Bethanne Baer, The Bear Team (Bear Team Real Estate LLC)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I just checked them out.  Prior to this question, I thought it was a company that plastered marketing on bus stop benches and the like. 

This is a neighborhood website.  RUN FORREST RUN. 

Build your own.  Create your own WordPress website and own it. You do not need to pay that kind of money to a third party for a website.  You create your own and build your own community. 

Upfront yearly fee from $3,000 to $12,000 depending on local housing prices ... INSANE. 

You asked 

Jan 17, 2019 08:13 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Just once Bethanne Baer 

parkbench

 

Jan 17, 2019 11:19 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not familiar with them.

Jan 17, 2019 08:05 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

I have not heard of it.

Jan 17, 2019 08:04 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

If that's a lead generating site, I have never participated with any of those sites.... I learned 40 years ago how to generate my own listing business....

Jan 17, 2019 07:55 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have not sat on a park benches lately.  Sorry. 

Jan 17, 2019 03:07 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never paid for leads! And, have not heard of Parkbench.

Jan 17, 2019 08:40 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If it is signs on park benches I did that back in the 1980s in a different business, but it is flawed.

Jan 17, 2019 08:16 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Never heard of it or are you talking about marketing on park benches?

Jan 17, 2019 07:57 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What's Parkbench? Are you talking about putting your face on public benches that people put their fannies on? Eeeew! Then again, I feel that way about agent faces on my shopping carts, as well. I'm sure there are better ways to spend your money for marketing you.

Jan 17, 2019 07:52 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Haven't heard of the but, I don't buy leads either. 

Jan 17, 2019 07:31 PM
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

Personally, I do not pay for leads but if I did, I would want them to provide bonafide results and testimonials before I would even consider them if I were going to go such a route. That sounds like an alot of money per month and for what?

Jan 17, 2019 05:33 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Bethanne Baer I haven't used Parkbench yet.

Jan 17, 2019 05:03 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Never heard of them

Jan 17, 2019 11:43 AM
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Merv Edinger & Associates
Remax Nova - Halifax, NS

I did not find that their service meritted the cost.  So I did not bother. 

 

Jan 17, 2019 10:34 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Never heard of it at all.

Jan 17, 2019 10:26 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sorry, never heard of Parkbench.

Jan 17, 2019 10:08 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Sounds like they have a good plan for putting your services in front of local people & business'. The thing is you'd be putting a lot of faith in what they are promising. I'd have to actually see how they were going to yield me better results (per dollar) than other online lead companies before I dove in. 

Jan 17, 2019 10:08 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Tis the season that these parasites come out of the woodwork to prey upon agents.

Jan 17, 2019 09:56 AM
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I have not heard of them.  Figured it was a bus bench advertising outfit until I read Kathleen Daniels response. I agree with her.

Jan 17, 2019 09:55 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have not, but according to Kathleen Daniels's research, I concur with "Run away".

Jan 17, 2019 09:24 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Parkbench is not familiar to me.

Jan 17, 2019 09:15 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have not, some here have used it with a tiny bit of success, but I am not sure it they just got leads or if they actually got a client.

Jan 17, 2019 09:12 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Run. They are effin nuts. You can buy a house for that. Buy yourself a new car and hire someone to build you a website and you'll be better off.

Jan 17, 2019 09:11 AM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Not to say I haven't tried many different things at various times during my RE career but what I've got out of those experiences is that it's worth it to create your own stuff as Kathleen Daniels mentioned. Pay no one else to get in between you and the public. Spend you time and money to become, or remain if you already are - the first point of contact (directly with no vias) for everyting real estate for your targeted market.

Jan 17, 2019 08:54 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
Jan 17, 2019 07:52 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No.

Feb 16, 2019 02:49 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

No, never use it.

Feb 16, 2019 02:02 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have used a parkbench to rest while walking in the park.  

Jan 18, 2019 07:33 AM
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Never heard of them

Jan 18, 2019 05:41 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jan 18, 2019 02:37 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Well theoretically it’s a great idea because lots of homeless people sleep on those benches and clearly the homeless need homes

Jan 18, 2019 12:55 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, never even heard of them.

Jan 17, 2019 11:18 PM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I never pay for leads and have not heard of them.

Jan 17, 2019 10:31 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bethane,

$2800 a month?  Wow!  You could do so much more with that budget and really get results.  A

Jan 17, 2019 10:28 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have not heard of them.

Jan 21, 2019 05:01 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

sounds like a scammer to me.  That budget could get you a lot better deal.

Jan 20, 2019 11:40 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Never heard of it and will never pay for leads.

Jan 19, 2019 08:21 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Once I clicked on the question Kathleen Daniels answer appeared immediately below it and while I never pay for leads there's nothing more I could add to it othan save your money. 

Jan 18, 2019 07:58 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I never have but lots of agents have them.

Jan 18, 2019 12:51 PM