I have been in real estate for six years. My first four years were with a big box brokerage that had an annual convention called Family Reunion. I never attended that event. I wasn't making enough money at the time to justify the expense. My current brokerage is local. There's no need for a Family Reunion because the agents are all in the Nashville area. I have never attended my local or state convention, either.
The truth is--ActiveRain always seems to be on the cutting edge before any other organization. ActiveRain is the first place I hear changes about our industry. That's why whenever it's suggested to have an ActiveRain meet-up, I am so quick to respond. This is the group of people I want to get together with to talk about what's going on in our industry and discuss new technologies and ideas I should be implementing in my business.
That's exactly what I did earlier this week. Our group is small in comparison to some, but the knowledge of the people who attend is worth the effort. Middle Tennessee has four Ambassadors and we all attended the Franklin TN meet-up this week. Debbie Reynolds drove over an hour to join us and it was much appreciated.
We talked about real estate, blogging, ActiveRain and the new changes. We even got to meet two new members who joined us at Jill Winchel's invitation. We met at Mack and Kate's in Franklin; one of my favorite places to eat. They put us in our own private room so we enjoyed each other's company for almost two hours.
This is the group of people I want to learn from. They have so much to offer. Now, if I can only convince ActiveRain to do this on a national level, I would be in ActiveRain heaven. I hope the powers that be do this. I think a great many agents would take advantage of such an event.
I feel pretty fortunate to be a member of such a group and am so happy that we make the effort to get together a few times a year. ActiveRain meet-ups are worth the effort.
Top photo from left to right: Debbie Reynolds, Tom White, Connie Harvey, Michael Thornton, Tammie White, Christine Trebendis and Jill Winchel.