Craigslist - Yeah or Nay? What has been your experience?

Real Estate Agent with Pugatch Realty Corp | Five Towns Long Island, NY Real Estate

Craigslist yes or noI wanted to see what others there thought of using Craigslist for real estate listings.

In my area on Long Island I have had no luck at all in the times I have tried it in the past. I use html from Postlets or Visual But no response

Yesterday I had some time on my hands so I thought I'd try it again. Nothing to lose - its free!

I thought I would give it a try with these 3 properties differing in type, style, price and neighborhood and see which segment got the best response.


5 Bedroom Colonial in Hewlett Harbor

Luxury Condo in Rockville Centre

2 Bedroom co-op in Woodmere, NY

And the verdict is in - equal responses to each of them - ALL SPAM!!!

I think my Craigslist days are over but it left me wondering if Craigslist is perhaps better in some areas of the country than others? Or maybe it is really not great for Real Estate.

What has been your Craigslist experience?




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Leslie Ebersole
REALTOR - Chicagonulls Western Suburbs
Baird&Warner Fox Valley

Craigslist drives traffic to the website. It also create google juice for individual listings. It is great for rentals.

July 22, 2010 10:17 AM
Don Spera
Serving York and Adams County, PA
CR Property Group, LLC

I have had numerous inquiries through Craig's List and have obtained clients from it.  You will get scammers replying periodically, but you can pick up on them very easily, as their responses are very generic.  It is just like an open house, they may not buy that property you are representing, but you may sell them something else.  Best wishes.

July 22, 2010 10:25 AM
Joe Harvey
Lake Worth Real Estate

Craigslist isnt bad but you get a lot of responses from people who are not serious about buying.

July 22, 2010 10:25 AM
Andy Yakubovsky
Century 21 Prevete Real Estate

All we have had is negative results with the Nigerian scammers getting thousands of dollars from people that can least afford to get scammed. Staying away from Craigslist.

July 22, 2010 11:28 AM
Damon Gettier
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

I have picked up buyers from Craigslist but I have not sold a house directly from Craigslist.  Sellers are starting to expect to see their houses on Craigslist though.

July 22, 2010 08:36 PM

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