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I get numerous request for work. Sometimes when I get a call they will say " You previously did one for $......., why not now"
Previously I took some lower priced orders when
1. I am on the same street for an already accepted order
2. I am trying to build a history with a new company
3. I am trying to improve my score, and volume is needed
I feel the fee you accept is based on the circumstances, not the always the same per job.
Donna - do not let the online BPO price bullies get to you. Those are all legit reasons to take some low price BPOs except maybe for the scoring thing. I never pay any attention to scores. You will learn or decide soon enough if they were worth the effort. You are NOT the reason for the lower payments!
I do the same thing. My price for a single order 'x' miles away is higher than if it is on my way to another order or in the same general direction.
Today, I got a request for my fee for a certain address after I was already on the road. It was $200. Then I realized I was going toward that area on today's route. So I sent them my discounted fee of $120 and got the order. Barely had to go out of my way.
I also took 10 $35 orders that were mostly in the same neighborhood. Was able to use the same comps for 5 or 6 of them and the same comps for 3 of them. Unfortunately, they were for a slow payer, Valuation Vision, and I forgot and took a few more orders the next month. Of course, I now no longer take their orders.
Well put Cece. Taking a lower priced order when you are in the area is a good thing. I have also like you in the past used the same comps for 2 different orders since the subject for both had similiar sq ft - I like those a lot. In my area I do no though see $100 orders.
That "you previously did one for us at..." doesn't work with me either. Like you if I just did one, pulled around the corner to check my pictures and my email and I have another order in the same area I might take it. If I have to make a special trip I might decline or ask for a higher fee. I will also decline if it's something that I know I'm going to have a hard time finding comps for. If it's a manufactured home or has a lot of additions or is some weird custom unit it's going to take a lot longer to find comps than if it's a cookie cutter tract home in a big development.