Those are not inspections according to what you posted.
It seems like a home buying company wants to see if there is any interest in targeted areas where foreclosures seem likely and people may be will to sell their house quickly.
Yea 13 cents is too low but if they want you to go into a neighborhood with a few hundred houses and you can pocket 30 bucks for a few hours of work then I dont see why you are so against it.
You need to realize not everyone lives in podunk country rural hillbilly areas and not all houses are 25 minutes away from eachother on horseback.
Welcome to 2012...