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Joanne Podoj…, Real Estate Pro in Northfield, OH

How do you feel about 'Craigs list'???

Asked by Joanne Podojil, Northfield, OH Tue Nov 18, 2008

Has anyone used Craigs list for advertising their listings, open houses etc. And do you think that it has gained your listings extra exposure you may have not gotten otherwise?

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I do not care for craigslist. I placed properties for sale on there and got weirdos.

Set up appointment and no one shows.

Emails for England and other countries asking if I can send $ for them to come to US and close on property becasue they only have the $ for closing fees.

No thanks!!!!!!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
My humble opinion is that in this day and age, buyers are looking for properties on all different websites. I recently held an open house and asked everyone that came where they found the listing. I was really surprised as the overwhelming majority of them came across the listing on websites that were not fed by the MLS. I have several from craigslist, several from local media outlets and several from random sites like youtube, hotpads etc that my virtual tour company syndicates to. You just never know where you buyer will find your property and I honestly think that it is your best interest to cover all of your bases. Best of luck!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
I'm done posting my listings on Craigslist. The only inquiries I get are renters wondering if the homeowners want to rent out the house since it hasn't sold or out of area buyers/sellers looking to do a trade. I've also had one of my listings turn into a scam. Someone stole all of my marketing remarks and photos and reposted the property as For Rent at a much lower than market rent price and was asking people to send rental applications (including info like social security numbers, etc) and deposit checks in the mail.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 21, 2009
I love CraigsList! I have a Marketing Program http://(www.SeanWait.Mymarketingbook.com) that effortlessly places ads on CL and other sites and I do it for my FSBO's and I know people are looking at them because it tracks how many people click through to the website in my ad. I have also gotten requests for Pre-Quals through this and I also list my services in the Financial and Real Estate Services sections and have gotten leads that way. One of my FSBO's just got a PA from one of our CL viewers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 20, 2009
Read the Sun Jun 28 2009, New York times Real Estate section. The craig's list scam and others are featured, and exposed on the sections front page. This is a good article to share with landlords, tenants, clients, customers, real estate students, fellow sales agents, brokers, and law enforcement.
Web Reference: http://clovelake.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
There is a rental scam being perpetrated on Craigslist.The perpetrator goes by the name Mary at mary_hartkins5@yahoo.com. The scammer clones (copies and pastes) somebody else' s listing for sale with their pictures, without their knowledge,permission or authority. The scammer then puts the for sale listing up for rent at a very low price under mary_hartkins5@yahoo.com. The scammer does not provide a phone #, just the above e-mail address. When a unsuspecting victim inquires they receive the following e-mail;
I just joined my husband whom has been on a ship building contract with nigerdock plc.Nigeria http://www.nigerdock..com.I flew down to the country with our 4 year old daughter and we are going to be here till his project is concluded so we want the place occupied asap.

We initially anted to sell but we later changed our minds and wanting to rent now and looking for someone to move in asap,the place was newly renovated and is sparkling clean.

For now we are looking at a 1 or 2 year lease or rather lets know how long you wish to stay,just get back to me so i can know your plans and intentions as we want someone whom will take absolute care of the apartment.

Mary.

The next step Mary will ask the victim to wire her a deposit, and or rent. The victim has now been scammed. Unfortunately, craigslist has been slow to remove the fraudulent posting. SO BEWARE!
Web Reference: http://clovelake.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
I have not had as much luck with Craig's list yet. Although I'm relatively new to it, so far I have not had any inquiries from it for the listings I posted on there. I have had better luck with my website and the MLS than I have had anywhere else. Living in a smaller community, it makes a big difference to get in with a local Realtor, one who knows the area, including the schools, parks, churches, etc. Just having that presence alone can make a much larger difference, in my opinion. Certainly not against Craig's List, and I will continue to post listings on there, but just haven't had that much luck yet.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 26, 2009
In addition to posting listings on craigslist I have found it to be an effective way to advertise open houses. It seems to work best to post the ad the morning of the open house.
Web Reference: http://gowithgregg.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 20, 2008
Craigslist is a valuable asset in my marketing program. Basically I build a flyer using Microsoft Publisher and upload it to Craigslist along with adding some html code to provide a link to the virtual tour. In my market the listings that get the most response are around the 200k range and below. Bottom line - its free so why not use it.

Trey Miller
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 19, 2008
I have gotten numerous inquiries and even a couple of home sales from Craigslist, so I would
definitely advocate using it. Lots of buyers check it looking for "deals"...

Try it and see what happens...it can't hurt, and the more avenues you have for buyers to find you, the better.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 19, 2008
Joanne,

Craig's list is another sliver of the pie and since it is free most agents feel as though it is low hanging fruit when it comes to listing a house. A good agent will repost your listing once a week or so, so that it stays fresh on the site. I have not presonally had a sale from Craig's list but have gotten quite a few calls and even set up a few showings from Craig's list on some of my listings.

Cameron Piper
Web Reference: http://www.campiper.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 19, 2008
I can only speak as a FSBO, but a combination of using craigslist with a link to my Zillow listing that had many more photos was a winner for me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 18, 2008
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