My first Google + Hang out...with Phil Faranda

Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

Phil Faranda Westchester real estateLast night I was lucky enough to be invited to Phil Faranda's weekly meeting with his agents.  He has assembled a great team and it's really cool seeing his brokerage grow and blossom.

Phil is trying to make things more convenient for his team as well as helping them be more on the cutting edge of technology.  So, last night was his first attempt at trying a virtual meeting via a Google + hangout.  This way, his agents could be present while they were at home..something that saves time and makes life easier, especially as his agents are all over the county (and even a bit beyond).

Some of his agents are rather tech savvy; others had not yet signed up for Google +, so now they are members and this is a good thing.

We discussed blogging a bit, social media and of course, my favorite topic....flooring.

Thank you Phil for introducing me to your team.  It was an honor.

Comments (33)

Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debbie: What a cool way to do some networking and learn a thing or two about technology at the same time.

Jun 19, 2012 06:58 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

As tech savvy as I am, I have only done hangouts with Family and Cathy Bureau. (ha how lucky) I am so not a video girl... but I love it for talking to family across 2500 miles!

Jun 19, 2012 07:41 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Debbie- I really need to get ramped up on Google+. I haven't set my circles yet.

Jun 19, 2012 08:42 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie that is a concept that is becoming more and more popular, and will become more the norm in the not to distant future.

Jun 19, 2012 09:01 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

You guys are setting the bar for the industry. Virtual meetings are productive and a huge use of time and efficiency.

Thanks for sharing.


Jun 19, 2012 08:10 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Margaret - Phil is...he gets all the credit.

George - Yes, I think you're right.

Debbie - Yes, you should.  It will probably help your SEO.

Tammy - I hear ya...I'm not really into video either.

Anita - Yes, it was cool meeting everyone.

Doug - That's good.

jay - Yes, I'm sure you'd have a blast.

Jun 19, 2012 08:24 PM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

That is awesome Debbie! I've done a couple of Google Hangouts and they are fun. 

Jun 19, 2012 10:36 PM
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

I love this idea, Debbie/Philip! Emailing this to my broker -in-charge!

Great post - thanks for sharing!

Jun 19, 2012 10:43 PM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Debbie - thanks so much for sharing and great job, Phil, for teaching the rest of us how to do it all!

Jun 19, 2012 10:59 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

I've just recently signed up with G+. Not really that tech savvy and don't clearly understand all the benefits yet but like AR I'll find my niche.

Jun 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Debbie, I still haven't set up Google+. Shame on me. I can see why Phil would want to include you. You've become quite the blogging expert.

Jun 20, 2012 01:05 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Cool idea, I know that I could talk at least 1/2 of my office into something like that.

Jun 20, 2012 01:52 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Lynda - Yes, they can be.

Debbie - excellent.  Great idea.

Dagny - You're welcome.  Good talking to you today.

John - Yes, I'm sure you will.  I still have  a ton to learn, too.

Tammie - Thank you.  You are so sweet.  But, he is the king of blogging.

Lyn - Excellent.  You should try it.

Jun 20, 2012 02:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Debbie, thanks for introducing us to another tool that I didn't even know existed, I will have to check it out.   I am glad that your meeting went well, I cant imagine trying to present to a group via my webcam, you must be talented.

Jun 20, 2012 06:53 AM
Cyndi Carver
The Carver Home Team - Covington, WA
Newcastle & East Renton Specialist

Although I've been on Google+ since the begining, I have not studied it enough to figure out what's what with it. Would be interesting to see how it works.

Jun 20, 2012 08:04 AM
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

That's neat, I haven't done that before but had heard about hangouts.  What a great idea!

Jun 20, 2012 09:34 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

OK I had never even heard of Google Hang out; I will have to look into it.

Jun 20, 2012 09:50 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Debbie, I still have not explored that much of Google + but will look into the "hangout".

Jun 21, 2012 04:17 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

I missed this post the first time. Maybe I will see if I can hang out in Phil's next meeting.

Jul 08, 2012 03:06 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Eileen - That is a great idea.  He speaks very highly of you, too.

Jul 08, 2012 03:59 AM