RE BarCamp Houston- It's All About The People!

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Real Estate Agent with thredUP.com

Since I have been in real estate I have been to lots of seminars.  You go and take a ton of notes, pick up a bunch of business cards and then...forget about it.  Sometimes you don't even read through your notes ever again!

Then, last year I joined ActiveRain.  It was overwhelming.  You actually learn, retain what you learn and want to learn more-continually.  Then, you seem to be drawn to the same people everyday.  You like their style of writing, relate to their success and sometimes failure, happiness and sadness.  You even email them to wish them Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary.  You build a relationship with the people here, and it brings business at the same time.

A few months ago when I heard from Mike Price that Houston would be hosting an RE BarCamp, I was so pumped!  It would be one day to gather social media people in the Real Estate Industry from all around and others that wanted to learn about it.  It would be a learning experience that I would actually remember a year from now or even 10.

Well, it was absolutely a blast!  We had a great time, learned a lot, bumped some ideas off of each other and discussed what we can do to help our blogging and business. We even got some cool stuff to take home.

First I would like to say Thank You to ActiveRich and ActiveBrad for flying in to represent AR.  What a hoot  these guys are!  Paul Chaney hopped over to Houston to give and AWESOME keynote!  We also had Jeff Turner, Drew Meyers from Zillow, Frances from Truila, and Scott Sambucci from Altos Research fly in

ActiveRain members that attended were Lisa Heindel, Amanda Hall, Jason Crouch, Marchel Peterson, Pippa Mac, Kathi Frank, Erion Shehaj, Greg Nino, Russell Lewis, Deb Brooks, Ken Brand...I know I'm missing a bunch too!

Throughout the sessions and throughout the day it all came back to one topic.  It's about the people!  It is about the consumers that we put information out for and talk to on AR and Twitter, it's about the people that you know as soon as they walked in the door but had never met in person.  It's about connecting.  I enjoyed meeting everyone there that I have talked to for so long and never met before and those that I have met.

If you have not been to an RE BarCamp and ever have an opportunity to go, GO!  It's worth the drive or plane flight!  I'm thinking about flying out to the one that is being rumored for next year!  :)

Special Thanks to Mike for doing an awesome job getting it together!! Laurie Price for taking awesome pictures and doing so much!  Thank You to Carson Coots for an awesome web design and logo!  I'm so glad I could be surrounded by so many awesome people in one day! 

Below are some pictures to share with all of you.  Hope you enjoy.  How many ActiveRain members can you point out? 

 

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Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

More, More , I want more pictures please.

Oct 23, 2008 04:58 PM #1
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hey Mana,  There is a flickr group that some people will probably be posting to over the next couple of days.  Lisa has a bunch of pics on here post too...

Oct 23, 2008 04:59 PM #2
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Crystal Ledbetter
Texas Home Group - Montgomery, TX

Hi Stephanie, it was a great day, I got alot out of it! Hope you are feeling better!

 

Oct 23, 2008 05:13 PM #3
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

I wish I could have got there sooner!

Oct 23, 2008 05:26 PM #4
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hi Crystal,  Great meeting you too!  See you at the going green series next month!

Greg!  So, I'm trying to figure out how I missed you there?  Glad you were able to make and hope you had a great time!

Oct 24, 2008 01:19 AM #5
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Scott Sambucci

Steph - thanks for sharing the pix.  I wasn't aware than my head appeared than oblong from the side.... Looks like a mis-shaped rugby ball...

Oct 24, 2008 01:55 AM #6
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hey Scott,  I didn't know either until I downloaded the pictures.  :)  Still want to get together sometime and talk about what you guys have to offer. Thanks for a great presentation!

Oct 24, 2008 01:57 AM #7
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Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Hi Stephanie!  It really is all about the people.  You guys all did such a great job putting it all together.  T H A N K  Y O U !

Oct 24, 2008 02:54 AM #8
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hi Amanda,  I had a great time!  Mike and Laurie did an awesome job organizing, Carson did an awesome job with web design and I'm SO GLAD that everyone flew in to join us! 

 

Oct 24, 2008 03:26 AM #9
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Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Stephanie, how did you have time to get all those great shots with all the work you were doing? Thanks for the great time and I'm now looking forward to many more in the future. It was fun getting to visit with you as short a time as it was! Take care and I will be seeing you soon...

Later in the rain~Deb

Oct 24, 2008 04:02 PM #10
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Jill Wente
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene - Spring, TX
Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS

Hey Stephanie, Thanks for all your hard work organizing the event. REBAR is the FIRST real estate conference that I could say actually was worth my time. 

We should receive MCE credit for attending. The conference was more rewarding to me and of value to my clients than a lot of MCE courses I have attended.

Thanks again for all your hard work. I will definitely be attending the next Houston REBAR.

Oct 25, 2008 10:19 AM #11
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
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Steph - Very cool pictures.  I just got home about two hours ago, so I finally have proper internet access now!  Thanks for all of your hard work on the event, and I hope we can meet again sometime soon.  Take care and have a great Sunday.  Blip wars rule!

Oct 25, 2008 03:49 PM #12
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Michael Price
MLBroadcast / Zillow / Sitetraffic.com - Houston, TX

Stephanie,

We could NOT have done this without your efforts. Thanks!

Luv Ya

MP & Laurie

Oct 27, 2008 01:34 PM #13
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John Cannata
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Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Lots of good pictures.  Looks like it was a good turnout.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 27, 2008 05:34 PM #14
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