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Rainmaker
956,341
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Parkbench is a Canadian company that networks localism websites. So that real estate agents can be considered the neighborhood expert, and interact with other neighborhoods and their community. This is nothing that you could not set up yourself and AR people have been doing this for well over a decade and a half. If you look at the Google reviews, they're not super shiny. I would pass.

Feb 12, 2022 04:55 AM
Rainmaker
465,881
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Yes, I have, and it was because a agent associate wanted me involved in helping them! 

 

But we soon discovered that we could unitize Facebook in the same manner without the additional cost other then our time...

Feb 12, 2022 07:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,375,678
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

Assuming you have the time, you can recreate what they do for FREE!

 

Feb 12, 2022 07:06 AM
Rainmaker
4,643,177
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Sorry, but like Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, never heard of them. And, Tony Lewis, may be on to something!  

Feb 12, 2022 03:59 AM
Rainmaker
1,440,321
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sorry, I have never heard of them.

Feb 11, 2022 10:44 PM
Rainmaker
826,626
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I have not used it. 

Feb 12, 2022 05:28 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I read a few comments as I didn't know what PB was.  Now that I know, it's clear one can create that on their own.  There's another one called Neighborhood or something like that - and I tried it but it was so - full of people complaining and selling something.

Feb 12, 2022 09:51 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, I think that if used properly AR can do the same job.

Feb 12, 2022 09:06 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

As others have mentioned, not something you would need - other free resources available including the use of your own time. 

Feb 12, 2022 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
709,421
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Save your money and avoid have a mustache painted on your face.

Feb 12, 2022 12:26 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

When most people think of that, they get the park bench (in a park) in their minds, not the hyperlocal internet program for professionals. I'd pass.

Feb 12, 2022 07:18 AM
Rainmaker
920,078
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I have NO EXPERIENCE with PARKBENCH.
However, I do have loads of experience with "localized grass roots' marketing. What I have discovered is:
1. It is highly effective
2. DFU localization is NOT effective
3. It is costly in the investment of TIME.

My criteria for success was finding an enterprise with sufficient critical mass to attract web traffic. If the provider is doing NO MARKETING to the public, stay away. This predator expect to benefit from YOUR marketing effort.
My second consideration was "What have I to talk about that anyone cares about that leads to MONEY?"
Just this week in Tampa Bay a real estate sale was completed using Etherium, NFT and that whole block chain thingy. I need not talk about cryptocurrency to engage the community in the myriad of benefits that brings to the home buyer and seller.
iBuyers, smart forms, block chain all presenty solutions to those seeking to buy when they feel they can not be competitive.
If you have something to talk about that is not identical to real-estate-agent jargon, grassroots localism is an asset you should engage BUT make sure you OWN the respources. That is the real problem, with ParkBench you are simply renting space and have no tenant rights. That was where I went wrong. They closed doors and all my work went up in smoke.

Feb 12, 2022 06:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,776,762
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Have not even heard of it.

Feb 12, 2022 06:34 AM
Rainmaker
4,415,385
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Sorry can not help you.

 

Feb 12, 2022 09:23 AM
Rainmaker
5,410,139
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have not heard of them.

Feb 12, 2022 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,071,967
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Not I. Not sure I;ve even heard of it

Feb 13, 2022 11:38 AM
Rainmaker
5,768,842
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I second Candice A. Donofrio.  A

Feb 12, 2022 02:28 PM