What I learned at REBCDC and what you missed if you weren't there!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Active Adults Realty

I first learned about REBARCamps right here on Active Rain. Someone wrote a post about the "Ten Things I learned at REBARCamp in Charlotte" and I knew I had to go to the next one. Several months ago I attended my first in Philadelphia and was overwhelmed by the amount of learning and the number of new friends I made. But I digress. This story is about what I learned at REBCDC, my second BARCamp.

Probably the most important thing I learned is that you really can get to know people on Twitter and FaceBook. In the short time between Philadelphia and DC (aka Herndon, VA), I truly feel that I have made good friends that I only see IRL once in a while. Apply this same knowledge to blogging and tweeting in general and you realize that prospects and future real estate clients can get to know you online well enough to feel comfortable calling you when they need to buy or sell a home in your area.

Second, I saw a degree of cooperation among agents, brokers and service providers in an open environment that I don't get to see on a daily basis in my market area. I think REBARCamps bring out the best in the best among us. I was part of a group like this once before in my life. Back in the late 1970s, I got into the personal computer business when no one in the REAL computer business would take a job selling those "toys". They were sure that PCs were just a fad and would never penetrate the real business market. I managed one of the first computer stores on the East Coast up in Framingham, Massachusetts, and I can tell you we sold a lot of those early Apple computers to CFOs and corporate executives. We were a ragtag group back then. I came from the hotel industry and others came from selling carpet to running a restaurant. I had no degree in Computer Science, in fact many of us had no degrees at all! Apple Computer did a study and found that this group of people that gravitated to the PC Industry early on had one thing in common - a need to know! I've never forgotten that and remembered it yesterday while thinking about REBCDC. Those that lead and those that attend are the ones that care about this business and want to do it better.

I now have over 500 followers on Twitter and it all started with a dozen or so great people I met at REBCPHL. Many now in "My Realtor Friends" column on TweetDeck I only met for the first time at REBCDC, but I felt like they were old friends. For those agents that don't get it, help them if you can, but remember those dinosaurs in the mainframe computer business and know that you are the future of the real estate business.


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Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I am dabbling in these areas and not sure how much it translates to business . But it is fun to find lost friends

Oct 30, 2009 01:02 AM #1
Jennifer Klaussen
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
GRI, Realtor, Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Great post Kathy - a perfect reminder that it's all about relationships - glad we had a chance to meet and chat!  WTG!!!

Oct 30, 2009 01:04 AM #2
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Kathy, Thanks for sharing. It's encouraging to hear the value of the REBARcamp. Time is such a precious commodity. I'm glad to see such a practical return on your investment. I'll keep these in mind as well.

Oct 30, 2009 01:06 AM #3
Kathy Sperl-Bell
Active Adults Realty - Lewes, DE

Charlie, there is only one way to find out! Just jump in and try. Can only say it works for me and I'm still here and still doing business.

Jennifer, I look forward to reading yours?

Chain? Social media is the future, trust me.

Oct 30, 2009 01:10 AM #4
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

Kathy, thanks for the info, I've heard nothing but positives regarding this

Oct 30, 2009 01:28 AM #5
Derek Massey
Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services - Hunt Valley, MD

I think this was your 3rd RE BarCamp, no?  At least I recall a very smart DE agent named Kathy that had a lot of interesting things to say at #REBCOCMD.  :)

Great post, and as always, it was fantastic to see you!

Oct 30, 2009 01:46 AM #6
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate


Oct 30, 2009 01:56 AM #7
Kathy Sperl-Bell
Active Adults Realty - Lewes, DE

Derek, You are so right! OMG the mind is going for sure. #REBDOCMD was awesome. Sorry Monica McNamara who did a great job organizing our mini REBARCamp in Ocean City.

Missy, You are just gonna have to come East my friend or we will all have to meet somewhere in the middle!

Oct 30, 2009 02:01 AM #8
Daniel Rothamel
Strong Team REALTORS - Lake Monticello, VA
Daniel Rothamel


It was so great meeting you in person.  I always love meeting Delawarians!  Next time, you'll have to remember to save your voice for the big day.  There are lots of folks who want to talk to you!  :-)

I hope I'll get to see you again soon.  Keep up the good work.

Oct 30, 2009 02:53 AM #9
Kathy Sperl-Bell
Active Adults Realty - Lewes, DE

Thanks Daniel, your session on being a Trust Agent was really my favorite - never try to be all things to all people!

Oct 30, 2009 02:56 AM #10
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