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Rainmaker
709,364
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Hi Peter.... Craigslist is where the real estate weirdos, deviates, scammers and the criminal element hang out... if you want to those types of clients - then that would be a good place to prospect.

Mar 29, 2017 07:44 AM
Ambassador
3,986,660
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I haven't used it in a couple of years. The scammers made it a nightmare to keep track and vet the calls.

Mar 29, 2017 07:17 AM
Ambassador
4,540,411
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't use it for listings but others do. There are lots of problems with scams. It seems to work well, despite these, for rentals, and selling stuff

Mar 29, 2017 07:06 AM
Rainmaker
3,315,838
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

There are so many scams that i have faced from CL. Both buyers offering to send $100,000 extra and split it with me to scammer cloning my listing and placing it for rent at half price attracting countless victims 

Mar 29, 2017 06:53 AM
Ambassador
5,324,720
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Between the scammers and the ghosting, it is a tough place to market listings.  But it is the main game in town for rentals so we deal with it.

Mar 29, 2017 12:59 PM
Rainmaker
1,711,437
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I say yes it's dead.  I've recently noticed that nothing is coming from there where before there was alot of action.  I have a few different things that track where stuff comes from & CL is a big zero.

Mar 29, 2017 10:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,982,400
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

It used to be a great place to get leads - remember the good old days? I am starting to post listings there just as part of my marketing - getting the word out - it is in fact pretty low hanging fruit and if it generates a lead once in a while.... well it didn't cost anything to get it.  Obviously not a strong pillar of lead gen though.

Mar 29, 2017 08:11 AM
Rainer
388,329
Kate Akerly
Kaminsky Group - Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Residential Sales

We stopped using it completely a couple of years ago.  The constant re-posting to stay at the top, the scams, and poor interface made it not worth the trouble.

Mar 29, 2017 08:09 AM
Ambassador
3,247,717
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Spam heaven - we stay away from craigs list.  So much weird stuff going on there and it has caused us a few headaches from time to time.

Mar 29, 2017 12:57 PM
Rainmaker
4,015,210
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I haven't been on Craig's List in more years than I can count. Too many hijacked listings... minimal response from good buyers.... too many scammers. My business was fine before CL and it's been fine since CL without CL.

Mar 29, 2017 08:57 AM
Rainmaker
543,474
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We post all our listings on Craigslist - and repost them as often as they are available for this. We do get leads and can track sales because of this website.

Mar 29, 2017 08:55 AM
Ambassador
2,559,590
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 I used it years ago, to post listings.   Not lately. 

Mar 29, 2017 07:37 AM
Rainmaker
808,797
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We use it for every listing and sellers expect to find their home marketed on craigslist.  It does have issues with scams, but we've only personally had problems a couple of times.  We do get calls and emails on our listings from craigslist.  However, we used to get tons of leads when we could link back to our website with the listing but craigslist changed so many rules about websites and links that its not a good source of lead generation anymore.  But we do still get some inquiries. -Kasey

Mar 29, 2017 07:23 AM
Rainmaker
6,497,359
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never used it.

Mar 29, 2017 07:15 AM
Rainmaker
814,432
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

This is how young people are finding living situations. 

Mar 29, 2017 07:11 AM
Rainmaker
5,485,554
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Peter,

In our area, it has had problems with posting scams.  They do try and remove them, but we would not recommend it.  Each area differs.  A

Mar 29, 2017 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,708,079
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Craigslist has had many problems regarding real estate ads.  I had great success with rental listings.

Mar 29, 2017 07:02 AM
Rainmaker
4,121,907
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not a big source. That said, however, a potential good source for renters!

Mar 29, 2017 06:53 AM
Ambassador
4,312,753
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Peter Mohylsky A couple of times, my listing was 'hijacked' for rental and few poor people sent money to Nigeria.

Since then I stopped posting on Craigslist.

Mar 29, 2017 09:07 PM
Rainmaker
758,126
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I can attribute a couple of closings to Craigslist however, I stopped using it when the leads had behaviors & real estate goals consistently outside of my comfort zone...  

Mar 29, 2017 02:01 PM
Rainmaker
864,258
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Craigslist is on its death bed for listing and buyers. FB is the new online interaction.

Mar 29, 2017 10:36 AM
Rainmaker
532,521
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Not a fan of Craigslist

Mar 29, 2017 10:35 AM
Rainmaker
1,632,642
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I use CL announcing Open House Events

Mar 29, 2017 10:13 AM
Rainmaker
142,696
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

I have used it a couple of times, but have not had much success in generating any serious leads. 

Mar 29, 2017 09:56 AM
Ambassador
949,417
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

In the past when we posted our listing all that seem to happen was scammers contact. I have not used in about two years. 

Mar 29, 2017 09:46 AM
Ambassador
3,029,453
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It has been dead to me for years.  Too many dead beats and scammers on that site ... not the waters I want to be swimming in. 

Mar 29, 2017 09:39 AM
Rainmaker
206,620
Chuck Mixon
The Keyes Company - Cutler Bay, FL
Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR

Dead for the professionals , but not dead for the squatters! 

Mar 29, 2017 08:34 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,077
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've never used it....

Mar 29, 2017 08:30 AM
Rainmaker
2,630,488
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

the list has its purposes but for Real Estate I question

Mar 29, 2017 07:27 AM
Rainmaker
878,171
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I have found it a good source.

However, NOT for marketing listings (yes for investor grade real estate)

Is is SUPERIOR for list building and offering SERVICES that do not read as 'BUYING?/SELLING?

HOWEVER, make certain to construct a digital barrier between your Craigslist activity and your real life presence.

 

Mar 29, 2017 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
3,964,422
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have never use d  it; however, many do.

Mar 29, 2017 06:59 AM
Rainmaker
842,840
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Lots of time wasters and scam artists on craigslist. I think there are better places to advertise.

Mar 30, 2017 09:52 AM
Rainmaker
675,450
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

There was a period years ago when there were a lot of scams on there- they were mostly rental scams. They'd take a beautiful listing & turn it into a cheap rental ad. That seems to have gone away for awhile now. I do get legit buyer calls from CL & continue to consistently use it to market to the CT & NY markets. 

Mar 30, 2017 07:03 AM
Ambassador
1,616,354
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

good for rental listings

Mar 30, 2017 06:47 AM
Rainmaker
913,623
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I avoid CL at all costs - nothing but scammers there IMO

Mar 30, 2017 06:30 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We do not.

Mar 30, 2017 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I post to it, but get mostly clueless responses from it.

Mar 30, 2017 05:33 AM
Rainmaker
725,660
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Its only dead if your not doing it right.

Mar 30, 2017 02:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,511,879
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I use it only for rental properties and not high end. People go there to find deals. 

Mar 29, 2017 10:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,205,688
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I have not used it in years (2006); way too much fraud.

Mar 29, 2017 09:07 PM
Ambassador
4,171,819
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

One of the systems that I use to post listings syndicates to Craigslist. I have yet to get anything from Craigslist but, since it takes no effort for me to put it there, my listings are always posted on Craigslist.

Mar 29, 2017 08:59 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,831
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

To dangerous listing anything there

Mar 29, 2017 05:23 PM
Ambassador
3,704,807
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It's surely not what it used to be and I have found that there are more scam artist prowling the site

Mar 29, 2017 02:05 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Many people continue to use Craigslist to help them reach their goals and objectives.

Mar 29, 2017 01:10 PM
Rainmaker
183,405
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Tried it for about a year once. Got no business from it.

Mar 29, 2017 11:36 AM
Rainmaker
2,018,830
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It's lost it's luster !

Mar 29, 2017 11:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,453,627
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Peter Mohylsky I haven't used it in quite a while.

Mar 29, 2017 09:56 AM
Rainmaker
1,145,170
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I would aggree with you AR is not the place to generate sales.  A virtual flipper came over spoke at Saratoga club. The virtual investor makes 300-800 offers a month with often homes bought/sold from Craigslist.  He generates 32.5K, 17.5K net profit each time often in hours or a day or so. W/O meeting anyone or being there.

 

Mar 29, 2017 07:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,044,289
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I have used it with very very limited success there are just too many real estate posts that are BOGUS on their that many people simply do not trust it at all.

Mar 11, 2018 12:35 PM
Rainmaker
3,941,604
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I know of some agents that are big fans but I have not been a fan.

 

Apr 01, 2017 08:43 AM
Rainmaker
598,609
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I just tried selling a car on Craigslist. I got several spam emails and three phone calls from call centers. Worthless.

Mar 31, 2017 07:22 PM
Rainer
258,899
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

It's a risky place now days.  I won't do it.

Mar 31, 2017 01:37 PM
Rainmaker
4,846,071
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I usually stay away from Craigslist with so much spamming.  

Mar 31, 2017 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
872,241
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Peter - I have not used CL in a long time for listings. I think it just got over saturated, and became a hot spot for scammers.

Mar 30, 2017 08:57 PM