This week I head to Atlantic City, as I do every year at this time for the Triple Play Realtor’s Conference. Agents from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania spend a few days in AC each December taking classes and earning continuing education credits.
I met up with broker friends Joe Sheehan (Pennsylvania) and J. Philip Faranda (New York) in a Bubba Mills class. Bubba took this shot of us sitting in the front row of his session. Note that there’s lots of space between the front row and those who chose to sit in the back. We were the rowdy row.
The trade show this year was disappointing – not much new and it felt like there were more banks/lenders than anything else. That would be great if we could find a reliable one or two to add to our list of recommended vendors. But many seem to promise the world and deliver less than stellar service. We have a small list of recommended lenders in our office. It’s hard to get on our list – and pretty easy to get kicked off. The lenders we trust are excellent with communication skills, and are quick to qualify buyers (or not qualify them). We don’t like surprises at the end. We’d rather have a lender tell us a buyer won’t qualify right up front, than promise us the moon and the stars only to disappoint at the end.
Dakota came home from Wyoming and met up with me in AC. We had a great seafood dinner with Phil and a new broker friend from New York. Then we hit up Todd Polinchock’s PAR Presidential Suite and the Ice Breaker. It was nice to share an evening with some of my real estate friends and my oldest son. Now back to the office and work.