Would You Ever Market a Home on CraigsList? Some Brokers Use Free Classifieds, But Should They?

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So, CraigsList. I don’t know if I would ever buy a house off of the free classified site. Maybe rent one, yes, but buy? I don’t know. Between all they “Se Vende Casa” posts and “OWNER FINANCED!@!@!” listings, I just don’t see it as a credible source.

Still, people use it. I mean, it’s free, so I can see the attraction. But does putting listings on the site hurt your credibility? Would you ever try to market a property on the site?

I guess I’m just curious, especially in this hot market and hip-pocket age, how people are getting the word out on properties without putting them on MLS. Do you know of anyone that has legitimately sold a property using CraigsList?

Here are a couple of interesting CraigsList posts just to whet your curiosity:

CHEAP HOUSE

Nothing against the marketing genius behind this listing, but I am pretty sure that this home is going to need more than just “cosmetic updating” as the post claims. Also, I love the way they’re showing off the sizable front yard by using it as a parking lot. Bonus points for being honest in the post’s title. At $37,500, it certainly is a “cheap house.”

 

Greenville Craigslist post

 

There’s nothing I dislike more than the strange use of punctuation in CraigsList titles. I have no idea why they do things like this, which will obviously offend most people’s sensibilities. This is a cute little house and all, but I am wary of anything “owner financed.”

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. mmCandy Evans says

    We need a post on owner financing. It's coming back, especially for the self-employed. My son-in-law saws that with a lawyer drafting the paperwork, it's no big deal!

  2. mmCandy Evans says

    When we bought our second home, 4307 Melissa, it was a stretch and the owners gave us a second lien. Most wonderful people ever. They were being friendly and they wanted us to be in their beloved home. We lived there 5 or 6 years and loved it!

  3. mmCandy Evans says

    We need a post on owner financing. It's coming back, especially for the self-employed. My son-in-law saws that with a lawyer drafting the paperwork, it's no big deal!

  4. mmCandy Evans says

    When we bought our second home, 4307 Melissa, it was a stretch and the owners gave us a second lien. Most wonderful people ever. They were being friendly and they wanted us to be in their beloved home. We lived there 5 or 6 years and loved it!

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