John Raybould replied to Vicki Taylor's discussion Single Source
"Yep there has been a noticeable drop off in orders for both single source and Proteck. "
Apr 19, 2017
John Raybould replied to Matt's discussion Anyone else have 0 orders the last 3 days?
"Same here in my area of Georgia.  It is very slow right now. "
Apr 18, 2017
John Raybould replied to Herman L Dawson's discussion Stewart Valuation Services, LLC
"I signed up with these people over 6 months ago, and two days ago, I got my first order.  It was a property inspection about 20 miles away.  I managed to negotiate the fee increase to $25; not a lot but not bad considering I was already in that area…"
Apr 27, 2016
John Raybould replied to William J. May's discussion Since I’m new to BPO’s I have a few questions....
"The style question is one of common sense.  In my location most homes are ranch, cape, split level, 2 story or double-wide.  Experience and learning by doing is the key. 
With regards to fees, many companies will negotiate if you can conditionally a…"
Oct 11, 2014
John Raybould replied to William J. May's discussion Do SingleSource Pay?
"Yes, they are a great company to work with.  They will also negotiate fees."
Oct 11, 2014
John Raybould replied to Mary M. Walsh's discussion CoreLogic Source Net
"Their photo upload is messed up too.  I can only upload photos now with Windows Explorer in compatibility mode. "
Jul 15, 2014
John Raybould replied to Wendell Funderburg's discussion Reasonable Fee
"It is hardly price fixing to have a general discussion about fees.  It is not as though we are forming a cabal to fix prices, especially since we are from all different states and counties.  We have neither intent or act to be guilty of any anti-tru…"
Jul 14, 2014
John Raybould replied to Wendell Funderburg's discussion Reasonable Fee
"I regularly negotiate my fee with a few companies, which happen to make up the bulk of my income.  I guess the ability to negotiate the fee is down to the luck of the draw of what area you work in.  I guess I must live in an area where not many agen…"
Jul 13, 2014
John Raybould replied to Douglas Mueller's discussion WHY DO WE EVEN DO BPOs ANYWAY?
"I think it is possible to do well doing BPOs.  The key is working with the good companies that pay, being firm on the fee you will do work for, and being fortunate enough to be in an area where agents aren't bidding each other down to peanuts just t…"
Jul 13, 2014
John Raybould replied to Marvin Von Renchler's discussion CoreLogics BID SYSTEM??
"Yes, I looked at this when they decided to cut their base fees by $5 at the beginning of the year.  I wanted to see if it was possible to add money to fees to offset this, however, as you might have guessed, the bid system is a one way scale where y…"
Jul 12, 2014
John Raybould replied to CECILIA D FOX's discussion Valuation Vision huge amount of orders today - almost spamming
"I got a bunch of requests from this company too, but unfortunately it is the same old story; insultingly low $40 fee, and then straight to the trash. "
Jul 5, 2014
John Raybould replied to NEAL DALESSIO's discussion any body else tired of getting requests to do assignments for $35?
"My policy with those companies is to put their emails right in the trash.  Usually if they are desperate they will either call or send a non-standard form email asking for a fee and turnaround time.  The better companies have a feature that allows y…"
Jul 5, 2014
John Raybould replied to Marvin Von Renchler's discussion WAR STORIES---tell us about your crazy or dangerous BPO work
"I have had two BPOs result in a negative interaction.  The first one was a few years back.  I went to do an early morning drive-by, thinking that the chances of being spotted would be minimal.  Unfortunately, I got caught by someone going out to wor…"
Jun 23, 2014
John Raybould replied to Marvin Von Renchler's discussion WAR STORIES---tell us about your crazy or dangerous BPO work
"I see what you are saying but I agree with Durward.  Some of these people may be desperate, and getting into it with them might be dangerous.  Being as friendly and professional as possible is the way to go, and if it comes to it, the gun is there t…"
Jun 23, 2014
John Raybould replied to John Gattinger's discussion BPO Shenanigans...
"Agreed.  $40 is an insult, unless you are in a big city and are literally walking distance from the subject property.  My starting fee is also $60 and goes up from there depending on the distance and the form work required.  If you factor in at leas…"
Jun 18, 2014
John Raybould replied to Marvin Von Renchler's discussion WAR STORIES---tell us about your crazy or dangerous BPO work
"This is why we have the second amendment.  If you are going to a rough area, it might be wise to take the concealed handgun."
Jun 15, 2014
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