What’s RE Barcamp? Essentially it was the non-conference before the Inman Real Estate Conference, a place where the sessions were posted on stick notes on the wall almost akin to the course catalog from the movie Accepted. Scribble down what you want to see, and there’s your session.
What I needed was a session explaning that unlike Phoenix, where every eight blocks is a mile, 12 blocks here actually is 2.6 miles. Somewhat uphill. Which led me to arrive at Barcamp considerably later than expected as I huffed and puffed up a hill.
When I arrived it was an odd sensation … I was surrounded by people I know from the blogs, from Twitter, from Active Rain, from Trulia … even though I had met very few of them in person. (The ones who had met me in person before tended to run the other direction.)
And there was the inevitable argument with the wonderful Kris Berg over who is the better writer. I know the answer and it’s so not me.
Aside from serving as a more useful brand of continuing education, Barcamp and the other social networking sites serve as the ultimate referral network. When most agents offer to help their clients find an agent in another town, it’s like picking a name out of the Yellow Pages at random. Few of us know agents in other cities, much less well enough to recommend them for any reason other than their willingness to pay a referral.
Not so in the real estate blogging world. Philadelphia, Miami, most of Virginia, Philly, San Diego, Seattle, St. Paul, Columbus, Detroit … I know agents in all of these burgs, have seen how they think and how they work. They’re of the same mind as me (though they may be more or less hung over than I right now) and run their businesses in the same client-focused fashion.
Cementing those relationships might be the best result of all.[tags]Phoenix real estate, rebarcamp[/tags]