2009 REBW Team
Nick Bastian (@raillife)
Nick Bastian is a 17 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 4 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 the principal of The J. Berman Group, which provides mortgage & technology consulting services. The company is passionate about delivering elegant simple solutions that make a difference in the lives and careers of those they serve.
A mortgage originator since 1993, Jason Berman speaks to audiences around the country about the benefits of utilizing technology in the Real Estate profession. In 2009, he has spoken at RETechSouth, NMAMB, REBarCamp’s Denver & Chicago.
Jason is also the co-founder & owner of REBlogWorld. A three day conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center focused on technology, blogging, & new media. REBlogWorld was one of the largest technology gatherings of real estate professionals in 2008.
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.
Heather Elias (@hthrflynn)
Heather Elias is a real estate professional with Century 21 Redwood Realty, in Ashburn, Virginia. Heather has combined a background in public relations and marketing with small business ownership experience to grow her successful real estate business in northern Virginia. Her aggressive marketing program leans heavily on internet marketing and social media, garnering a solid 75% of her business from her online efforts. Her hyper-local blog about Loudoun County, LoCoMusings.com, is the lynchpin of her business and won her the title of Virginia Blog Brawl Champion in 2008. Heather also writes several local blogs that focus specifically on market statistics, and is a contributing author to VARBuzz.com, the blog for the Virginia Association of Realtors. She recently spoke for the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Convention in Washington DC, at RETech South Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors in Herndon, Virginia.
Robert Hahn (@RobHahn)
Robert Hahn is the Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, a marketing, technology and strategy consultancy focusing on the real estate industry. A veteran of the online world since the pre-Netscape Internet, Robert got into the real estate industry at Realogy, overseeing the interactive marketing and technology for the commercial brand.
At 7DS, his focus is on helping clients take an integrated, evidence-driven approach to real estate, combining strategy, marketing, operations, and technology. A frequent speaker at industry events, Robert writes on transformation in the real estate industry, and blogs at 7DS Associates as well as his personal blog, The Notorious R.O.B.
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.
I do blog coaching and design work for real estate and mortgage agents all across the country. I believe that blogging is the primary platform for real estate marketing on the internet and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
I also author several other blogs which are not related to the real estate one being ForNoRealReason.com with a collection of random thoughts and life observations. 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.