If you follow a lot of real estate people your Twitter stream was likely full of Tweets from New York and the annual Inman Connect Conference this week. To get a full recap of the event just do a Twitter search on the #ICNY hashtag. Scrolling through the results tells me that popular topics included mobile, video, big data, agent ratings, content and social marketing. These all have interesting implications on our business and are definitely topics to continue to monitor. Following along virtually was not nearly as much fun as being there in person. Although I have to admit I didn’t miss that cold New York winter air or the cross-country flight.
I think this will be the year we begin to see people starting or restarting their real estate careers. At Carrington, we have already seen a significant increase in inquiries from unlicensed candidates considering getting their real estate license this year. This is great news for our industry. We need these new entrants to shake things up and help move our profession forward at the same pace as consumers expectations. Seth Price and Placester published a great Beginners Guide to Being a Real Estate Agent e-book that I’ll reference regularly. If you recruit agents you should check this resource out.
I’ll always favorite a good “girl power” Tweet when I see it. Combine girl power with real estate, money and intelligence and I just had to share. Brandon Turner wrote a great article that got picked up by The Huffington Post this week about why women make great investors. Woot! Thanks for writing the article and thanks Joshua Dorkin for Tweeting about this. I’m a big fan of the content you guys publish on BiggerPockets.com.
Tech Council SoCal shared a CNN article highlighting some of the cool things ahead for technology in 2014. Some of these innovations we are starting to see more of in our day-to-day lives like wearable tech and others seem a little crazy like synthetic biology. The world is a changing place and there seems no element of life that technology isn’t influencing. It really is fascinating to think of all the wonderful things we will experience in the future.
I’ll end this week’s roundup with a reminder that it’s not all about tech and we can never lose sight or underestimate the value of face-to-face human interaction. Whether its Facebook, Twitter, text or whatever your tech medium of choice they should be used to support communication and not totally replace live and in person. Thanks to Tara Christianson and the Seattle Divas for reminding us to put away the devices and actually talk to each other once in a while!