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The Revolution WILL Put YOU in the Driver’s Seat

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My head is spinning. If you’ve been following my Twitter stream, you’ll know that I just got back from Austin, where I spent the past week rocking the F out of the annual South By Southwest Interactive conference.

Not only did I get to spend some time with our beloved ringleaders, Benn and Lani, I got to brag about the AgentGenius community with the WHO’S WHO of Technology & Social Media & I’ll tell you, people KNOW who we are. They KNOW that we GET IT. Times are changing, the revolution is here & guess what YOU’RE PART OF IT!

How freakin cool is that?

I’m really looking forward to sharing more of my experiences with you over the next few weeks.

Writer for national real estate opinion column AgentGenius.com, focusing on the improvement of the real estate industry by educating peers about technology, real estate legislation, ethics, practices and brokerage with the end result being that consumers have a better experience.

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  1. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    March 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Was it not the craziest thing talking to people unaffiliated with real estate that knew who we were and knew that agent genius is made up of people that are the alternative to the traditional brokerage 1.0 way of thought? I was blown away at how far reaching this site truly is- we’ve got such an awesome group here!

    P.S: It was a lot of fun meeting you, we looked hella good out on the town!

  2. BawldGuy Talking

    March 13, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    That video will get you tremendous response. It’s absolutely congruent with your ongoing message. This site is incredibly consistent and congruent, which is what your target audience will most surely appreciate.

    Nobody stays on message like you do.

  3. Greg Swann

    March 13, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Fun seeing Gil Scott Heron after all these years, but he could not have been more wrong. The essence of a coup de etat, by now, is the capture of the broadcasting facilities. And yet the real revolution we are witnessing is a consequence of the decentralization and disintermediation of all sources of power. The revolution will not be televised? No. The revolution is 3 billion channels of information.

  4. Brad Coy

    March 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    “The revolution will put YOU in the driver’s seat”

    More and more so each day – I love this idea of freedom

    Last night I had a long talk over dinner with a mentoring agent who has been in the business for 24 years. He has always managed to keep in control of his own brand identity as an agent in Real Estate a be very successful. It can be a frightening thing to push forward the boundaries of freedom in your business practices and not stay attached to failing structures of old model practices. I’m proud to say I’m in good company on and off line with pioneers of the idea of keeping current with revolutionary changes. The changes we are seeing today in RE are both meaningful and complex. Thanks for taking us along to SXSW Andy — 2008 is stacking up to be a firecracker of a year.

  5. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    March 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Greg is right.

    The revolution will not be televised.

    It will be all over YouTube et al.

    Where can I get my arm band?

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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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