It’s good to be home!

After a day and a half away, I feel as though I’ve rejoined civilization. I was attending the Columbus Board of Realtors® Leadership Retreat which was held near Newark at the Cherry Valley Lodge. While the facilities were nice there was NO – or very limited – Verizon service there. I could only get up to one bar on my phone and my laptop’s aircard wouldn’t work at all. I was able with the one bar on the phone to check email, but couldn’t do Internet.

Can you hear me now? Uh-h-h, NO!

The meeting consisted of the Officers of the Board plus the Chairs of the 30 committees – about 70 people in total. Each of the Chairs reported on the goals of their committee for 2009. The committees are varied and address the many areas of the real estate business … residential agents, commercial agents, programs with builders, programs that assist and/or benefit the public.

I’m the Chair of the Tech Users Committee which is a forum committee for agents to explore and discuss new technology that benefits us in our daily lives. Much of our discussion is about the Internet, web sites, blogs, and other forms of social media to use in marketing homes. But we also share new findings on cameras, smart phones and laptops which are critical to our daily lives. Over the years that I’ve been a member of this committee, the membership has grown substantially because this is such an important aspect of our jobs today. Our highest attended meeting is when Joe Testa, Franklin County Auditor, brings us up-to-date on recent changes to his web site as well as changes made to property assessments.

In today’s session at the Retreat, we had an outside speaker, Ann T. Gallagher, who spoke on the demographic trends of the various age groups known as Veterans, Boomers, Gen X’ers and Gen Y’ers. It was very interesting, giving us even more info for communicating with each group.

The Board serves around 6900 members, of which some are affiliates (builders, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, etc) but of course, most are Realtors®.

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