment is much more than any can cozy or mousepad.

  3. kelley de housechick koehler

    July 20, 2008 at 9:28 am

    #6 – when? now. email me for the hookup.

  4. Candy Lynn

    July 20, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I’m with Brad I want answers on all 10 of his questions!
    Looking forward to tweet updates!

    Brad – you are a cool kid because you’re a tweeter!
    You can be even cooler & be part of the twitterazzi at:

  5. Benn Rosales

    July 20, 2008 at 9:40 am

    We’re going to cover it top to bottom.

  6. Matt Stigliano

    July 20, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Not to get off topic, but…

    First the Ramones now the Descendents? I officially am a fan of Brad now.

    Wish I had my iPod on me right now.

  7. Brad Nix

    July 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    @Matt Glad you caught my Descendants reference and glad to have fans. There are more punk rockers than I expected in the re 2.0 world.

  8. Paula Henry

    July 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I can’t wait to read the disection of all the tools and information. That will be my souvenir and hanging out here with all the other uncool kids 🙂

  9. teresa boardman

    July 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Paula you are way cool. Lani is being very bad having a title like that for the post. I will speak to her, and maybe even send her to her room.

  10. Paula Henry

    July 20, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I am feeling much better now 🙂 Really though, even the uncool kids at AG, who are not attending are still cool company to keep.

  11. ines

    July 20, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I’m doing a photoblog to take pics of all the cool people I’ve learned to love (….and hate)….nah – none of those –
    (the name was Mariana’s contribution who also cannot make it)

  12. Dale Chumbley

    July 21, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Definitely more punks than one might expect! But who else to be on the edge? I’m also a new found fan of Brad’s (always liked him but now even more!) ;?) I think the tie threw me a bit… lol!

  13. Bill Lublin

    July 21, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Brad; The best part of any meeting is the people – that being said some chocolate from Sf owuld not be a bad consolation. Anyone who isn’t there is a loss to all of us – we ALL want to hang out together – so maybe VAR’s next party in Baltimore ? Or NAR in Orlando –

  14. Bob

    July 21, 2008 at 8:49 am

    With CR there, the shirt should read. “The truth? You can’t handle the truth!”

  15. Kathy Drewien

    July 21, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Driving a Jeep Wrangler while listening to the blues makes me cool. Hanging with the RE techie crowd makes me smart. Since I’m vacationing at the beach this week instead of attending Inman or RE Bar Camp, I’ll be following the tweets. That is, if Twitter can handle it!

    @Bill Lubin I’m on board for NAR in Orlando. Let’s plan a tweet-together for all the cool and smart RE techies.

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