Think You Know It All? Think You Know ANYTHING? Think Again. REBAR Camp Redefines Learning.

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Have you ever been in a room with over 100 people who were DYING to share every ounce of information and knowledge they have with YOU? Who put a pause on their own learning to bring you up to speed with what they’ve already learned and have proven are successful techniques? If not, you’ve clearly never been to REBAR Camp.

There’s a community that exists in the real estate world that you should be a part of. It’s a family of people who have a different way of thinking, of communicating, of existing, and of growing a business. We’re like-minded. We like information fast, like our consumers. We crave new relationships, like our clients. We respond quickly when made fun of in a tweet (@DerekMassey…Go Yankees!).

As a Gen-Y-er, people often assume I innately know how to use any kind of technology – whether it’s teaching them to turn on the computer or using social media for their real estate business. Well, let me tell you…while you can stalk me all day long on:

My Twitter    My Facebook    My LinkedIn profile    My Trulia Profile    My YouTube Channel My Flickr



Tuesday proved to me that I’ve only scratched the surface of the infinite possibilities out there, and that I better get back to work!

Heather EliasDanilo Bogdanovic both are active agents and bloggers in Loudoun County, Virginia. But they do it their own ways. They’re both successful…for being exactly who they are, using their own voices to tell their own stories.

Jennifer Klaussen, Frank Llosa, and I are all agents and bloggers in Arlington County, Virginia. But guess what? We all have VERY different ways of talking about our local real estate market (and the kicker is that I live 1 block from Frank!).

Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra, has taken personal branding and reinvented the concept. Who would have thought an animal could be so quickly associated with a real estate agent (or his lil’ gal baking in the oven). From the Zebra’s blog you get an idea of what he’ll be like if you call him up and say “I want to buy a house.” He is in person, who he appears to be online.

Why does this work? Because we’re all individuals, with different backgrounds, different experiences, different voices. We’re all different people. We have different things to say. So as a result, we attract different types of clients. And that’s ok!!!

The point of social media is to cultivate and enhance relationships, take your cyber friends and make them In-Real-Life friends, face to face. Build your network of fellow agents, attorneys, lenders, inspectors, etc. and bring that to the table when you meet new clients. Draw from their experiences to make YOU better.

#REBCDC was a full day of meeting cyber friends, who are actually people! People who are willing to teach you everything they know, to help make you better.

Some Takeaways:

For those of you who think Twitter is the equivalent of Acid Wash Jeans, cool now, but fading fast…you don’t get it (BTW- acid wash jeans were a fad I was never a part of, hello…I was born in 1984, by the time they were no longer cool, I was just learning how to dress myself). It’s a new way to share information quickly, engage in conversation, enhance relationships, and learn. If you’re not learning and growing, you’re dying, right?

Facebook is Google for stalkers. Meet a new agent you admire? Friend them. Stalk them. (Meet a rich/tall/dark/handsome man and want to know if he’s single? Friend him too. #justsayin…I digress.) But guess what? The person who gets your name from a friend, or finds you online, or sees your sign post in a yard – they’re going to want to know more about you too, without feeling pressured by yet another sales-y real estate agent.

Posterous is your life in pictures. Ever have one of those “I wish someone was here to see this” moments? Now all of your 1,000 followers and readers can be, with a simple email. This was one of my “to-do” items thanks to Derek Massey.

Pay it forward. Whether it’s helping to raise $1,000 for DC Central Kitchen, or teaching someone a profitable tip you just learned, helping someone else reach their goals will help you in the end. Ziglar said “I believe you can get everything in life you want, if you will just help enough people get what they want.”


And with that…I wish ALL of the sponsors (especially @TechChix for organizing), teachers, and friends I made at REBAR Camp DC the very best. A big THANK YOU!


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Ben Kinney

Wait until you guys get RAIN CAMP in your state.  It will change the way you think about real estate and technology!!!  Nice post Laura - I hope you show them all what you know!!!!

Your Fan!!

Oct 29, 2009 03:57 PM #26
Heather Adkinson
Windermere K-2 Realty LLC - Moses Lake, WA
Real Estate Agent - Moses Lake

I am looking foward to Virtual REBAR!

Oct 29, 2009 04:22 PM #27
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Laura...Thanks for the tip on the video (comment #3).  I'm sure we'll get alot out of it but not as much as you were able to receive in person.  Good feature, I'm going to re-blog it so more will get to watch the video.


Oct 29, 2009 04:44 PM #28
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Oops!  Looked up at the top of your post and saw I couldn't re-blog.


Oct 29, 2009 04:47 PM #29
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Great recap Laura ! I love these events, and always walk away revitalized and motivated to put new things in place !

Cheers !

Oct 29, 2009 05:19 PM #30
Paul Guenther
Empire West Title Agency - Chandler, AZ
Empire West Title- Chandler, AZ


 Oh you smart @$$ I had a pair of acid washed jeans and I was a cool dude!!  jk   I did see the GO Yankees tweet by @derekmassey as well.  any way back to your post.  very informative I always hear about REBAR but never found the time, I guess I will now



Oct 29, 2009 09:30 PM #31
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate


What a great recap of the day at REBarCampDC!  It was a fun, educational, and exhausting day for sure.  It's my 4th REBarCamp, but my first one in the local area and it was great to meet with, teach, and discuss real estate and technology with so many local peeps.

I'm looking forward to the Virtual REBarCamp on the 17th.

By the way, to respond to Gregory above, there is an REBarCamp planned for Atlantic City on December 7th.

Oct 29, 2009 11:55 PM #32
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

Brian, Thanks for letting me know about AC. Where do I sign up?

Oct 30, 2009 12:27 AM #33
Laura Rubinchuk Schwartz
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Your Northern Virginia and D.C. Realtor

Greg: Here's the page for the A.C. REBAR Camp

Robert: If you can make one, I strongly encourage it!

Justin: Was great to meet you at REBCDC! "see you" on the 17th!

Roland: check out the main website page to see if it's closeby...if not, check out

Ben: If you guys would get RainCamp out of just your cubby hole of Seattle and teach the rest of us, we'd be grateful!

Heather: Me too!

Kate: Sorry about that! 

Sheldon: me too. My "to-do" list is always a mile long!

Paul: admit it, you know i'm right. They were NEVER cool. 

Brian: was great to see you again. You were hilarious BTW during Lynchburg Squares :)

Oct 30, 2009 01:13 AM #34
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Laura, we are all different. We have different interests and blogs. I love my posterous blog it is fun. In fact, I use all my blogs a little differently. glad you had fun, I enjoy the communication at ReBar Camps with bloggers who I have only met on line.

Oct 30, 2009 01:42 AM #35
Daniel Rothamel
Strong Team REALTORS - Lake Monticello, VA
Daniel Rothamel


It was great to meet you IRL on Tuesday.  I'm so glad that you enjoyed your RE Barcamp experience.  It was also nice to know that Kari and I weren't the youngest people in the room, for once.  ;-)

Keep up the good work!

Oct 30, 2009 03:10 AM #36
Kevin Lanham
Pacor Mortgage Corp - Oak Lawn, IL
Chicagoland FHA Expert

I never been to a REBAR Camp yet.  There was recently one in Chicago I believe and I'm kicking myself for not going.  Like minded people that want to succeed instead of the Debbie Downers you sometime meet...count me in!!

Oct 30, 2009 04:00 AM #37
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

I really want to go to one of these soon!  Thanks for sharing your experience!

Oct 30, 2009 04:34 AM #38
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

It sounds like you had a very postitive experience.  It is always more fun to be around positive people!

Oct 30, 2009 04:45 AM #39
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Laura, what a great post (and congrats on the feature!)

REBarcamp is something that is hard to describe, but you have done it in an incredibly insightful way! Great stuff! Thank YOU for participating so well! :-D

Oct 30, 2009 04:45 AM #40
Shawn Taylor
GLG Realty - Hayden Lake, ID

Thanks, signed up for the virtual REBAR camp in November!

Oct 30, 2009 06:29 AM #41
Laura Rubinchuk Schwartz
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Your Northern Virginia and D.C. Realtor

Missy: So far, I'm enjoying all of my new friends. I look forward to exploring posterous more!

Daniel: I expect to be the youngest in a room of agents. I'm just used to be gawked at hahaha

Kevin: Find the time! It's well worth it!

Emily: start with the virtual one!!!

Damon: you are very right!

Marney: Thanks! I look forward to seeing you soon, I didn't get a chance to meet you at rebcdc, but soon!!

Shawn: You're welcome!

Oct 30, 2009 10:11 AM #42
Dawn Nuzzi
'Til Dawn Real Estate - Raleigh, NC

I'm going to my first REBarcamp next week....can't wait!!!

Oct 30, 2009 10:19 AM #43
Laura Rubinchuk Schwartz
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Your Northern Virginia and D.C. Realtor

Dawn: Have fun!! You'll leave with brain overload

Oct 30, 2009 10:23 AM #44
Bar camps are new for me. Just this week I heard about the one in San Franciso that I missed last week and how cool & informative it was. Good thing another one is coming nearby in August and it's on my calendar Coming away from events like this always gets the creative juices flowing again.
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