Xplode a Wonderful Xperience

August 20, 2011

As our loyal readers know, Chicagoland Real Estate Forum had a booth set-up at Xplode, the real estate technology conference at the DoubleTree Hotel on the Magnificent Mile on Friday.

The hotel was filled with enthusiastic metro Chicago real estate professionals and others from further way. By further away, I’m talking about people from Iowa, California and New York; not you guys in McHenry County, several of whom said their cities are “way outside the Chicago area.” To us, you are still part of metro Chicago.

Xplode ChicagoWe want to thank all the people that signed up at the conference to get our RSS Feed. Now, make sure you confirm your subscription: You will not only start getting our great stories in your mailbox each morning, you will also be entered to win an iPad at the end of the month.

We met some wonderful people at the conference, and we especially enjoyed meeting the ones that told us they love our website (that really happened!).

Everyone was upbeat, though several lamented about the housing slump; a couple admitted to have just entered this field. Not an easy time for that.

“20 percent [of real estate agents] will make a living in Chicago this year,” said Bob Watson of California.

Pretty bleak words. But Watson offered up some ideas on how to be part of that 20 percent. All the speakers were optimistic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

I learned some interesting things at Xplode Chicago, including:

*The importance of social media

*Equipment that can enhance your business

*Helpful Internet sites

*Good apps

*Even a new way to think

I will be sharing some of this information over the next few days on, so please check back.

Today, I will leave you with a lesson you most likely already know.

The technology conference, filled with people typing on iPhones, iPads, laptops and more, had a sobering moment as Kay Wirth, of Re/Max Unlimited NW LLC, searched for a charger.

“That’s the thing about technology,” she said. “It’s only good until the battery runs out.”

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