Online cowmunities - it's just the beginning...

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX of Naperville

You never know where these things can lead... 

For many of us (those of us that are old in Internet years) our first experiences with online communities came from Prodigy, AOL or Compuserve and the forums that they offered. But, except for getting specific information, they never really grabbed my attention.

What hooked me on developing online relationships with people was Usenet, obviously this was long before Google Groups (which is an extension of the old DejaNews  Usenet archive) My ISP had their own group and I could get on there to ask questions of other users and the folks that worked there. We developed some off topic repartee... and the next thing you know...I'm hanging out in the Chi. groups (Chicago) as the real estate guy that speaks geek. I picked up a little business and had a lot of fun.... of course this was prior to Usenet becoming the virtual wasteland that it is today.

In the late 90's I got onto RE/MAX Mainstreet after their move from Compuserve to the WWW... it really irritated me that I had to get an inferior service like Compuserve in order to participate in the old forums (so I didn't) It was there that I first became acquainted with Kristal Kraft and I was fortunate enough to be around to watch her take her bicycle around the world which she shared with us via the Internet (a blogger before that word even existed) And also where I got to meet Jim Crawford  and exchange some search engine tips... Jim invited me to join a group of like minded (geeky) agents at a meeting in Washington DC and the next thing you know I'm hanging with the CyberProfessionals... which then included some crossover from the CyberStars, and the e-ProTalk list and the RealTalk list. That RealTalk meeting in Chicago at NAR in 2001 was quite a treat! The first time tOMe and Ardell meet... Juan and his camera... *sigh*

It seems that many of my real estate relationships started with me shooting my mouth off about something, and somebody responding. The best part of these relationships is when you get to meet and solidify them. Creating friendships and business opportunities aplenty.

Can't wait for NAR next week.... I'm all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it... We need to take pictures, blog and share.

Moo

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
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Must say that I now go to NAR more for what goes on outside the conference than inside it - in New Orleans there's the CyberProfessional conference, the Cyberstar dinner, the ActiveRain morning meet, a luxury reception, a FIABCI dinner...and the chance to meet old and new friends and exchange ideas and hugs. We throw in some trade show, and some time in the international center - Who has time to attend educational sessions or the huge NAR parties??

 

Nov 02, 2006 05:08 AM #1
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Angus in Naperville IL
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Sharon - I probably won't do more than the trade show at the actual NAR event... my list looks kind of like yours...

Nov 02, 2006 05:29 AM #2
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
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Thanks for the walk down memory lane Angus!  Somebody needs to invite Crawford and Juan to AR.

Have a great time at Nardi gras, I will be thinking of you guys...

Nov 02, 2006 08:04 AM #3
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Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
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Angus.... aka Moo..... I just left a comment in Maureen's blog about the cow umbrella's. Maybe we can talk later.

But in regards to your blog.... this is so true. Networking with people on and here and around the world through other avenues and then possibly meeting. Gee, I get all warm and fuzzy thinking about it.

I am not a realtor, but have thought about NAR, but I just made a major move. Started my own branch outside of the norm. But one day, we all shall meet. Brian Brady and I have been talking on the phone and through e-mails since February of 2006. He is a Villinova Alumni and going to a basketball game in 3 months. I am about 35 to 45 minutes from there and he invited me to joing him. Warm and fuzzy feeling.

Moo.... carry on.

Nov 02, 2006 09:04 AM #4
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
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Hey Moo, so true about all the people you meet, and you're right, some of those "meetings" do come about when one mouths off about whatever it is!  ;-)

I remember that NAR 2001 get together......up in the martini bar overlooking the city......it was really great to put names with faces that we'd been communicating with online for a long time.

I will miss New Orleans this year, but plan to be there next year for sure!  Have fun - gather up lots of pics and stories for us!

Ann

Nov 02, 2006 09:20 AM #5
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I'm already working on get togethers for our KW Family Reunion in February - it's like a show within the show. Can't make it to New Orleans, but in 2007 NAR will be in Las Vegas so I'll see everyone there!

Nov 02, 2006 10:45 AM #6
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Kristal - The bike thing was pretty damn cool.

Jeff - It really is great, and not just the business aspects.

Ann - oooh... you are really going to miss out! We'll talk about you too!

John - I usually make the Vegas events...hmmm...wonder why?

Nov 02, 2006 11:09 PM #7
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Kristal Kraft
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You are right, that's where I learned to "blog." Only it wasn't really blogging, it was building a whole darn website. 

I'd do it again tomorrow.

kk

Nov 02, 2006 11:58 PM #8
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Linda Davis
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gales Ferry, CT
I somehow almost missed this post!   My schedule is much the same.  My only NAR event is the Trade Show!
Nov 04, 2006 06:13 PM #9
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Firas Naji
Network Real Estate Group, LTD - Chicago, IL

I've been searching the Internet HI and LOW for a community that is condusive to RE Agents/Brokers.  It seems to me that one really doesn't exist.  I think we need a forum where we can share ideas and ways to make our lives easier.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Nov 11, 2006 12:32 AM #10
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Angus in Naperville IL
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Kristal - The bike riding or the pre-blogging blogging?

Linda - It's probably because we are exposed to so much over the previous couple of days. I know that I get into a mental funk (some will tell you it's a natural state) after ward and need time to absorb.

Firas - Thanks for the comment, Isn't that what we are doing here? I find this to be much more user friendly than any of the other avenues...

Nov 27, 2006 06:35 PM #11
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