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ReTechSouth… Practicing What you Preach



ReTechSouth is this Friday, March  20th in Atlanta, Georgia.  By now you either know about it and are coming or it didn’t quite make your schedule this year.

Social Media in Action

I have been to a lot of conferences this year, NAR, Inman, Keller Williams.  I have to say ReTechSouth the best organized conference I have ever planned on attending.

Brad Nix from MaxSells Realty in Atlanta and a contributor on Agent Genius and Matt Fagioli from Diamond Dwellings in Atlanta have raised the bar on using Social Media to promote and stay in touch with all the attendees.
•    Every attendee can set up a profile page and submit you want to meet someone, you are their friend, or you are a fan.
•    The conference is updated on Facebook regularly
•    You can schedule your sessions on line and print it out to bring with you. Saves paper, and lets you plan what you really want to learn about.
•    Set up a photo stream on Flickr. You can email photos from your phone at
•    Follow along on Twitter.
•    Set up a hashtag #rets09 on Twitter
•    Promoted through video

The Conversation Begins

ReTechSouth was started “to promote a conversation about the technological changes impacting the real estate industry.  The goal was to bring together in one room some of the best minds in the industry to share their knowledge”.

Brad and Matt have raised the bar, for organizing conferences. (I heard it was sold out.) With the conference organizers using Social Media to the max, is there any question that they are putting the best practices in social media into action to get proven results?

Any conference built with the attendees in mind can’t help but be as good as it is being promoted to be.

My schedule is planned and I can’t wait to see everyone in Atlanta.

Written by Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Ann Arbor. Missy is the author of Ann Arbor Real Estate Talk and Blog Ann Arbor, and is also the Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Member of MLS and Grievance Committee's.

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  1. Brian Block

    March 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Hi Missy,

    It sounds great, but I just returned a week ago from the RE/MAX Conference in Vegas. And having attended 5 or 6 conferences in 2008, and planning to go to SF Connect this Summer, my schedule’s pretty full. Plus, I’ve got to manage all my current business (some of which has come as a result of things I’ve learned at conferences).

    It does sound like ReTechSouth’s got their stuff together!

  2. Brad Nix

    March 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm


    Thanks for the kind words, but the main reason REtechSouth is gonna rock is because of the content and quality speakers like yourself. Be sure to check out Missy share her knowledge about Building Your Community, One Blog Post at a Time:

    p.s. the “official hashtag” is #RETS

    See you soon!

  3. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    March 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I am so looking forward to RETechSouth – loved how Brad and Matt have put things together and can’t wait to see everyone.

    Just took a look at the schedule, and there’s something in there for everyone….even the more advanced RE Geeks (and the highlight will be moderating 6 power houses: you, @housechick, @tboard, @gingerw, @hthrflyn and @jimduncan) 😉

  4. Michelle DeRepentigny

    March 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Breaking news on Twitter this afternoon is that they have opened up 50 more seats…so it is still not to late to attend!

  5. Missy Caulk

    March 17, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Brian, I hear ya… on the number I have attended this year. This one is just so well organized they raised the bar.

    Brad is there two hashtags? Thanks for that one. I only found the 09 thing.

    Ines, can’t wait to see you either, the emails yesterday were crackin’ me up.

    Michelle, ohhh I hadn’t heard that, Thanks for the update. See ya soon.

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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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