From time-to-time, I get shop notifications from Bare International, where they are offering a string of 10 non-realtor shops for $7 a piece, but you have to commit to 10 shops but they will assign you 20 shops, which is okay with me, since the shops are done by an online view + email inquiry AND waiting for a R.E. office to telephone you within 24 hours or you have to call the R.E. office (with a discussion scenario that must be followed), yet you are guaranteed 10 shops. However every time I sign up for them, I never get any.
I was just curios if anyone has been lucky to get them? If so, are they difficult? The notifications I get, they sound very easy, however I have no idea what the report might be like or how involved the telephone calls would be for each of the 10 R.E. offices calling.
Please share your experiences with this type of shop. Thank you.
I never see those come up on the board. They must be regional.
> From time-to-time, I get shop notifications from
> Bare International, where they are offering a
> string of 10 non-realtor shops for $7 a piece, but
> you have to commit to 10 shops but they will
> assign you 20 shops, which is okay with me, since
> the shops are done by an online view + email
> inquiry AND waiting for a R.E. office to telephone
> you within 24 hours or you have to call the R.E.
> office (with a discussion scenario that must be
> followed), yet you are guaranteed 10 shops.
> However every time I sign up for them, I never get
> I was just curios if anyone has been lucky to get
> them? If so, are they difficult? The notifications
> I get, they sound very easy, however I have no
> idea what the report might be like or how involved
> the telephone calls would be for each of the 10
> R.E. offices calling.
> Please share your experiences with this type of
> shop. Thank you.
Yup! *waves hand* I've been doing them since October when it's time for the "non-realty" portion.
The biggest drawback is NOT having callbacks! Some agencies I've tried over and over, give them longer than the 24 hours to call back - and I get NUTTIN'! I'm in the middle of another set right now. I emailed Friday morning (to the East Coast). I received ONE callback within 2 hours - I've gotten no emails from the remaining agencies. Monday morning I have to make 3 attempts to contact the agencies.
Now - you get assigned somewhere between 10 & 15 shops. If you have a duplicate agency, you move on to the next one on the list. It does NOT mean you are going to definitely have a full "10" shops/reports to submit for $70.00. For example - last round, I got 15 assigned. Five of those were duplicates, I did not do them. Two of the shops were non-responders, and I didn't have my 3 calls in (I left messages, spoke to a non-agent, gave her information, etc - but never got called back in the allotted time for the Shop Job. So out of the 15 I was originally assigned, I lost 7 of them.
The report is HARD - for the first round you do. The first time you do all of your reports for these jobs - well, you'll question why. You have to submit "PART ONE" as soon as you send your initial email. I have three browser windows open:
(1) open up the house-for-sale link, print it out so I have a hard copy to take notes on (you need to keep the window open for the Part One of the survey/report)
(2) My Email Program (I have my initial email in notepad to copy & paste for all surveys)
(3) My Job Page in Bare with the Survey Window open to fill out.
Fill out the first part of the survey, then sit back and wait for your 24 hours for return phone calls & emails. Also, you have to save all emails because they get pasted (with headers) into the report if necessary.
I actually enjoy these tremendously! Now that I have a system down for doing these jobs - it actually goes smoothly. I'm just surprised at the lack of responses I've received from my 9 agencies this time around. (I had 11 assigned, two were duplicates)
Hope this helps!
PS: I have to say, the scheduler that I have for this project is absolutely amazing! She is one of the nicest gals/schedulers I've talked to on the phone. I keep 100% in touch with her throughout and keep her updated on callbacks from agencies; sending her a list of my duplicate agencies right from the start, etc...
Thank you Everyone for your feedback and comments on this shop.
I send a special thanks to you Klhofbauer, for taking the time to write such a thorough and detailed posting. WOW!!! Yet it sounds like it is an interesting experience that I would like to give a try at least once. Yet based on what you have shared, it sounds like you really have to work hard just to get that $7 per completed shop, yet if you have a system, then I can understand exactly what you are saying, because I have a quick system to do bank shops, cable provider shops, and check cashing shops. When I get a chance to do any of those 3 types of shops, to me, those shops are just like found money on the ground! Yet as you know with most mscs, you can only shop the same shop after “x” amount of weeks or months upon doing one. Good luck to you, and thanks for your post.