CraigsList Examples

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Stars Realty

I have not been a big user of Craigslist but I have been hearing tons of real estate buzz regarding this service.  There are so many different places to market your listings online which makes me wonder what is driving the success of Craigslist.  If you are attracting serious inquires and you are closing sales using CraigsList I would love to hear about your success.  If you could post a link to one of your ads I would greatly appreciate it.

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Sam Miller

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Rainer
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Shon Smith
Thurgood Realty Company - Atlanta, GA
Your Key To Atlantanulls Real Estate

Hey Sam, Craig's List has been a big hit for me when it comes to rentals and lease purchases. I normally post an ad about a property I am leasing or an ad offering my services of helping potential tenants find a rental property listed by other agents. I receive tons of calls instantly. One thing I have learned is to keep the add short and sweet. You can go to craig's list's Atlanta home page and search my name Shon Smith and you can see the ads I've posted in the past. Hope this helps.

Shon Smith

May 29, 2008 09:32 AM #26
Rainmaker
85,344
Sharon Harris
Coldwell Banker Select Pros. - Hanover, PA
Realtor

Thanks for the question. I had the same one. Hope you found some of this helpful. I did

May 30, 2008 08:19 AM #27
Rainer
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Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Sam,

I’ve sold a couple of properties as a FSBO using Craigslist. I also have two properties now (both listed with agents) that I did my own Craigslist ads for. Obviously, any response I get goes through the agent.

Here are the links…
http://dallas.craigslist.org/rfs/699416915.html
http://mohave.craigslist.org/rfs/699429999.html
http://mohave.craigslist.org/rfs/651606005.html

I also scour the ‘Housing Wanted’ and ‘Real Estate Wanted’ and have found several buyers that way.

May 30, 2008 09:25 AM #28
Rainmaker
181,596
Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Sam -

Yes, on my personal website I can track who has come from Craigslist and on our visual tour software I can track CL clicks. On our franchise sites, from United Country, I have no idea.

I recieve at least a handful of emails from each posting and depending on the listing, a lot more.

I have no zero luck (that I know of) with our service ad offering our services to sellers and for auctions.

May 30, 2008 12:32 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Mindy & Jay Robbins
Robbins Real Estate - Richardson, TX
Expect Excellence from Robbins Real Estate

Nice tip, Steve!   I'll try that.

 

http://dallas.craigslist.org/rfs/716402628.htm

 

We get a reasonable repsonse to our postings.

Jun 12, 2008 11:37 AM #30
Rainer
24,225
Dustin Nulf
Keller Williams Realty - Pittsburgh, PA

good stuff.  just posted my listing on craigslist a week ago, still no response though.

Nov 30, 2008 04:11 PM #31
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Craigslist has completely changed the marketing in our office.  The rental division was placing hundreds of dollars in newspaper ads each week, and the return was questionable (at best).  With craigslist, we've slashed our marketing budgets & the quality of lead is much stronger!

Dec 09, 2008 03:05 PM #32
Rainer
24,606
Ryan Gorman
Campo Realty - Chatham, IL

Sam,

Hi.  My virtual tour tracks the websites that my tours were launched from. I am having  a hard time sending a sample tour, but I can tell you how to find it.  Go to St. Louis, Mo. Craigslist. click on housing.  Paste ad# CL Ad# 952013230 in the search field and you can go to my add.

 

I am currently running 44% with Craigslist, which is the #1 lead generator for my virtual tours.

Also, here is a link to my virtual tour stats and you will see what I am talking about.  Also you need to use Postlets.com to achieve professional CL ads and I can even add my virtual link tour right into the Craigslist Ad.  http://www.realtourvision.com/hit_stats.php?utl=RE-3465-878YH9-01

Hope this helps.  Ryan Gorman~Realtor~ and Virtual Tour Provider

 

Dec 10, 2008 08:02 PM #33
Rainmaker
686,249
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Sam, here is a link to a listing I added to Craigslist today:  http://springfield.craigslist.org/reb/952972822.html

 

I get a lot more leads coming to my website by using Postlets inside of Craigslist.  It's easy!  It's free!  It stays on the web 30 days.  Best advertising I've ever had.

Dec 10, 2008 08:11 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio

Good stuff and thanks for posting newest examples. 

Ryan, I like what you have done and I was not aware we were permitted to post virtual tour links or outside links.  Have you ever had any issues with your posts getting flagged or removed? 

Kay, your Craigslist advertisement looks a little similar to mine.  http://columbus.craigslist.org/reb/952124563.html

Sam Miller

Dec 10, 2008 08:28 PM #35
Rainmaker
686,249
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Sam, hope it works well for you.  Not only does it go on Craigslist, it goes on googlebase too.  Can beat that for being free.

Dec 10, 2008 08:45 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Mark A. Moore
RE/MAX Alliance - REMAX - Virginia Beach, VA
ABR - Virginia Beach Real Estate

Hello again Sam,  I have had great results w/ Postlets.  The basic CL photos show so bad that I will not post w/o an enhanced system like Postlets.  Rental owners and sellers seem to like it too.  -Mark 

Dec 11, 2008 08:25 AM #37
Rainer
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Danny Gerald
Carpenter Realtors - Greenfield, IN

I have used craigslists for all kinds of items, but I have never had any luck with real estate. I will not spend any more money on craigslist, because I haven't ever gotten a response from one yet.

Jan 18, 2009 09:21 AM #38
Rainmaker
173,166
Mark A. Moore
RE/MAX Alliance - REMAX - Virginia Beach, VA
ABR - Virginia Beach Real Estate

How does one spend money on CraigsList?

Jan 18, 2009 09:46 AM #39
Rainer
54,699
Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

I have picked up investors buyers and sellers directly from Craigslist.  One investor had 50+ closes in a 2 year period. 

As mentioned above Postlets links to other sites, is easy, and free. 

Craigslist works great for rentals.  I'll attract renters for my investors and pass it on to my investor.  I get nothing out it, but the unit is now making money, freeing up capital for the investor to purchase another property. 

I can't say an actual listing has been sold via Craigslist, but they go out there.  I have recieved offers from Nigeria, Dubia, and other countries from the Minister of Finance trying to make purchases and will buy all Real Estate but can only wire the money to my personal account.  So you have to filter through the crap. 

I wish less Realtors would not use Craigslist, then I get all the business!  It really is a free, powerful, online media outlet.  Much like anything, it is not guareenteed, but free. 

Jan 18, 2009 10:58 AM #40
Rainmaker
187,943
Johnathan Mullaney
Village Land Shoppe - Flagstaff, AZ
Broker, Flagstaff Real Estate

I have never gotten a call about a craigslist home for sale. I quit doing it, but have been meaning to try it again.

Jan 18, 2009 11:17 AM #41
Rainmaker
384,453
Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

I post a different listing everyday. But the quality of leads from CL has been somewhat low. But since it is free, I use it as much as possible.

Jan 18, 2009 04:40 PM #42
Rainer
14,418
Terri Hayley
Plantation and Coventry Homes - Dallas, TX

We have had good responses from Craig's List on listings and rentals. However, be forewarned. On one of our rentals, someone "hijacked" our ad, put different pictures in it and were trying to rent it out for $550 less than it was actually renting for. I can't tell you how many calls we got on that one. Someone got a yahoo address and said they were me and were in Africa and needed them to wire the money to them there. It was all a big scam, but we got several calls at the broker's office asking what was going on and I had to deal w/phone calls for several weeks (while hubby was in the hospital) about this. We told CL what was going on and they yanked all the ads. Yahoo said they were taking appropriate measures and we had to get the FBI involved since it involved wire fraud and all this other business. Other than that, we've had really good responses with it. The broker nor anyone else in our office had ever heard of this type of thing going on.

Jan 18, 2009 05:20 PM #43
Rainmaker
1,085,219
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

"Hijacking is common".....watermarking photos is the answer.  I post 3 to 5 rental listings DAILY early in the AM 7 days a week using the FREE postlet (www.postlet.com) HTML with link to my website IN the ad description. 

This procedure DRIVES prospects to my website which has more photos, floor plans, area maps, applications, etc.

 I no longer advertise in local print media as their on-line issue was poorly designed AND maintained....now I SAVE $$$ and actually get property/client prospects from my CL listings...using postlets puts listings in about 8 other sites - loads of exposure

Jan 18, 2009 07:13 PM #44
Rainer
178,976
Billie Hillier
Hillier Real Estate - North Las Vegas, NV
Savvy Home Realty Solutions

Postlets is one of the best ways to post to CL AND Postlets syndicates your listings to other real estate web sites.

May 20, 2009 12:33 PM #45
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