I attended Raincamp Bellingham yesterday and it was fantastic. I feel so fortunate as a Seattle agent to be near the epicenter of so much innovation in the online real estate space. So much great information packed into a full day of presentations by industry experts like Ben Kinney the awe-inspiring broker of the Keller Williams Bellingham office who has taken his online social media presence and turned it into a major business driver for a team of real estate agents that stretches from the Canada border to the Columbia river. I was impressed with his generosity to present these ideas to agents right in the heart of his own market. I came away with so many ideas for my own website (Sandykaduce.com), blog (northsoundpropertynews.com), Facebook profile, and that of Gallery Homes and can't wait to implement them all.
The event was put on by Active Rain and featured panelists such as Galen Ward from Estately, Jonathan Washburn from Active Rain, Spencer Rascoff from Zillow, and others from Market Leader (formerly House Values whose products I have avoided like the plague for years, but it sounds like they may have made some improvements and might be worth another look when the time is right), and Docusign.
The final speaker was Barry Long, whose speech was hilarious. No matter how bad things may be in this industry (and I do have some days where I feel they are very bad indeed) we have NOTHING on Barry's life. He is such a great example of how to make the most of your life no matter what the circumstances are that life hands you. Life landed him in a wheelchair at the age of 22, and he decided to go travel around the world and bungee jump in the chair. Now THAT's a positive attitude!
I left the conference feeling motivated and inspired, and grateful to be living in an area where there is so much innovation taking place and so many people willing to share what they know, for such a nominal price. I will definitely be attending other Raincamps in the future!