Tech-savvy Realtors (and curious Realtors who wanted to learn from the tech-savvy ones) from all over the country converged on the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors office for Real Estate BarCamp Virginia. Despite the snow that threatened to freeze us out, here’s how we fared:

  • 67 attendees
  • from Virginia, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado and California
  • five hours of social media training
  • dozens of blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook profiles, and LinkedIn accounts created in a guided computer lab environment
  • hundreds of new business contacts made

What began as a humble gathering of real estate bloggers at VAR’s Convention & Expo 2007 at the Williamsburg Lodge (known then as BloggerCon) has steadily emerged into the real estate industry’s longest-running and one of the most well-known series of learner-led programs for using social media in real estate. VAR is known across the country as being a leader in this arena. And as Virginia Realtors, you benefit.

One of the day’s highlights was the first official visit to any gathering of Realtors from NAR’s new social media manager, Todd Carptenter. Todd took questions from those in the room and around the country (via The Real Estate Zebra Show – watch it here, but starts off slow: fast forward to about 4 minutes) who were excited to be the first to hear from Todd about his plans for NAR’s social media initiatives. Of course, we were honored to have been chosen to host Todd’s first official visit.

Attendees were also treated to sessions led by real estate technology, marketing, social media and research experts from all over.

But the best part about Real Estate BarCamp is the peer to peer learning. And really, that’s what the event is all about.

Attached to the main meeting room was a slightly detached area (which became known as the peanut gallery), where attendees could talk with each other about the presentations that were going on without interrupting those in the main room. Some of the best learning went on during those informal discussions, where one Realtor could show another one a twist on something the speaker was demonstrating, or show her neighbor an alternative to the service being talked about.

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Hope to see you at an RE BarCamp Virginia in the future! There are preliminary plans for events in the DC area and Lynchburg this fall. Stay tuned for details!