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Phone call; want more work?

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Flygirl 152

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In July of 2007 someone called and told me they were putting on seminars in CA for mortgage brokers. He said that during this event they allow no more than 3 appraisers to basically buy in to the event, and in the goodie bags they provide to the mortgage brokers they include your company information.

When I asked him what the charge was, he stated it was $1,500, and reiterated that there would be no more than 3 appraisers in one room with an abundance of mortgage brokers. (This did not sound appealing to me for multiple reasons.) He was quite persistent and said that this is a proven method to gain new clients as well as work, and appraisers usually walk out with at least 3 orders. I declined and told him I wasn't interested.

Today the same person called again. Same voice, same sales pitch. I was half listening when he mentioned his company name since I was involved in something else at the moment. I told him that I remember him calling me last year, and that I thought his price to attend a seminar with mortgage brokers was too high and that I wasn't interested. He began to push, and I told him that quite frankly I am focusing more on non lending work, and am doing less and less lending work. He answered that they also do a seminar for financial planners, and should I be interested in that......it's only $984 for appraisers to attend and network with financial planners. Once again I declined his solicitation and bid him farewell.

I'm interested to hear if anyone else has received a call from this individual. I imagine there are lots of people making false promises to appraisers since it is so slow right now, and I'm wondering if that's the case with this company.
 

MARK JOLLIFF

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In July of 2007 someone called and told me they were putting on seminars in CA for mortgage brokers. He said that during this event they allow no more than 3 appraisers to basically buy in to the event, and in the goodie bags they provide to the mortgage brokers they include your company information.

When I asked him what the charge was, he stated it was $1,500, and reiterated that there would be no more than 3 appraisers in one room with an abundance of mortgage brokers. (This did not sound appealing to me for multiple reasons.) He was quite persistent and said that this is a proven method to gain new clients as well as work, and appraisers usually walk out with at least 3 orders. I declined and told him I wasn't interested.

Today the same person called again. Same voice, same sales pitch. I was half listening when he mentioned his company name since I was involved in something else at the moment. I told him that I remember him calling me last year, and that I thought his price to attend a seminar with mortgage brokers was too high and that I wasn't interested. He began to push, and I told him that quite frankly I am focusing more on non lending work, and am doing less and less lending work. He answered that they also do a seminar for financial planners, and should I be interested in that......it's only $984 for appraisers to attend and network with financial planners. Once again I declined his solicitation and bid him farewell.

I'm interested to hear if anyone else has received a call from this individual. I imagine there are lots of people making false promises to appraisers since it is so slow right now, and I'm wondering if that's the case with this company.
This same scenario has been posted before by people who were very unhappy with it. If I remember right there were more than the promised number of appraisers and other problems.
 

leelansford

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Mar 29, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Illinois
In July of 2007 someone called and told me they were putting on seminars in CA for mortgage brokers. He said that during this event they allow no more than 3 appraisers to basically buy in to the event, and in the goodie bags they provide to the mortgage brokers they include your company information.

When I asked him what the charge was, he stated it was $1,500, and reiterated that there would be no more than 3 appraisers in one room with an abundance of mortgage brokers...

Let me see if I understand this correctly: Someone wants me to PAY to be placed in a pit full of vipers?

I'll have to get back to you on that one!
 

CCAAMO

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Sep 17, 2007
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Certified General Appraiser
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California
In July of 2007 someone called and told me they were putting on seminars in CA for mortgage brokers. He said that during this event they allow no more than 3 appraisers to basically buy in to the event, and in the goodie bags they provide to the mortgage brokers they include your company information.

When I asked him what the charge was, he stated it was $1,500, and reiterated that there would be no more than 3 appraisers in one room with an abundance of mortgage brokers. (This did not sound appealing to me for multiple reasons.) He was quite persistent and said that this is a proven method to gain new clients as well as work, and appraisers usually walk out with at least 3 orders. I declined and told him I wasn't interested.

Today the same person called again. Same voice, same sales pitch. I was half listening when he mentioned his company name since I was involved in something else at the moment. I told him that I remember him calling me last year, and that I thought his price to attend a seminar with mortgage brokers was too high and that I wasn't interested. He began to push, and I told him that quite frankly I am focusing more on non lending work, and am doing less and less lending work. He answered that they also do a seminar for financial planners, and should I be interested in that......it's only $984 for appraisers to attend and network with financial planners. Once again I declined his solicitation and bid him farewell.

I'm interested to hear if anyone else has received a call from this individual. I imagine there are lots of people making false promises to appraisers since it is so slow right now, and I'm wondering if that's the case with this company.

They have called me at least 3 times over the past couple of years. The fee was the same $1,500. even at $984 it is not worth it.
 

Mountain Man

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Certified General Appraiser
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Georgia
Hotel room for "seminiar" -$130.
Refreshments for "meeting" -$75.
Invitations to 200 bankers and mortgage brokers -$250.
Postage -$74.

One appraiser dumb enough to fall for this gig. +$1500

$971 profit! woohoo
 
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