Out and About in March and April

avatarthumbnail.jpgWhat happens when you take the Phoenix real estate market’s hottest month, mix it with some spring training and add a couple of real estate technology conferences? You end up with one exhausted beagle owner.

Aside from spending time with the several of you who are making their way down to the Valley over the coming weeks, I’ve been scratching my itch as a free-lance sportswriter and working for the Associated Press covering both the Texas Rangers and the Milwaukee Brewers. If you’re looking for a temperature update, you can check out my updates on Twitter … yes, PapaGrande is me. We can thank Tom Evans for that moniker, wherever he may be.

After a week off next week while the staffers take over, I’ve got another 8 to 10 games on the schedule before spring training comes to a close and the regular season begins.

For those in the business, the Arizona Regional MLS is hosting Technopalooza on April 22 at the Mesa Convention Center. (Of course it’s in Mesa. Everything’s in the East Valley … except for the Cardinals, the Coyotes, the last Super Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and eight of the 13 teams in the Cactus League … but I digress.)

At the event there will be an agent forum featuring Jay Thompson (author of the Phoenix Real Estate Guy), Nick Bastian (RailLife), Dru Bloomfield (At Home in Scottsdale) and me talking about … what else? … blogging and how to connect with buyers and sellers online.

It should be an interesting mix … Nick has a hyper-local blog, I’ve gone hyper-local with a handful of websites sans blogs, Dru’s got the blog and also uses referral companies and Jay is the 800-pound gorilla on page 1 of Google that many of us spend time trying to catch. Almost guaranteed … some discussion on requiring registration for homes searches; I made the change to the dark side last year with excellent results; others have decided to go without registration.

(Attn: Mr. Jablowe and Mrs. None Of Your Damn Business … feel free to follow a link above, you won’t hurt my feelings.)

The day after ARMLS’ event is REBarCamp Phoenix, which actually will be held inside of Scottsdale Stadium. (Of course, Scottsdale. Everything’s in the East Valley except … oh, never mind already.) Since there’s no set agenda, I can’t tell you what the plan is for this one. I know I’ll probably be holding rum by the end of the night, though.

Attend either event and you’re likely to learn something from those here in the Epicenter of Real Estate Blogging who are generating real estate business from their efforts, whether it be through general blogging, niche blogs or neighborhood blog-sites.

Now if only someone would realize there’s a big wide world west of Central Avenue …

[tags]Phoenix real estate, ARMLS, rebarcamp[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.