REBarCamp Phoenix 2012 Recap

Real Estate Agent with Las Cruces Homes and Land


My better half and I have just returned home from REBar Camp Phoenix 2012.  One word can describe the day for me: INCREDIBLE.

It was a smaller turn out, no thanks to Mother Nature. I think she was crying because the bright, smiling face of Jay Thompson wasn't the morning. (More on that later.)

I've been to 1 other bar camp in Phoenix (last year) as well as Tucson's first camp last year as well. This one stands out for me. My better half has been to all 4 in Phoenix and he has told me that it was the best one yet. Why?

1. REALTOR® associations sponsored the whole campe and picked up the tab. They had vendor tables set up during lunch.
2. No swag bags to lug around.
3. No t-shirts to lug around.
4. Amazing discussions. I attended discussions on: FLX (our MLS program), REALTORS® Property Research, Broker Discussions, SEO Myths and a more in depth discussion on using FLX IDX.

EDIT: Forgot to mention lunch. Dave's BBQ had lunch for us - and we paid for it. (Another cost cut out completely for the organizers!)

It wasn't loaded down with a ton of classes on Word Press or how to Blog or Social Media Tips/Tricks. It felt like a 'drill down' to the other basics we need like utilizing the tools we already have instead of getting slogged down with new stuff that we'll look at once and leave alone. I wasn't left shaking my head, wondering what someone had said. When someone in the discussion asked for clarification, it was given. There were a few agents there who were new to the whole social media thing. I remember talking to one man in the morning who said he wasn't sure what he was going to get out of this since he didn't really have a grasp on social media. I saw him again at the after party, smiling from ear to ear. He'd had a chance to sit down with a few attendees who took the time to explain things to him, give him links to check out and gave them his card if he needed more help.

THAT'S what BarCamp is all about - sharing information and taking the time to help out.

Stop by the main BarCamp Website to see if there's one near you. If there is, GO. If there isn't - well - plan one! It doesn't have to be extravagant and you don't need a lot of money to put one on!

OH! I promised you a Jay Thompson story.

For those of you who know Jay, you know he's just a really nice guy. He's always there with a nice (or sarcastic) comment, is a blogger that I love to learn from and, well, he's just a really nice guy.

About a week ago, Jay suffered a major heart attack. Word spread like wildfire across social media and we all prayed like crazy. LONG story short, Jay was released from the hospital a couple of days ago.

Thursday morning, the bets were on - would he show up or would his amazing bride, Francy, tie him down to keep him from going. As we were sitting in the team shop, eating lunch, my sweetie said, "That was Jay." I headed out the door to look..and sure enough, it was.  I got my hug in and was a happy camper. Suffice to say, we were all happy campers to see him up and about.

Keep getting better, Jay and THANK YOU THANK YOU to the amazing volunteers who made RE BarCamp Phoenix 2012 so successful!

Comments (7)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I am glad to hear that the REBarCamp was a success.

Apr 27, 2012 02:20 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I am definitely going to check out the web site and see if there is one in our area. Great post.

Apr 27, 2012 02:33 PM
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

REBarCamp sounds like so much fun.. I am looking forward to once it comes back to Orange County! :)

Apr 27, 2012 03:04 PM
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

It was SO good to see you and Kent again! 
The discussions really were awesome and it felt like there was something for just about everyone.

Bar camp's are an amazing way for people in our industry to keep getting better and it's people just like you who make it all happen.

I'm already looking forward to the next one! :) 

Apr 27, 2012 03:13 PM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I've only been to one REBar camp, years ago, when I first started blogging and I didn't have a clue what anyone was talking about.  I did get to meet some east coast AR folks and that made it well worth the trip. I'm so happy that Jay is on the mend.  

Apr 27, 2012 09:37 PM
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Thanks Emmy! So great to hear that you thought this was the best REBC ever. It was great to see you! I wish I could have stayed longer, but was just thankful I could stop by and see some folks -- like you!

Apr 28, 2012 07:37 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

There are certain REBar Camps that you can really learn a lot from. The best are when they tell you about using the tools you already have (like you mentioned above), instead of how you can spend MORE money to get results.

Apr 30, 2012 10:52 AM