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RE BarCamp - What's THAT Got to do with Real Estate?!?

I am fortunate to live in an area that creates a Triangle between NC State University, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill (Go Pack!).  Right in the "heart" of that Triangle is a Research Park, with HUNDREDS of high tech companies, including RedHat!  We have "tweet ups" here with over 200 people on a regular basis, and a couple of nights ago, over 200 people who are "LinkedIn" met at the Lincoln Theater!

Bottomline, there have been BarCamps, WordCamps (I want to go to the next one 8o), CodeCamps in this It's Not Rocket Science!part of North Carolina for YEARS!

NOW... we're having a Real Estate BarCamp, and the Realtors we are talking to are all scratching their heads! 

"Camps" are the "New" Conference format.  Instead of having one person stand in front of 300 people with varying degrees of understanding on the subject, you break the group up into smaller discussions.  There's not "ONE" topic covered - the topics are based upon what the people who come want to talk about! 

Let's say one session is on, "I won't be your Friend on Facebook."  (There are lots of reasons...) so the "Thought Leader" will talk about using Facebook for keeping your database, or whatever for like 20 or 25 minutes.  They "set up" the conversation.  THEN, for the remaining time in the session (they normally run for like 50 minutes to an hour) you ask questions and discuss how this might work for you.  "How much time do you spend each week on this activity... Don't you really want TWO profiles as a Real Estate Agent (I don't think so)... Do you put your listings on there?" 

While you are in your group talking about "To Be or Not To Be" another group could be talking about Fan Pages vs Groups on Facebook.  Yet ANOTHER group could be talking about PodCasts!  It's not a one size fits all kinda' day.

Facebook 'erSo, I was talking to a friend about #REBCRDU, and telling her kinda' how it was run, and about Facebook, and some of the applications... and she said, "So, when I go on a listin' appointment, I'm gonna' find out if she's on it.. and then when I get home, I'm gonna' FACEBOOK 'ER?!?!"  "Ughhh, yeah," I said.  "Well what's that got to do with sellin' Real Estate?"  EVERYTHING!

We hope you decide to come!  Registration is here, and the event is 11/6/09! 

DISCLAIMER:  Lots of people take things literally, so I want to be clear... This is NOT an advanced Facebook Conference... I was just using that as an example 8o))

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Comment balloon 14 commentsEleanor Thorne • September 17 2009 03:33PM

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WOW! What timing Eleanor.  I just posted a video on Facebook and YouTube about the REBarCamp we just had in SF not 20 mins ago.  I have been to quite a few of these all over the country, they seem to be popping up like wildfires.  I hope to make it out to your area and attend yours too.  (Hope you don't mind the links in this comment, if so, just delete me)  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 9 years ago

Great post Eleanor!  We sure are getting a lot of excitement here in Raleigh over REBCRDU!!  Brad - we'd love to have you come!  I saw your tweet right after mine today about the memories of REBarCamp SF.  They sure are sprouting up all over - and rightly so - they have everything to do with Real Estate!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 9 years ago

Brad - THANKS!  Love the video - we'd love for you to come!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 9 years ago

I'll be there, Eleanor, and I am hoping to bring a guest with me. ;-)

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

It's going to be an awesome event!  And I can't wait to learn from my peers! 

Come on down Brad!  You know I'm not going to stop till you're here!  :)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 9 years ago

We are trying to organize one here early next year. Still in the planning stages.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 9 years ago

Well, Golly, Eleanor....  That looks like something I could blog about!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 9 years ago

Eleanor, This is really good.  I had to read it twice!  Thanks for the email concerning my IRS audit:)  It made me laugh, and I sent it to my CPA, he thought it was hysterical!

It's a Good Life,

Fran

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Eleanor, This is really good.  I had to read it twice!  Do they ever come to Ct? Thanks for the email concerning my taxes:)  It made me laugh, and I sent it to my CPA, he thought it was hysterical!

It's a Good Life,

Fran

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

I'm hoping I can make this one, too.  I love rebarcamps... they rock. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Lane!  We hope you can come too!  We're sending "cheap" room info to Ken Cook - maybe you guys can caravan!  8o))

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 9 years ago

Just found out I can't do Lynchburg, so this is more of a priority...  I could use the cheap room info, too...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

We are super excited about this event!!  The hotel information is:

Studio Plus - 919-677-9910

600 Weston Parkway

Cary, NC  27513

There are Deluxe rooms (69.99/night) reserved with a Queen bed and a pull out sofa as well as standard rooms (64.99/night) with a Queen bed and a recliner.  All rooms have fully equipped kitchens.  I made the block reservations so please let me know if anyone has any questions.  See you on November 6!

 

Posted by April Roberts over 9 years ago

If only I could be there Cary. I know that I need to attend one of these REBARCAMPS. Hopefully I will attend one soon. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

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