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Feb. 12, 2010 - Go To The Expo In Your Jammies!

This Month’s Not to be missed EXPO!!!!!

Get your Pass Now -- National Real Estate CyberConvention & Expo (Feb 21-27 all online).

I love this EXPO because I can walk the aisles and listen to the speakers while I am in my jammies!!!!!

I am one of the sponsors for the ninth annual National Real Estate CyberConvention and Exposition, http://recyber.cyberconventions.com which is expected to attract over 10,000 real estate professionals over the seven days of the event (February 21-27).

This year's speaker line up, the largest ever, include major keynote addresses by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior VP of Research, National Association of REALTORS®, Michael Russer, President, CEO, Russer Communications, Randy Eagar, President, Computer Camp, and Jennifer Allan, Author, trainer, Jennifer Allan Sell with Soul, plus over 50 Nationally recognized real estate trainers, authors and industry experts in four educational tracks: Broker/Agent Productivity; Tech Tips and Tools; Promoting Your Business; and Top Commercial Presenters.

You will be able to network in the new CyberConvention Community and check out the latest business building ideas, products and services at the booths in the Exposition. No Travel - No Hotel stays- no time away from home - Good for the environment, this is the Greenest of Green!

You may register now and attend this premier networking event from the comfort of your home or office. You will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing for a Seven Day Luxury Cruise for Two!

Register Today Here 

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Nov. 10, 2006 - At the NAR convention!

My roommates, Wynne Achatz from Michigan and Fran Thorsen from Bethlehem, PA, and I are having a busy time networking, hearing tips and speakers.

We've all been busy blogging. Here is Wynne 's perspective.

And here is Fran's perspective.

They have done a great job of capturing what is going on. They'll be more coming & if you aren't here

make sure to join me next Wednesday for a Fossland Forum!

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May. 23, 2006 - Best of NAR MidYear Meetings

This year's NAR Mid Year Meetings in DC were attended by 10,000 of us.
I enjoyed the trade show and the education sessions and meetings, and found the networking the most valuable part. It was fun to visit with ePROTalk and RealTalk folks. The Internet Crusade treated us to libations! What great guys!!!!
Some highlights
NAR Chief Economist David Lereah statistic-filled presentation, After The Boom, indicated deceleration in 2006 after five straight years of spectacular growth. He does not predict a bust and suggests we may see more growth and appreciation in 2007 after some cooling this year. Future strength will be impacted by the favorable demographic trends, the baby boomer retirement and 2nd home purchases, the growing Asian/Hispanic populations and more balanced markets.
Internet Crusader, Saul Klein shared the information about identity theft and how NAR is getting involved.
WCR invited me to be part of a very fun Tech Tools presentation facilitated by Tech Queen, Amy Chorew. Fellow WCR Members, Marilyn Urso, Alisa Hagner, and Louise Thompson, shared tips on virtual tours, using a Treo and Microsoft Outlook. I presented on Tablet Computers.
Update on Tablets:
www.VREO.com is no longer selling hardware, but their Real Estate Dashboard software is now available for use on all tablet pc's.
It gives you a toll free fax line, on line storage vault and ease of encrypting signatures. This is the key to becoming paperless!!! Their website has some terrific, short videos on using the tablet, and the differences between a notebook and a tablet. They will educate you to all the important criteria when choosing.
Use my name when ordering to get a  $50 discount on the software.
WCR honored me with their Connections Best Article 2005 Award at the Awards Dinner last Friday! What a delightful surprise. This was my article on Tablet Computers. If you are thinking of buying, my article will help!
My new preferred provider for the Motion Computer Slate Tablet is www.toptabletpc.com I can offer you a $50 rebate to you if you order through them for your Tablet.
Trade show had few new products or vendors.
Although I guess just still being there is an accomplishment! I mostly gathered giveaways to bring home to Lily.
We saw 3 booths with lights for your signs-how long will those last before being stolen, I wonder?
One new product called Hyperhitch caught my fancy. Turn your vehicle into a moving billboard!
I also liked the Magnetic Garage Door Banners from www.DoorSignLLC.com
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Feb. 18, 2006 - Schedule for Upcoming On-Line EXPO

Subject: On-Line Convention News, Issue #1

ISSUE#1 Thursday February 16, 2006

This issue of On-line Convention News is brought to you by:
Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions - Visit our Booths while you enjoy the Convention.

Just three days to go to Convention time! Your COMPLETE Convention Schedule is enclosed in this issue. Daily issues during the Convention will only contain the speaker schedule for that day.

Convention Entrance

Convention Address: http://www.recyber.com/convention
Your Password (Please save): "RECS2006" (without the quotes)

You may enter the convention as often as you wish between 00:01AM Monday (February 20th) and midnight Sunday (February 26th). All Convention times are U.S. eastern.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to set any spam blocking program you may be using to accept an e-mail from conventionnews@recyber.net otherwise you may not receive your Convention Schedules and other important information.

You Can Enter The Convention With One Click

You'll like this - With the Convention QuickPass, the first time you enter the Convention you can click on Remember Me On This Computer and from then on waltz right in without an ID or Password! Just drop a link to your desktop and you can come and go with one click for the entire Convention!

Dont miss Convention Keynote
by Alan Dalton, CEO Realtor.com

We listened to your suggestions and will deliver this years keynote talk ON-Demand anytime on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 00:01AM to Midnight. This is a Dont miss talk!

Convention Schedule

To help you plan your Convention activities, below you will find your complete Convention Program including all speaker schedules and other special information! Other than the Keynote talks you can "attend" the Convention any time of day (or night!) during the Convention from Monday (February 20th) and until midnight Sunday (February 26th). This includes attending the scheduled speaker sessions (on the scheduled days), getting the session handouts, walking through the Expo, Networking --or just having fun--24 hours a day!

On-Line Expo - Your Marketplace for the Latest Plus Door Prizes Galore

Wait till you see the great new products and services being offered by Expo vendors. Many are offering Convention specials and great savings on their products and services. This is a great opportunity to look into new tools for 2006. You'll be able to rap with vendors at their forums, look for a green blinking light at their Expo booth and live text chat directly with the vendor. -- and the door prizes the exhibitors have up for grabs just for stopping by their booths. We estimate that attendees will win over $20,000 in prizes when the Convention is over on the 26th. How about an IPodNano (plus other MP3 Players), Contact Management Software, Transaction Management programs, Digital Cameras, virtual tours, training programs, books, gift certificates -- plus lots of valuable tools and services--- the list is growing every day. On top of that all of the door prizes will be indexed at the Expo so you can be at any drawing you choose with one quick click.

Flash! --- RECS Designation To Be Awarded!

Big news! The Real Estate CyberSpace Society has agreed that attendance at 3 Sessions of this Convention will fulfill all the classroom requirements for the awarding of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society's Real Estate CyberSpace Specialist (RECS) professional designation. Details regarding this special waiver are at: www.REcyber.com/designationconvention.cfm There is no cost for the RECS designation and the only other requirement is membership in the Society and e-mail certification of attendance. You may apply for Society Membership at: www.REcyber.com/invitation.html

A Note To Broker Owners And Managers!

It would probably cost you about a quarter of a million dollars to bring in this lineup of trainers for your sales force. Be sure to get your troops to register for this event and they will receive the very latest power tips for boosting their sales production. If you're lucky they will attend in the evening :-). But you may want to consider a sales meeting built around the Keynote - or any other briefing of your choice! No charge! Send your sales force this link and tell them to get registered today. www.Recyber.com/preconvention

Convention Program

(Please print this program, SAVE -- and DISTRIBUTE) Note: All sessions (and handouts) are available 24 hours on the scheduled day.

Monday, February 20th

Jim Gillespie "Convert On-line Prospects to Clients!" *
Zahara Mossman "Use a Blog To Build Your Business"
Michael Russer "Mr. Internet on The Power Of Targeting!"
Jeff Turner "A New Virtual World for Agents!"
Pat Zaby "Mastering E-Marketing!"
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Convention Learning Center

Tuesday, February 21st

Allan Dalton Keynote: "More Marketing Now - Now More Than Ever!"
Dr. H. Nathan Booth "Use Tech To Build Worldwide Referrals!"
Rob Levy "The Power of Stealth Marketing!" *
Judy McCutchin "Web Site Customer Magic"
James Sherry "Todays New Sales and Marketing Strategies!" *
Verl Workman "Getting Results in an e-Crazy World!"
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Convention Learning Center

Wednesday, February 22nd

Scott Hoen "How To Create A Major Impact In Your Market Area!"
Mike Peters "How To Be A Realty E-Genius!"
Ira Serkes "Boost Your Income With Moneymaking Tips!" *
Colleen Sheridan "Convert Small Deals to Big Profits!"
John Tuccillo "The Futurist Looks at Technology!" *
Back By Popular Demand Library of Convention Keynote Sessions
Convention Learning Center

Thursday, February 23rd

Allan Dalton Keynote: "More Marketing Now - Now More Than Ever!"
Rick DeLuca "Technology Meets Practicality!"
Allen Hainge "Rejuvenate Your Business With a Web Site Makeover! " *
Michael Krisa "Everything You Need To Know!"
Nancy Michaels "Plant Your Name in Prospects Brains! " *
Terry Watson "Good Things Web Sites Must Have!" *
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Convention Learning Center

Friday, February 24th

Wynne Achatz "Agent Client Care, The Easy Way!"
Ken Deshaies "Top-agent Tips And Tricks!"
Rick Raddatz "Use Your Own Voice to Sell on the Web!" *
Dan Gooder Richard "Trade Secrets For Capturing Leads!"
Dirk Zeller "Mine Dollars with Customer Database Magic!"
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Convention Learning Center

Saturday, February 25th

Allan Dalton Keynote: "More Marketing Now - Now More Than Ever!"
Troy D. Allen "Build a Wall Against Identity Theft!" *
Roger Butcher "Use Red Hot Tools for Commission Green!" *
Mal Duane "Powering Success With Today's Tools!"
Bernice Ross "Your Future Depends On This!"
Stuart Siegel "Power Your Way to On-line Success!" *
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Convention Learning Center

Sunday, February 26th

Bruce Fealk "Bringing Touch Back to Tech!"
Joeann Fossland "Fabulous FSBO Follow-Up!" *
Joshua Konowe "Search and Destroy the Competition!" *
Bill Shue "I Success Tips!" *
Sandy Teller "Make Your Site Sizzle!"
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Convention Learning Center

Expo and Networking Center Open 24/7 With The Latest and Greatest!

New Convention Forum Feature -- Chat With The Speakers And Vendors

Network with your fellow attendees, speakers and vendors! This year in the Networking Center, you'll find the Convention Forum Center where you will see a scoreboard showing all the Convention Forums currently open for participation. This is easy to do -- just enter the Forum and type your message in the text box, hit enter, and you are in the fray! You can discuss general topics and rap with Convention Speakers and Vendors. You'll also be able to network with many of the vendors directly at their Expo Booths. At the Expo Floor plan and indexes you'll see green blinking lights, indicating that a vendor's forum is open. Click on that booth from the Expo floor, when the booth is open click on the "Forum" link and you'll enter that vendor's forum. You'll be able to ask all your question, just like stopping by a booth at a hard floor show.

Let Your Associates Know -- And Get Some Extra Shots At The Grand Prize

Every one has been wonderful in pitching in to get the word out. We hope that you will help (that's what keeps this event free!) and in the process get an extra Grand Prize entry for every recommendation you send to friends and associates (In addition to the Expo Door Prizes above.) To qualify CLICK HEREto recommend the Convention to Friends and Associates and qualify for an extra Grand Prize entry.

Attendee Help Line

Tech support is being supplied by Matthew Ferrara and Company. If you have any issues accessing the Convention or the Convention features you may contact the Help Line at: REcyber@matthewferrara.com Be sure too to check the "Convention Info" tab to receive instant information while at the Convention.

About The Society's Show Special!

If you are not yet among the 9000 real estate pros who have joined the Real Estate CyberSpace Society, we think that you will be surprised at what less than $13/month will bring you and find the information at the following link quite interesting. http://www.recyber.net/conventioneprotoolbox.cfm Take advantage of the Convention Special (in effect now until February 20th) and receive a free Copy of "Real Estate CyberMagic", plus the powerful "Convention in a Box" CD plus a bonus audio/print report with 3 additional fresh briefings.

Convention Partners And Sponsors

This Convention is delivered free of charge to attendees because of the generosity of the following Sponsors: Major Industry Partner - Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions, Major Media Partners, RisMedia and National Real Estate Magazine, Major Technology Partner - Matthew Ferrara & Company. Official Sponsors include e-Agent, The Warren Group, iSucceed, RealtyU, and The Real Estate Apprentice -- plus hundreds of real estate associations and organizations. The Convention is produced by the Real Estate CyberSpace Society as a member, industry and public service.

Back Issues Of "On-line Convention News"

Once the Convention opens all "Convention News" issues will be posted in the Convention "Information" Section. Between the news, schedules, tips and these updates you will have the very latest Convention information!

We hope that this periodic Convention newsletter will help you to enjoy this major real estate event so you can kick back in your fuzzy slippers and enjoy.

Be sure to save your Convention Password: RECS2006

No Airfare. No Hotel Bills. No Registration fees. No time away from home.

Brought to you compliments of the National Real Estate Online Convention.
http://www.REcyber.net/preconvention PO Box 464 Somerville, MA 02143
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All content is Copyrighted by Real Estate CyberSpace Society 2006. All rights reserved.

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Jan. 17, 2006 - Houston Real Estate Agent Jan Poscovsky ROCKS!!!!

Sunday was the day that after almost a year of training, Jan Poscovsky of RE/MAX Heritage, Realtors http://www.stanjan.com/

in Sugarland, finished a 26 mile marathon.


She's also dropped 50 pounds along the way and raised over $500 for the Food Bank as well

Read about Jan's training and completion of the 2006 Houston Marathon http://www.FromFatToFab.com


Is that Inspirational or What????
Way to go Jan!!!!!!

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Nov. 6, 2005 - Bob Bass's Notes from NAR

I appreciate Bob's permission to repost his perspective of the NAR Meetings!


[I] just returned from San Franciscos N.A.R. convention, and a truly amazing event it was. The sense of camaraderie and collegiality among members truly warms the heart. There is a true sense of community, and a pervasive curiosity about how people do business in their respective markets. A number of people, particularly educators I hadn't seen for many years, came up to say hello and renew acquaintances!


In my capacity as a National Director, I attended the Large Firm Directors Meeting on Saturday. This is always an intensely interesting group discusssion. It is a closed session, to facilitate discussion among the largest 75 firms in the country.


 We heard great presentations by Laurie Janik, NAR General Counsel, and David Lereah, NARs Chief Economist.

Big on the agenda was the DOJ lawsuit concerning the VOW policies. In a nutshell, Laurie told us that NAR is represented by an A-Team law firm of the best and the brightest; that the venue (Chicago) is more promising than, say, D.C., and that the assigned Federal Judge is very scholarly. She expressed great confidence in the rightness of NARs policies, and thinks that the case may wind up (if it isnt settled) being decided on a Motion to Dismiss which NAR will be filing soon.

Monday the 31st was the NAR Board of Directors meeting, at the conclusion of the 2005 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Heres a brief summary of the major actions of the Directors:

1. Waived 2006 national dues and the Public Awareness Campaign special assessment for hurricane-impacted members in the Gulf Coast. The waiver will apply to up to 4,000 members in Louisiana, 2,000 members in Mississippi, and 1,000 members in Alabama and Texas.

2. Approved the awarding of grants from NAR reserves to help state associations in the Gulf Coast recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The grantsup to $165,000 for Alabama, $400,000 for Louisiana, and $200,000 for Mississippiwill offset lost dues revenue.

Three Professional Standards Changes:

Standard of Practice 1-13 was amended to say, when REALTORS® are working with buyers or tenants, they should tell their clients that "sellers or sellers' representatives may not treat the existence, terms, or conditions of offers as confidential unless confidentiality is required by law, regulation, or agreement between the parties."

Standard of Practice 1-15 was amended to say, in response to inquiries from buyers or cooperating brokers, REALTORS® shall, with the sellers' approval, disclose the existence of other offers and also whether the offers came from the listing licensee, another licensee in that company, or a cooperating broker.

Standards of Practice under Article 10 were clarified to prohibit REALTORS® in a residential transaction from volunteering demographic information involving race, ethnicity, or religious composition of a neighborhood, while permitting them to volunteer other demographic information and to permit REALTORS® in a commercial transaction to volunteer all demographic information.

The Board also:

1) adopted a policy that prohibits MLSs from requiring that a listing be submitted to the MLS to put a lockbox on the property; 2) delayed until June 1, 2006, the effective date of a statement of multiple listing policy addressing ownership of listings and listing content; and 3) increased from $1,000 to $5,000 the fine that associations and MLSs can impose for a violation of lockbox rules.

BOD Opposes Tax Policy Proposals

In anticipation of a report by President Bush's Presidential Advisory Panel on Tax Reform, which will be released Tuesday, the BOD added policy language saying that NAR opposes changes to the mortgage interest deduction for both first and second homes, opposes tying MID to FHA loan limits, and opposes changes that would discourage long-term real estate investments. The BOD also approved initiating research on the economic impact the panel's proposals would have on homeownership.

Deceptive Lending Principles Adopted

The Board adopted a set of principles to support congressional efforts to protect consumers from deceptive lending practices. The principles spell out what information real estate practitioners can provide to assist in an appraisal and require lenders to get a physical inspection for properties on which higher risk loans are made.

Legal Battles Funded

NAR will spend $260,000 to assist in cases involving patent infringement for geographic search software, unlicensed brokerages, application of federal employment laws to independent contractors, and the definition of wetlands.

The BOD voted in favor of NAR working to make federal disaster insurance available and affordable.

Membership Growth Expected: The directors approved a budgeted membership for 2006 of 1,275,000 members.




Robert N. Bass, Esq.

President, Arizona Real Estate Educators Association



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