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Donna Ferrell…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA

Is Craigslist a good place to advertise for Real Estate Service?

Asked by Donna Ferrell, Broker, Los Angeles, CA Thu Oct 28, 2010

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I find all of your responses interesting. The times I have posted to craigslist, I get spam back more than genuine interest in the property. Such as, hey saw your post on cl, did you know that you too can sell ______ fill in the blank...and earn up to ______. What a pain.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 29, 2010
It depends. For example, working in rentals Craigslist helps much, but in sales... not... 70% of leads from it are spam.
12 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 24, 2014
It is amazing how many people do use Craig's List.
I use it to promote listings. It does generate traffic at Open Houses.
It also genrates lots of spam. I do not respond to emails from Craig's List unless there is a name and number.
Please be careful as these contacts could be anyone.
Alan
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 29, 2010
I think Craigslist is a tool that can produce if used correctly but it shouldn't be the only tool you use.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 14, 2013
I agree, it's one of many tools I use, but certainly am not dependent on it.
Flag Thu Nov 14, 2013
hi,

Yes it is, you can get a good traffic from Craigslist, but the question is craigslist flagging and deleting a lot of ads. So if your ads are marked or deleted, you can use a professional service publication craigslist ad. For more details visit the page http://clpostingpros.com/

Thank you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 13, 2014
Hi,

Yes IT is, You can get good traffic from Craigslist but the issue is craigslist flagging and deleting lots of ads. So if your ads are getting flagged or deleted, you can use professional craigslist ad posting service. For more details visit the website: http://www.CraigslistAdPostingService.net

Thank you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 5, 2014
I think it is awful as it is loaded with scams of people trying to sell, rent and buy all looking to take ones money.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 2, 2014
You have to be VERY careful, there are "scams galore" on public message boards. I would work with a professional to get professional results and advertise where the Pros look.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 2, 2014
Of course. Craigslist is only best place to advertise your product or service. if you want work with them means just contact the web.http://www.classifiedadposter.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 1, 2014
So... listing under services? Sure why not, if you are already a CL user then you understand the spam. Advertising yourself as an agent... correct? I think RE based sites are going to be your best bet.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2014
In the SF Bay area, it is sometimes an ok place to advertise. Rentals are a tough one though because there are so many scams out there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2014
Any type of FREE advertising I would say is good in my books!!

Feel free to also check out

http://www.topsocalrealtor.com

For some FREE informative articles & reports for sellers.

Also http://www.taylorcresswell.com has properties that are currently available for sale.

Taylor Cresswell
Real Estate Agent
BRE# 01945015
(424) 302-8008
taylor@topsocalrealtor.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2014
Hello,


It seems to work great for rentals. From what I hear from my colleagues. I personally would not post a property for sale on or advertise myself on Craigslist. Plenty of people are skeptical.


Oscar Gonzales
WestCo Realty
562-244-2055
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
Not in my area. Pretty much anything from craigslist is suspected to be a scam around here. I have even pulled my listings from Craigslist to just ensure the association does not soil my reputation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
In my community it is an additional tool for advertising open houses. I would not use it by itself though. Every time someone posts something it get pushed farther down the stream. I usually wait to add my open house on Craigslist until a few hours before I hold it open.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
Craiglist used to be a good place to advertise to generate buyer leads. But unless I have listings in the $200,000-$300,000 price range,I wouldn't waste my time on Craigslist. I haven't advertised there in a couple of months due to spam. You're better off answering questions and posting blogs here and put a link of your website here to generate traffic back to your site. Good luck to you. http://www.buyandsellnewhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
Craiglist used to be a good place to advertise to generate buyer leads. But unless I have listings in the $200,000-$300,000 price range,I wouldn't waste my time on Craigslist. I haven't advertised there in a couple of months due to spam. You're better off answering questions and posting blogs here and put a link of your website here to generate traffic back to your site. Good luck to you. http://www.buyandsellnewhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
I believe its a good place to advertise because it's where I found my current home.

I have a had a lot of success using it for rentals and yes, you get spam but its easy to filter these out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
I find Craigslist good for rentals. For sales, not so much.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
I haven't had much success with Craigslist but I think it's probably because I haven't been really consistent about posting there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2014
I closed a transaction with a cash buyer that responded to a craigslist ad. She did not buy the house she called on but we worked together and did close on another home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 24, 2014
I feel that the only responses I get when I post on Craigslist are spam or people trying to rent a property. I think that with the amount of media content available elsewhere Craigslist is not the best avenue for marketing listings.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 24, 2014
I have had good results with Craigslist. I have had some annoying spam and I have had one of my ads duplicated for the purposes of scamming people (and even had a person get scammed and call me to complain like I had something to do with it). Overall, it has been worth the effort and it is also a another tool to show your sellers that you are using every asset available.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 26, 2013
No. Craigslist has long since outlived it's usefulness and it's been many years since I've listed anything on it. It may have it's use but I find that its real estate section is rife with scams and fraudulent postings. I avoid it like the plague.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 26, 2013
The problem is there are so many scams that people do not know what is real and what is fake. I have also had my listings for sale cloned and posted by scammers as for rent,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 26, 2013
Craigslist is just another avenue that you can use to pick up more business. Why not use a free website for advertising. You never know who may see it and call you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 26, 2013
I only use referral/lead generation sites that are FREE! Check out http://www.AgentsPresent.com they offer free listing leads that they refer to agents who create a profile. It's a newer site but it's FREE and if it works out that you only receive one listing lead at least you paid NOTHING! Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 16, 2013
Jason, where do you hear that most people saw your ads at?

Thanks
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 25, 2013
Hi Donna,

Its free and offers a lot of good leads.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 18, 2013
Hi Donna,

Its free and offers a lot of good leads.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 18, 2013
We had some success with it in the past.
It is a part of our marketing.

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
IrinaKaran@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 18, 2013
I love Craig's list. I have not recieved response in advertising my real estate sales services or properties for sale, but booming responses in rentals. You won't recieve spam if you utilize contact through Craig's list email routing. If you put in your phone number don't use numericals or half of Africa will call you with some sales scheme.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 15, 2013
Craigslist is best for the rental market in our area
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 15, 2013
Craigslist is good for a lot of things but you have a better chance finding a real estate professional on real estate sites.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 14, 2013
We used to use CL to promote our listings but never sold any listings as a result of that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 14, 2013
I'll second that.
Flag Thu Nov 14, 2013
We've had pretty good luck with it... driven a lot of traffic to our website. We don't receive much spam, but we do get a lot of people interested only in renting or lease purchasing.

The changes with the HTML have been a bummer ... Circlepix tours had a very easy and attractive way to quickly post (Market Leader's was ok at best). Now they are looking for a workaround.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 14, 2013
CraigsList is increasingly becoming a trick back for those in the real estate profession. They removed the ability to use images and transform them into links which means you can't use pretty "postlets" type ads anymore with clickable image buttons or anything.

Recently, they even removed the ability to make raw links clickable. Now people have to copy/paste any link you put in there if they want to get access to the info.

On the other hand, if you put something up there that really peeks their interest and they are willing to copy/paste the raw link to get access to the info, that might just mean that they are a little more serious than the average CL browser. Just a little though...not a night-and-day difference in seriousness-of-intent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 14, 2013
It is an added resource for additional source for free advertising, but since it is a free classified - you have to use good judgement and follow proper netiquette.
Web Reference: http://www.DavidNewHome.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 8, 2011
Thank you for your question about advertising on Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist is a good place to advertise Real Estate Services. It is a free classified advertising website. To ensure you have a positive experience you must follow proper netiquette because the free nature of the site does create pitfalls.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 7, 2011
I get bombarded by solicitations every time I put anything on Craigslist
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 1, 2010
Great question.

It's worked for us when we're looking to attract new real estate agents. We just post a short ad on a weekly basis. Sure, we've been contacted by several vendors wanting to sell us services, but it's not been that big of deal. Two agents joined us during the past 2 weeks from these ads.

We also post upcoming bank listings before they hit the market. That has also been very successful.

It's becoming crowded recently in our area, but we continue to post as it's free :-)
Web Reference: http://www.teamforss.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 30, 2010
From my experience Craigslist is a good place to post my listings; however when it comes to posting in Real Estate Service it simply has not worked for me. I only get spam or emails from vendors offers their services . Like anything else its worth a shot. You never know where your leads/seo responses will come from.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 30, 2010
Donna
There is no one perfect place to be. The more exposure you get the better. Craigslist gets lots of traffic and the price is right. You lose nothing advertising on it. Give it a try.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 29, 2010
Hi Donna you post a interesting question here and as I have used Craigslist in the past and many other sites like. I think as long as you generate leads it does not matter where you advertise the key thing is recognize the quality of leads to expect you get more tire kickers from these sites and thats where the propblems lies and where the clichéd adage takes full effect i.e. "You get what you pay for".

Brian Halstead
License real estate broker
Halstead homes realty
786-303-1046
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 29, 2010
It does drive traffic to open houses, as I ask people how they heard about the property when they visit and at least a few will say they saw it on Craig's List. We advertise most of our rentals on the site and get better responses than newspaper ads.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 29, 2010
Hi Donna

It's great for RE Service.

Also look into http://www.postlets.com

Good luck.
Perry
Web Reference: http://www.ruthandperry.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 28, 2010
These days there are so many websites that really specialize in and cater towards home buyers. Non-the-less, craigslist is a staple website that people still search on for just about anything, including real estate. You cannot discount it even though I too believe it is not a source of high quality leads for real estate sales. For rentals, it's definitely one of the best places, that's for sure.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 28, 2010
I think Craigs list can be a useful website. I use it for listings and open houses. Though I have to say when I ask what site brought someone to an open or to make a phone call I have actually yet to hear " Cragislist" as the answer.

But as they say Free advertising is well free...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 28, 2010
I have had a few sales from Craigslist & a fair amount of spam thrown in for good measure!
Flag Sun Feb 23, 2014
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