I just returned from the CRS Sell-a-bration conference which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand. This was one of the most powerful events I have ever attended during my 20 years in the real estate industry. Something that really impressed me was the quality of real estate agents who attended because it was as high as I have ever seen at a similar sized event. The National Association of Realtors should be very proud of how well the council organized and operated this event. If I sound impressed with the CRS Sell-a-bration this year it is because it was truly an amazing event.
This year I was asked to be a guest speaker by Howard Brinton of Star Power Systems which was quite an honor. I always enjoy sharing tips and techniques with top agents across the country and this year was no exception. I shared some new ways agents can leverage technology that will enable top agents to better help home buyers and home sellers. Another topic I am very passionate about is developing new ways agents can streamline the real estate process to make both buying and selling much easier. I got a chance to work with 2 long time real estate friends of mine Steve Westmark of Wayzata, Minnesota and Cathy Russell of Layfayette, Indiana along with a new friend Judy Markowitz of Flushing, New York. Working with these 3 agents was amazing because we are all selling real estate in different markets in America but we all have similar challenges. Even though I was a guest speaker at this event I feel like I got as much if not more out of it and I came home with 11 pages of notes. My biggest challenge will be putting my 11 pages of notes into action during the first 3 months of 2007.
For those of you who are not familiar with CRS and their annual conferences I picked this up off the CRS website and thought it is a very accurate representation of what the CRS Sell-a-bration is all about:
"This CRS Sell-a-bration® was the 19th annual conference and it was attended by more than 1,000 top producing real estate agents from around the world. For the past 19 years Sell-a-bration® has provided a forum for top agents and brokers in residential real estate to interact with and learn from one another. Sell-a-bration® features unparalleled education sessions, top keynote speakers, and social and networking opportunities, which provide attendees with ideas and techniques that will have an immediate impact on their businesses."