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UPDATE! RE BarCamp San Francisco 2008


on tips in $250 for RE BarCamp 2008 who’s next?

Dontation Rules:

The rules of barcamp are quite specific on donations set for sponsorship. In order to keep all sponsors equal, donations are limited to $250. So whether you’re google, or a start-up you’re all on a level playing field. If you can give please commit today!  If you know a real estate company that doesn’t yet know about Re barcamp, please pass the word!

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Current Commitments to RE BarCamp 2008:

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Michael Price

    January 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    O.K. MLBroadcast is in for $250. Who else will step up 🙂


  2. Ben Martin, CAE

    January 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    VAR is in for $250.

  3. Todd Carpenter

    January 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm is in for $250

  4. Drew Meyers from Zillow

    January 18, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Sounds like a blast — Zillow is in for $500.

  5. Benn Rosales

    January 19, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Great, we’ve got enough for beer, I guess we need to get serious and raise some serious cash!

  6. Andy Kaufman

    January 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    err hand out

  7. Benn Rosales

    January 19, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I intend on drinking heavilly and probably eating my weight so folks need to keep giving…

    It’s time for the next commitment, who’s in?

  8. Andy Kaufman

    January 19, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    A sincere Thank You to Benn & the rest of the sponsors & volunteers

    You all freakin rock.

    Sorry for how that went down, but we live & learn, right?

  9. Daniel Rothamel

    January 19, 2008 at 8:33 pm is in for $250. A Zebra knows a good investment when he sees one.. .

  10. Sandra Naroian

    January 19, 2008 at 9:07 pm is in for $250.

  11. Benn Rosales

    January 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    We’re at $1750, we’ll need twice this amount at least, come on guys!

    Thanks Zebra, and Zipvo!

  12. Michael Price

    January 20, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    New facebook group

  13. Heather Fernandez

    January 22, 2008 at 9:54 am

    What a great idea Andy–Trulia is in!

  14. Michael Price

    January 22, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Welcome to the party Heather, it should be fun. Thanks.

  15. NikNik

    January 29, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Sarah and I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to support this meeting of the minds. MyMarketWare is in for $250!

  16. Andy Kaufman

    January 30, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Awesome, thanks Nicole.

    I’ll add MyMarketWare to the wiki.

  17. Brian Columbus

    February 17, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    HomePerks would be happy to sponsor this event. Count us in for $250 and we’ll see you in SF.

  18. Michael Price

    February 17, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Brian! Glad to have you. I have added you to the sponsor list on the Wiki ( )

  19. Andy Kaufman

    February 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Nice to have you on board Brian.

    Looks like Mike beat me to adding you to the wiki 🙂

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Techie’s guide to NAR’s mid-year meetings



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 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



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



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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