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

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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.

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

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16 Comments

  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: https://www.varconvention.com/why-var-members-really-come-to-convention-the-twitterazzi/

  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 – https://sfconnectism.wordpress.com
    (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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Techie’s guide to NAR’s mid-year meetings

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Are you coming to NAR’s Mid Year Meetings in Washington DC on May 11-13? If so, here’s a quick and dirty guide to what to check out and where to grab a cocktail. If you are going to be at the meetings please be sure and let me know, in the comments or DM me @nartech. I’d love to meet the Agent Genius crowd IRL.

Follow Along at MidYear Live

Even if you aren’t going to be in DC you can still follow the action at Mid Year Live.

Midyear Live brings all the news and conversation about the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo direct to you. Visit Midyear Live between May 11-14 to check out Twitter and Facebook coverage, follow featured NAR members as they attend the event, and view news reports and recorded sessions.

From the Center for Real Estate Technology—Throughout the meetings…

Starting Tuesday, May 11, CRT is sponsoring the Wi-Fi area in the Marriott Wardman Park in the Maryland Foyer.  It will be available 24 hrs a day thru Saturday 2pm.
The Bloggers’ Lounge opens at the Omni in the Forum Room, Tues – Thurs 10am – 6pm and Friday from 10am – 4pm.

Wednesday May 12:  Business Issues Committee 10:00 AM-Noon, Marriott Wardman, Salon 3

This is where technology policy issues are discussed. If you have an interest in issues like data security and privacy, net neutrality and other tech policy issues, come and observe the Business Issues Committee and say hello. I am one of the staff executives for this committee.

Wednesday May 12: Tweetup 5:00-7:00 PM Marriot Wardman Park Lobby

To RSVP and more info.

Wednesday May 12 Raise the Roof Event 5:00PM-8:00PM Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U Street

Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres on trendy U Street. RSVP to erin@listhub.com with your full name and company by May 3.

Thursday May 13: Business Technology Peer Breakout Sessions 8:00AM-11:00 AM, Omni Shoram Ambassador Room

Garron Selliken, Todd Carpenter, Heather Elias, Keith Garner, Tina Merritt, Jeff Allen, Kelley Koehler, Dale Chumbley, Nobu Hata, Greg Carpenter, among others will be on hand to discuss tech topics that all real estate professionals should know about.  Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Market Stats, Converting web leads to clients, mobile apps, and other business tools will be discussed during these informal conversations.

Thursday May 13: Business Technology Forum 3:00PM-5:00PM, Omni Shoram Empire Room

Hear what industry thought leaders have to share about today’s and upcoming tech trends.
Jeff Allen, Heather Elias, Garron Selliken, and Aaron Wheeler share their experience & insights on how technology is impacting their day-to-day business.  Audience questions are welcome.

Friday May 14: LinkedIn Breakfast 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Omni Shoram, Bloggers Lounge

Join Todd Carpenter and other NAR LinkedIn members for coffee and danish. For more info

If you know of something I missed, please let me know in the comments. Hope to see you in DC!

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National Association of REALTORS Convention 2014

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It’s Novermber 2014…

nar chicago…and we are all excited about the NAR convention this year.

I can’t wait to go through Finance World where we find the latest on nano-mortgage technology from Bank of United States (the company after the B of A/Citibank/ J P Morgan Chase merger) where an iris scan and fingerprints get done and the each borrower with less than 20% down get to do the new PMI, Person Mortgage Insurance, where they assign one of their friends or relatives as collateral until the loan gets paid down to 78%.

Ah, then the new key sharing device from GeBallMart (the merger result of GE, Major League Baseball and Wal-Mart) which makes your take the SATs again (paying the 475 Euro fee) in order to do a digital iPhone7.9 puzzle in order to be escorted into a property from a member of Blackwater Realty Security Services (a subsidiary of the CIA- a deal made in order to get people health care).

Ah, and the special speakers.  There’s inspiration on how to turn your life around when there are only 11 trashy women in your life that you sleep with.  Amazing how you can go from one sport to another and then to another and go from the lowest lows to the highest highers.  Yes, I am talking about Professional Bowling’s superstar, Tiger “Balls” Woods.

I can’t wait to hear was he has to say about life’s ups and downs now that my fellow agents and I have had the commissions we make revealed to the buyer before they even see a house and how the government maximized the maximum amounts to $500 for door opening/agreement and $1000 for door opening/agreement and settlement attendance.

Just like the mortgage brokers that got messed with in 09/10, we should have seen it coming but instead we lived high on the hog and laughed at the public and especially Congress.

But I can be thankful for the fact that I don’t have to fly on UseLess Airline and stay at the MarryRot in the beige rooms with the bed bugs that are the size of New York rats, I can stay home and see all that’s happening on my SuperMac 7 Apple computer with smellovision, video and scan-pay ability.

The best and the worst part is no real hangovers!

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Inman’s Got Enough Money. Let’s Give Some To MFFO

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It doesn’t get any better than this – you can actually get Inman Connect Tickets and help a charity at the same time!  I was the lucky winner of Inman Real Estate Connect Registration Passes and with the creative help of some friends (thanks @tcar and @andykaufman) decided to auction them for charity.

Inman Connect San Francisco
I’m sure @jbern had no clue what was going to happen when he started the competition: What’s Your Tweet Worth? ….between Jay Thomson’s raffle and this auction, there are some creative minds at work to help our colleagues as well as great charities.

So here’s what I would love for you to do –

1.  go place a bid

2   spread the word  **tweet it! facebook it! email it! **

3. check on the bid

4.  spread the word again **tweet it! facebook it! email it! **

The highest bidder will win full registration to Inman Connect San Francisco (both Inman Connect and Blogger’s Connect passes) and proceeds will go to Mothers Fighting For Others (that’s a $939 value).  What are you waiting for??? Go Bid!  We will be announcing the winner before the weekend.

**thanks for the tix Inman!!  Let’s see how much money we can raise**

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