This past Wednesday was my third time at Agent Reboot Chicago put on by Inman News, and I’ll be back again next year. The first time I was the only agent from my market area to go (probably because I was the only one who was on twitter, which is where I found out about it). The second year I had met another Rockford area geeky tweeter, Barb Erdmeier (@barberdmier) of Remax Property Source, and talked her into coming. I brought a few friends from my company, and she brought a friend from hers.
This year we had quite a few agents from my old office, Nextage Professionals Realty in Rockford, IL, including the broker owner, Jan Mansfield (I love brokers who get it!). We had agents from Barb’s office, plus a few from other offices as well, thanks in part to a Facebook group that Barb started (based on something she heard from Chris Smith (
@Chris_Smth), who she found through Agent Reboot and Twitter and who I got to know on twitter as Co-Founder of TechSavvy Agent, and now Chief Evangelist of Inman News).
Here at Nextage we talk a lot about our belief that the real estate business is broken. To me personally, it’s not just the old compensation models and “I” mentality that are the problems. The real estate game has changed. We’re not playing Parcheesi anymore; we’re playing draw something, angry birds, and words with friends. The future leaders of this industry are the innovators, the ones who see the opportunities in technology and social media, the ones who will look outside the old box and adapt to the changing world around them. They have YouTube channels, blogs, and Facebook pages. They stay on top of the industry by the minute on Twitter. The have smart phones and I pads, and they use technology like DocuSign for contracts instead of fax machines. Continue Reading →