2010 REBW Team
Nick Bastian (@raillife)
Nick Bastian is a 18 year veteran of the real estate industry and has always believed in building relationships with current and past clients. From “old-school” post cards to news letters and email campaigns, he has effectively used them all.
Nearly 5 years ago, Nick began researching blogging as a way to further reach his “sphere of influence” and to better market real estate in an effective yet cost efficient manner. This research lead to Nick’s firm belief in online niche marketing, hyper-local blogging and community awareness through web based channels. RE BlogWorld is the obvious choice for any real estate related professional to learn more about these exciting times for our industry. Nick blogs at www.RailLife.com/blog
Jason Berman (@jbinfrisco)
Jason Berman is a Mortgage Blogger who lives, works, and snowboards in beautiful Summit County, Colorado. He is also the Event Organizer for REBlogWorld. His company, the J. Berman Group, provides mortgage and technology consulting services.
Originating mortgage loans in Colorado & New Mexico since 1993, Jason built his first company, Sierra Funding, into one of the premier mortgage companies in Colorado. In 2007, wanting to slow it down, he closed Sierra Funding, moved to the mountains and started one of the first virtual mortgage practices in the State of Colorado. His mortgage blog plays an important role in retaining and gaining new customers while giving him the opportunity to remain small, independent, & happy.
Ricardo Bueno (@ribeezie)
Ricardo Bueno is a Social Media Consultant with the national recognized Real Estate Tomato where he trains and coaches Real Estate Agents on the effective use of social media for their real estate marketing.With a passion for presenting Ricardo has spoken at several private and public real estate conferences and is Founder of REBarCamp Los Angeles (a one-day free social media event attended by 300+ individuals in the real estate industry).
Ricardo Bueno began experimenting with social media in 2005-2006. As a loan originator he needed a way to easily and affordably reach his market. Blogging and other social networking tools allowed Ricardo to become a favored authority and effectively differentiate himself from the competition within his community. He now helps small businesses outline and execute their social media strategy to attract clients, build a better brand and create raving fans.
Melissa DelGaudio, Honeybee Consulting (@Startabuzz)
Melissa DelGaudio is the voice behind Honeybee Consulting, a one-woman copy writing shop based in picturesque Shepherdstown, WV. A passionate writer who stands for the
rights of apostrophes and commas everywhere, Melissa stands ﬁrm in the belief that no matter how fantastic a product you have, it stands little chance of success without great writing behind it. A former REALTOR, Melissa understands the unique challenges that real estate professionals face. Though she has clients in industries as varied as video game animation, theatre production, and corporate catering, the lion’s share of them are involved in real estate in one capacity or another. She focuses her business on crafting creative content for her clients’ blogs, marketing, and public relations materials, as well as coaching them in best uses for new media. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park (Go Terps!) and holds a degree in English Literature. She hopes, one day, to retire to a tropical island on which she intends to perfect new techniques for spearﬁshing and coconut farming.
Justin McHood (@jmchood)
Justin has worked as a loan officer for the last 7 years. In the last 7 years he has been responsible for at least a thousand funded loans and hopefully at least a thousand and one happy clients. He started blogging in May of 2008 at ArizonaMortgageTeam.com and now contributes to several different mortgage and Real Estate related blogs. He has an MBA from Brigham Young University but somehow never managed to let school get in the way of his education. He lives in Chandler, Arizona and when he is not trying to solve seemingly un-solvable underwriting conditions or get docs out on a loan “yesterday” he enjoys golf and tinkering around with Twitter. Lastly, he claims that he is currently working on the single biggest product “ever” (?) in the mortgage space and one that will revolutionize the way people think about originating their mortgage.
Mike Mueller, Social Media.ist (@MikeMueller)
Mike is a former Mortgage Banker, Mortgage Broker turned “Tech Geek” who specializes in Social Media. He is a builder of blogs and systems. He’s passionate about hyperlocal video and has built a Google Map Mashup for Agents to show off their neighborhood expertise. He’s also fanatical about Facebook and in particular Facebook Business Pages. He loves his family, his 72 VW Westfalia Camper, his Suzuki Hayabusa, and is currently restoring a Porsche Soft Window Targa (one of 300 made). The one thing he detests is self appointed “Social Media Gurus, Ninjas and Experts”.
Mike writes AreWeConnected.com, a blog dealing with social media and technology as it pertains towards real estate. He publishes articles in the San Francisco Examiner and the BusinessWeek Exchange. AreWeConnected is listed in Alltop and ranked by AdAge. He has been interviewed and quoted in articles for BankRate, Scripps, the San Jose Mercury News and others, (including the front page of The Wall Street Journal for writing mortgage related Haikus)
Dave Smith (@daveintucson)
I’ve been involved in the real estate industry for 10 years. The first 5 as the database administrator for the largest brokerage in Southern Arizona, the last 5 year as a real estate agent who’s primary responsibility is internet marketing. I started the Real Estate Blog Lab in 2007 as a resource for RE Bloggers primarily using self hosted WordPress, but with information applicable to all RE Bloggers.
I have authored the hyperlocal Tucson real estate blog since 2007 as well with almost 1000 posts and even more photos. It is the marketing basis for our Tucson real estate business.
I’m an avid writer and photographer with a couple photo blogs as well as the ReImaging Photo Lab where RE Agents can have listing photos re-imaged as HDR images or retouched for maximum marketing appeal. I also author a photo tips blog as part of the Photo Lab site.
Through Custom WordPress Site Design I provide site design and blog coaching for real estate and mortgage agents (as well as small businesses) all across the country. I believe blogging is the primary platform for real estate marketing on the internet and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. I blog, I blog a lot. I’m looking forward to meeting many more RE Bloggers at this years REBlogWorld conference.
Ginger Wilcox, Broker Associate, CSM, GRI (@gingerw)
Ginger Wilcox is a Broker Associate at Alain Pinel, a San Francisco Bay Area real estate firm as well as a founding partner and Vice President of business Development for the Social Media Marketing Institute. She is an accomplished speaker, writer and trainer on the real estate industry, online marketing and social media strategy. Ginger is a Certified Instructor for the Certified Social Media Marketer Designation (CSM). Her recent speaking engagements include the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference, Inman Real Estate Connect in New York City, and ReTech South.
Ginger is the publisher of www.BlogbytheBay.com, a highly regarded Bay Area real estate blog and was recognized as one of the top 10 women bloggers in real estate in 2009.