Updated! Tuesday 5/24
It’s nearly 11am on the second morning of RECon and the exhibit halls are bustling with people heading to sessions, networking meetings and dealmaking. We kicked off the morning with coffee time with members of the informal “CREJAVACLUB” from the commercial Twitter conversation. Angela Sweeney (@angelasweeney), Dave Lewand (@creGROW), Jeff Vinzani (@vinzani) and Neil Johnson (@NeilJohnsonCRE) shared their thoughts on their convention experience so far – and hopeful expectations for the day!
The best part of working shows like ICSC RECon is the how much WE learn from attendees – there is no doubt that we are constantly motivated to keep it an even exchange! Here are some ideas that emerging from our conversations this morning:
- In an interview with Duke Long CRE blogger and Broker/Owner at dukelong.com, we revealed one of our favorite facts from the 2011 Commercial Member Profile being published today in the REALTOR store. 75% of REALTORS conducting commercial real estate have been doing so for 26+ years. Those REALTORS in commercial with less experience under their belt are lpursuing commercial designations such as CCIM, SIOR, CRE, ALC and/or CPM. Working with a REALTOR means phenomenal experience and the best education in the business.
- Betty from Philly, a long time REALTOR, recently conducted commercial idea exchanges at her local REALTOR Association inviting primarily residential members to come and ask questions. What she found is that by inviting them into her world she was able to gain referrals and their confidence. Her secret? Being nice!
- From the #RECon Twitter conversation, mainstreet is back and poised for growth as telecommuting becomes more prevalent in the workforce. NAR Commercial agrees – we’ve published two articles in the last two issues of Commercial Connections on the impact of telecommuting on commercial real estate. See individual links in related articles below: