In 1995 a group of agents who "met" on the old RE/MAX CompuServe Forum decided that we should really meet each other in person and share our real estate knowledge and especially our love for technology. We all were astonished when one of the agents at the meeting told us how we could post our listings on the web! No one at that meeting had a web site yet, and only a couple of us had laptop computers. It was the most exciting meeting I ever attended. A whole new way of working in real estate was opening up for me.
Within the next couple of years we all had web sites, were demonstrating software and new technology to each other – sharing our best ideas and evaluating each others work. Eleven years and 22 meetings later, we are still meeting, still sharing ideas – still looking to improve our work. We have grown from that small group of 10 agents who were mostly from the Northeast (except for Cindy from Kansas City) to an organized group of about 60 agents from all over the United States – and one from Australia!
The group is now called the CyberProfessionals and we have earned a bit of a reputation in the real estate industry. We have been seen on the RE/MAX Satellite Network and visited by technology guru’s Michael Russer and Allen Hainge. We also have several Howard Brinton Stars as members. Many members of the group have served as beta testers for new real estate products.
The Cyberprofessionals meet twice a year – in May at various locations around the country and each November prior to the National Association of Realtors® Conference. The November meeting also includes a day at the NAR Trade Show where we can see, touch and demo all the new technology tools of our industry. How does any of this help my clients? Through the collective knowledge of my cyber friends, I’ve developed many of the technology systems that help serve my clients better with advanced marketing techniques, improved communication, and systems for smooth transactions. Our next meeting is in New Orleans — and I can hardly wait!