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February 23, 2006

Boston bubble bloggers begin meeting OFFLINE

Fellow Boston bubble bloggers,

Over the past few months, a number of us have corresponded about getting together OFFLINE with other bubble bloggers in Boston / New England.  If getting together for one or both of the proposed events below make sense to you and your blog readers, feel free to pass this on or link to it.

1st Boston bubble blogger meeting:  Exploratory meeting for "citizen journalists"

Several Boston bubble bloggers have confirmed their participation in the following.  If your schedule permits, join us for any of these three:

1.  Starbucks (Mass. Ave & Wendell St. in Cambridge) from 6:30-6:55pm;
2.  Berkman Center (see link for location) from 7:00pm to 8:00 or 8:30pm.
3. Optional discussion over coffee / dinner afterwards, (Maybe Darwin's, JohnnyDs, or another location.  Call cell phone 617-388-5818 to confirm.)

Berkman's guest speaker from Newsvine should help all of us get more visibility for our individual blogs and enhance our mutual goal, as independent citizen journalists, of informing consumers about real estate market trends in Greater Boston / Massachusetts.

2nd Bubble Blogger meeting:  Reviewing & analyzing MAR stats

The Mass. Association of Realtors (MAR) will be releasing their data on January sales on Tuesday, Febuary 28th.  Should we get together the same day or the day after to review and analyze their statement and what some are now commonly calling their "spin"?

I think we should invite the public to participate in this meeting, and even extend an open invitation to MAR, real estate professionals, and sellers who do NOT think there is a real estate bubble.  (FYI - MAR released a statement yesterday entitled, "Bay State housing market shows signs of returning to normal."

Ideally, we could meet somewhere with a wifi connection for laptops.  Better still would be a venue with a wall-sized projection screen.  I have a projector and screen, any suggestions for venues?

1.  Cambridge:  Darwin's, wifi but no projection screen room;
2. A hotel near MAR, easily accessible from Route 128 & Mass Pike (would require fee of about $150, but we might be able to get a sponsor or ask participants to share the cost);
3.  Other possible locations?  Please post in comments below, or send to recafe@mac.com.

As always, you can call our reader line at 617-876-2117 to record a comment for potential use in a future podcast. 

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Comments

Sounds like a good idea.

Posted by: john | Feb 24, 2006 1:09:00 PM

John,

Thanks for the encouragement and feel free to join us. Three of us gathered Thursday night, and we will either meet again in person on Tuesday or Wednesday or chat online after MAR's stats go public.

The Border bookstore at CambridgeSide Galleria has a wifi connection and lots of parking, both garage and on street. Would a meeting there this Tuesday, 2/28/06 or Wednesday, 3/1/06 at starting at 6pm or 7pm work for others?

Posted by: RealEstateCafe | Feb 26, 2006 2:05:04 PM

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors is releasing sales statistics for January 2006 sometime today. If you'd like to chat about them online, use this guest access link to join our discussion: http://realestatecafe.campfirenow.com/c6e32

Posted by: RealEstateCafe | Feb 28, 2006 9:17:48 AM

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors is releasing sales statistics for January 2006 sometime today. If you'd like to chat about them online, use this guest access link to join our discussion: http://realestatecafe.campfirenow.com/c6e32

Posted by: RealEstateCafe | Feb 28, 2006 9:53:47 AM

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