I remember the first time I heard the phrase "the cloud." It was when I bought my first iPad. The customer service person at the Apple store said something like "let's get you set up in the cloud."
Trying not to look totally clueless, I asked myself what could she possibly be talking about? Clouds are in the sky, right? How do you store information in the clouds?
Not long after that I realized while the term cloud sounded mysterious, all it really meant was that my information was being stored on a server somewhere and not on my machine.
Working in the eXp Cloud Office
Working in eXp Realty's cloud office is not that mysterious either. All that it really means is that I work in an office that's located on a server somewhere else. It's not across town, in another city or another state, it's online.
When I go to the cloud office, I don't even have to leave my home office. Instead, I go to a website. It's not just any website, it looks more like a video game.
When I enter what most of us just call "the space," my avatar, or icon appears at a welcome desk. From there I can right click and see a list of who else is currently in the office, or I can use the arrow keys on my computer to walk around and see who's there with my own eyes.
If there is a presentation going on, I can walk into the main area and listen to it. If I have a question about my transaction paperwork I can walk over to the transaction room and speak to one of the transaction team, or if have questions about anything related to internet marketing I can look for one of our three in-house tech support people (called WTM for Working the Magic).
When I find them, I'll click on a chair in the office they're in, my avatar will take a seat at a conference table and I'll talk to them using the microphone on my headset or on my earbuds.
Just like we were sitting at a real table.
Of course I'm not actually looking at them, I'm looking at their avatar, but to me it feels just the same.
Virtual Reality Becomes Normal Over Time
It feels just the same to me because I'm in the space three or four times a week. I never went to my RE/MAX office that many times in a week!
I will admit it feels a little artificial the first few times you are in the space, but over time the virtual reality world begins to feel very real.
In fact, the cloud office now feels so lifelike to me that I feel more connected to the people at eXp Realty than I've felt at the other "real" brokerages where I've worked.
Not only do I feel more connected, but I feel more supported too. Not only do I have fast and easy access to tech/internet support and transaction support people, I have easy access to other eXp agents around the country too, and many of these agents have excellent ideas to share!
I Feel More Connected Than Ever
Feeling connected is really important to me. So much so that I spent the last 4 or 5 years moving from brokerage to brokerage trying to find the right fit.
You see, I was so excited in 2009 to experience the effects that blogging had on my business that I practically ran up and down the hallways telling all the other agents in my office what I had learned. However, it didn't take me long to realize that they weren't listening, or if they were, they didn't have the ability, the interest or the commitment to blog for their business.
The same thing happened when I started using WordPress to make my own websites, when I started doing videos and when I started promoting my content on social media.
I was doing everything that I thought I was supposed to do to stay relevant online, and yet when I walked down the hallways of my conventional brick and mortar office, I felt unappreciated and misunderstood.
It's not like that at eXp. We have agents across the country who are doing the kind of things that I do to bring in business. From blogging to video, eXp Realty brokers, trainers and coaches are into it all.
However, that doesn't mean you have to be a whiz at all things technical to work with us, because we have tons of training to help less tech-savvy agents get up to speed.
The classes are done online, in the cloud office, and you can attend from the comfort of your home or anywhere else you have a good internet connection.
Take a Closer Look at eXp Realty
If you think this sounds interesting, why don't we schedule a time to go into the space and take a look around? You may like what you see.
In the meantime, if you want to learn more about eXp, give me a call or send me an email, or you can find more information here.
There you can use calculators to compare your brokerage's split with eXp's split, you can calculate what your revenue share will be when you introduce others to our growing company,
You can also check out my YouTube channel for more information.
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