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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

If I were to go to a conference, I would look forward to the END.  

Aug 07, 2016 10:00 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

1. educational sessions, which is first reason for going

2. networking

I'm not a wine and dine kind of person, so that matters little to me.

Aug 07, 2016 08:41 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

All the above. I have fun!

Aug 07, 2016 01:59 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

All of the above.

Aug 07, 2016 12:24 PM
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634,272
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I rarely attend the large conferences. When I do I'm most interested in what I can learn. That happens in the workshops but also by meeting people and touring various vendor booths.

Aug 07, 2016 10:06 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - right now I am at one. Had networked with many members - and prior to that, ActiveRain MeetUp...

Of course, idea is to get the momentum.......

Aug 07, 2016 04:39 PM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

The education and networking first...energizing and then the wining and dining...as long as it does not include and whining! 

Aug 07, 2016 02:58 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

All of it and it's the combination of these experiences and the interaction with other professionals - those I've known and those I've just met - that energizes me. 

Aug 07, 2016 09:57 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I can't say that I look forward to one more than the others - it's part of the whole experience!

Aug 07, 2016 09:42 AM
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4,065,730
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debbie -- of the choices you presented, I'd say the education.  Of the answers provided so far I'm going with the one provided by Amanda and Jared Christiansen 

Aug 07, 2016 10:16 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The first three are a priority, the partying I can do without

Aug 07, 2016 05:31 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Truthfully, I have never taken advantage of the networking parts. I don't usually attend the ABR meeting because Larry hasn't gotten his designation yet.  Hopefully soon! I am looking forward to it this year with all of the ActiveRain members! I usually go for the education.

Aug 07, 2016 02:53 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on the conference.

Aug 07, 2016 11:44 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like it all. We have some excellent keynote speakers at our state convention, and I also look forward to hearing them speak. 

Aug 07, 2016 10:15 AM
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Karen Deis
ApartmentToolKit.com - Minneapolis, MN
When In-house training is not enough!

The networking first, then the education sessions. 

Aug 08, 2016 01:16 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Networking.

Trade show - latest and greatest technology, etc.

Aug 08, 2016 01:00 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I look for educational and networking opportunities.

Aug 08, 2016 12:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I go into any public place, I enjoy the people aspect of it all.

Aug 08, 2016 12:05 AM
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709,884
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

The big industry conferences can be a real hoot. You do what you can, mix and match what you seek from your goals and objectives, soak it all in and enjoy all of it. Even the partying can be great.

Aug 07, 2016 11:51 PM
Rainmaker
1,457,227
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I would go to hear the speakers.

Aug 07, 2016 11:35 PM
Rainer
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

It's been awhile but I wasn't impressed with the so called "energizing" at our conference - I must not have gotten the right flavor of kool aid I guess

Aug 07, 2016 11:18 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Mostly classes I can't get elsewhere - but networking works well also sometimes

Aug 07, 2016 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I haven't been to a conference in decades....much too busy to get away for that reason....

Aug 07, 2016 10:38 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Content and networking in that order!

Aug 07, 2016 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Energized then Educational sessions.  I have not seen a line up that I want to travel for.

Aug 07, 2016 09:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The educational sessions.

Aug 07, 2016 09:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker nailed this one!

Aug 07, 2016 08:37 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It's not a conference if you don't look at it...as a whole package, so you can enjoy it all.

Aug 07, 2016 03:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love the dining aspect, no whining though.

Aug 07, 2016 11:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

Not our cup tea.  

Aug 07, 2016 10:10 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am not a fan of large conferences.  If I went it would be first for the education. Networking second. I am not a wine and dine kind of gal. 

Aug 08, 2016 09:24 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Oh, the wining and dining!  

Aug 08, 2016 07:33 AM
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AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

I am all for the education and networking... the other items are pretty much ancillary to those two.  I will say that it depends on the conference, with the CSR Sell-A-Bration being my favorite event I attend every year.

Aug 08, 2016 06:21 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with Nina.

Aug 08, 2016 05:44 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sometimes the sesssions, other times the CE credits.  The networking and seeing people I haven't seen in a year or more is always nice too.  Plus the food/socializing and location is always key.  The last ones I went to for my old job were at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Aug 08, 2016 05:08 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Education, both from speakers and from other participants and networking. 

Aug 08, 2016 04:10 AM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

That's an easy answer...Education and Energy...probably more so the energy. We have a small office and most folks office from home. We do belong to a local board but the weekly Marketing meetings are more "functional" than energizing.

Aug 08, 2016 03:26 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

All of the above.  MNake the most of everything!!!!

Aug 08, 2016 02:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Educational sessions

Aug 07, 2016 11:35 PM