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Old 07-22-2005, 11:07 AM
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Hello!

I'm booked up for next week and called to schedule with a home owner for the week after next. She asked me if I would take a bribe to come to her property next week? I told her that physically, there was no way that I could do that with the schedule that I already have for next week.

I'm curious though, do ya'll ever get this offer? If you do, do you take the bribe???
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:29 AM
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I'm curious though, do ya'll ever get this offer?
No, never happened.

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If you do, do you take the bribe???
No. However, assuming she was not kidding, I would call the lender and cancel the assignment as this will be downhill all the way from that point forward.

If she was kidding, no harm, no foul. Only you know if she was kidding.
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:33 AM
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It is called expediting the order. Find the time to sqeeze 'em in and charge extra $$ for it. Your fees are your business and you can charge whatever you want for the extra service. It is not a bribe.

Like the old saying - You get fast, cheap, or quality. Pick any two.
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:39 AM
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I would not call it a "bribe", it appears to be a "rush fee" for expediting the order.
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:03 PM
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Originally posted by Wendy Morton@Jul 22 2005, 12:33 PM
It is called expediting the order. Find the time to sqeeze 'em in and charge extra $$ for it. Your fees are your business and you can charge whatever you want for the extra service. It is not a bribe.

Like the old saying - You get fast, cheap, or quality. Pick any two.
Wendy, Its seems that currently everyone is interested in just the first two.
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:28 PM
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I love Rush Orders. $$$$$
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Greg,

Too true.
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:34 PM
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Ok, I will modify my answer.

If the appraisal is being done for the homeowner, then the fees are indeed between the homeowner and the appraiser. If, it was ordered by a lender or someone other than the homeowner, it's a bribe. The contract to do the appraisal was with the lender and the homeowner has no ethical business trying to influence the appraiser.
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:35 PM
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I explain it to customers as "overtime" pay for working weekends. Weekends appears to be the only time to squeeze them in. I typically double the fee to make it attractive to me.
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:57 PM
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This used to be a serious problem during my first full year in the business at a fee shop. I frequently had to file a report with our owner, the lender and occasionally the MLS if the assignment involved a sale. Lord William my mentor accompanied me on some questionable assignments to be a witness and try to determine what was happening, but it was to no avail. Our office manager who used to field all the telephone calls and set appointments was finally able to determine that was occurring were not bribes in a true sense, they were no more than unwanted advances being made towards the appraiser. Housewives have always been a nuisance. Since I left the fee shop and took the lone wolf path several years ago and now bear all responsibility for reports and complaints, Iíve decided that vacant REOs are the ticket. Much less stressful and eventful. A boring day at the ranch is far safer that a hot July afternoon refi on Wisteria Lane.
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