I had a ball at Real Estate barcamp Houston yesterday!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas

I had a ball at Real Estate barcamp Houston yesterday!bouncing-ball.gif picture by dabydoll

Some functions are fun and some are not! This was just wonderful! I didn't completely understand what to expect with a "Free form forum" but I will say it was great. The presentations were fun and informative.

I was able to meet so many Rainers that I felt I was home.


Is that strange?  After getting to know so many people through comments, following their lives and seeing their pictures each day I felt like it was a homecoming!Rich Jacobson and Deb Brooks

Adding hugs, face to face conversation, and sharing space with others just strengthened the bond I feel for these people! And, I got to meet so many for the first time that I will be including in my sphere that I had been missing.Jeff Turner and Deb Brooks

I was thrilled to meet Active Rain's very own Rich Jacobson, Brad Andersohn and Jeff Turner. They are as nice in person as they are in their posts!Brad Andersohn

Other Rainer's included Jason Crouch (one of my buds), Amanda Hall,  Lisa Heindel,  Marchel Peterson (buddy), Pippa Mac, Greg Nino, Russell Lewis, Stephanie Edwards, Michael Price and so many more!Amanda Hall and Stephanie Edwards

The sessions covered everything from upcoming technology to how to utilize today's technology! The keynote speaker, Paul Chaney is as inspiration in person as his blogs portray.Jason Crouch

Don't miss the next one. I will let you know ahead of time before the next sign up as space will be limited. Michael Price wants to keep it intimate enough for some great networking and exclusivity.Jason Crouch and Lisa Heindel




Thank you so much Michael Price to you and your wife Laurie  and all that helped provide this wonderful experience!

Later in the rain~Deb

Marchel Peterson...if I could just figure out how to save this deal and stay on my feet!!!















I can't believe it's all over...don't leave, don't leave!




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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

It looks like quite the party!  Too bad I couldn't be there!

Oct 24, 2008 01:03 AM #36
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

What a Blast!!  This was a worthy event on so many levels, thanks for posting this Lisa, I enjoyed finally meeting you and the other Rainers in Texas.  Looking forward to your call on Monday!  LOL~  (Big Smiley)

Oct 24, 2008 04:09 AM #37
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com

I'm envious.  The pictures tell the story.  Thanks for sharing those.  My husband and I have yet to attend a convention related to real estate and/or online marketing.  Our time has come!

•:*¨¨*:• Colleen Lane •:*¨¨*:•

My ActiveRain Blog

The Lane Real Estate Team

Oct 24, 2008 06:46 AM #38
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Debra, sounds like you all had a blast. I'm jealous you got to meet Lisa and so many of the others. Thanks for the photos

Oct 24, 2008 06:48 AM #39
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Deb, I think you hit the jackpot with how many Rainers you got to meet at this event plus Active Rain staff. Tremendous photos. Keep us Texans posted on when the next one is.

Oct 24, 2008 06:58 AM #40
Laurie Price
Sitetraffic.com - Houston, TX

Deb, It was great meeting you and I'm looking forward to meeting more AR's! Pics are posted in my facebook acct. and Mike has them scattered around and in Flickr.

Oct 24, 2008 08:11 AM #41
No Longer Active
Real Estate - Fallon, MT

Deb...  You blinded me with those pictures of real work!  Thought the whole point of these trips was the fun of the night life..... 

Oct 24, 2008 09:44 AM #42
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Deb!!! Hi there, I had so much fun at the meeting and learned so much from all the great teachers (especially Rich and Brad) and probably the best part for me at least was meeting you and all of the others with whom I have become friends over the last few months! I so enjoyed meeting all of the people that I recognized and there were others i was looking for that either did not make it OR...maybe they don't look like their profile picture!!! Thanks again, it was a treat for me to meet you and thanks for this great (AND FEATURED) post. Congrats!

Oct 24, 2008 09:45 AM #43
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

I know I came at the end, but It was lots of fun to meet you guys in person, really! :)

Oct 24, 2008 11:15 AM #44
Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate

Hey Deb  Be sure and share with us what you learned.  Inquiring minds want to know!

Oct 24, 2008 02:39 PM #45
Jim Crawford
Crye-Leike REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Looks likea time that ws not t have been missed!  Thank you for taking the time to share the events and photos.

Oct 24, 2008 02:43 PM #46
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Missy, it was really fun...more than I expected I'll say. It was real with real people and real goals and real dreams and real fun...Really it was great! I wish you and others could have been there with us.

Dear Brad, I will forgive you as you are quite tired. Meeting Lisa was great fun and I didn't feel as if I got to talk to her enough but this is Debra....you know, Deb Brooks. Lisa and I both enjoyed seeing you.

Colleen, I don't blame you for being envious. I loved it. It made a lot of what I do day to day seem even more real and important.

Gary, It was better than Vegas and I didn't lose any money!

I hope to meet you all in the future! deb

Oct 24, 2008 02:51 PM #47
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Laurie, I enjoyed meeting you too! You are brand spankin' new on AR just like Mike said! You did so very much to help him with this project and I want you to know he let all of us know that he couldn't have done it without you! How cool it is to be so important to another person...you go girl.

Dan, I'm so sorry...if you really think it was work you are mistaken. It was sooooo much fun. Even the work was fun.

Russell, you are such a doll. I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time with you this time around. We will make sure that changes next time. It was my pleasure.

Greg, the biggest thing I learned was that what I do every day with AR is very important to me for all the reasons I thought! It proved to me that being there is the right thing. I'm so glad you showed up. It was a real trip to get to meet you! It was the end of the day for us all and I was spacey but next time maybe we can get an earlier start! I loved meeting you.

Later in the rain~Deb


Oct 24, 2008 02:58 PM #48
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Gayle, I learned that what we do each day with AR is more than just Google juice. It really is building a network of true friends.

Jim, you are welcome. It was so much fun. I will try to make it to all of them from here on out!

Later in the rain~Deb

Oct 24, 2008 03:01 PM #49
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Deb, I loved seeing the pictures and hearing about meeting some other fantastic rainers.  I'm glad you went and had a fabulous time...and were kind enough to share some great shots!

Oct 24, 2008 03:24 PM #50
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Carole, I would have loved for you to have been there too. I must say though that I've learned that next time I have to schedule an extra day just to visit with the folks that drive in for this. I wasn't ready to leave everyone yet...it was too quick. Maybe one of these days I will be lucky enough to meet you. I can't wait!

Later in the rain~Deb

Oct 24, 2008 03:30 PM #51
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I ended up working late and couldn't make it, I was so disappointed!

Oct 24, 2008 09:30 PM #52
Rebecca Anne Cole
PNC Mortgage - Timonium, MD

What a great opportunity to meet people from the network and learn more about our business.  This is the first I have heard of an event like this.  I would love to participate in the next one.  Thanks for your post.

Oct 24, 2008 11:10 PM #53
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Sure looks like a fun time was had by all- I would have loved to have been there.

Oct 25, 2008 07:20 AM #54
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

This looks like a lot of fun.  Great photos too.

Oct 27, 2008 05:55 AM #55
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