How to list your homes online for free

By
Services for Real Estate Pros
Looking for ways to drive traffic to your listings? Try posting in one (if not all) of the free listing services available online.

The leader of the pack is Craigslist. It may not be pretty but it has a large amount of traffic. I have seen great results through our posts on Craigslist and high conversion rates. It even rivals some of our pay-per-click campaigns. And the best part is - it’s FREE. All it takes is a small investment of time and some creative titles to capture the browsers attention. This is a great place to post those new listings and price reductions.

Also, be sure to place links to your website on your post. Your goal on is to drive them to your website (which is pretty) and ultimately have them contact you by phone or through a contact form so you can track the referral source.

Another great service which is FREE (for now) is Postlets which allows you to create a slick looking flyer online and post to multiple free classified sites automatically. The sites it sends your listing to are:

Backpage.com
Edgeio.com
Google Base
HotPads.com
LiveDeal.com
Oodle.com
Propsmart.com
Vast.com
Trulia.com

If you already advertise with Newhomesource.com, Move.com or Realtor.com you may see your inventory already pushed over to these sites. For example, Newhomesource.com will send its listings to Oodle.com. Check to see if you are already listed - no need to duplicate your work.

Whatever you do, take advantage of these free listing services and continually look for new opportunities. There are plenty of people looking online, make sure they can find your homes.

More tips at www.DoYouConvert.com 

Comments (27)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I was aware of some of these sites - but appreciate the information on the other sites and how they are being used .  It is great that there are so many free resources to take advantage of.  Thanks for the information.

Jun 10, 2007 04:13 AM
Anonymous
Aleta Gerard
Not free, but very inexpensive.  Promotions are run from time to time on www.RealEstateAndVacations.com This website was created to advertise properties For Sale, Rent, Vacation Rental, & Timeshare.  Agents, FSBO's, Property Managers or anyone with real estate can post unlimited listings to the database for an annual rate of $24.95.  Currently you can get a free Featured listing upgrade for being the first in your area to post your property. Any property qualifies if posted before June 25.
Jun 10, 2007 05:11 AM
#9
Anonymous
Meg Burns
I think Craigs List is a great place to post listings. I browse that site about once a month because you do not have to go through multiple pages to see photos of the listing. I love Trulia because you can do a map search and outline where you want to look for listings. Thanks Mike!
Jun 10, 2007 05:17 AM
#10
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Thank you Mike for shaing this with every one

 

Jun 17, 2007 06:20 AM
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
Mike, did you leave out Zillow?  I've posted listings on there for free. 
Jun 22, 2007 07:38 AM
Mike Lyon
Edmond, OK
Jeff - Zillow has emerged as a great source for listing homes...thanks.
Jun 27, 2007 07:34 AM
Misty Lackie
Go Smart Solutions, LLC - San Luis Obispo, CA
Real Estate Advertising
Also look at http://www.classifiedflyerads.com for creating stunning Real Estate Flyers that are syndicated to all those directories and many more.
Jun 27, 2007 04:15 PM
Jared Hokanson
Hokanson Realty & Jared Realty Group - Medford, OR
Your Home Sold, GUARANTEED!*

Mike,

Thanks for sharing.  I've bookmarked it!

Jun 27, 2007 05:32 PM
Frank Harris
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Columbia, MD
Thank for the input, postlet is a nice springboard for posting to other sites, I guess thats why they call it postlets. Good resource.
Jul 04, 2007 04:45 AM
Chuck Dellorto
Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS - Highland, IN
"Talk To Chuck"
Thanks, this will add to my list. The more the better. Thanks again.
Jul 05, 2007 07:05 PM
Karen Ann Martin Realtor Safe Harbor Realty
Safe Harbor Realty - Westport, MA
Realtor Fall River & Westport MA Real Estate Agent
 thanks for sharing, I just found another Free site,    topix.net
Jul 05, 2007 11:12 PM
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes
This is a list I can use... had bookmarked a few of them- thanks for putting in the extra research.
Sep 04, 2007 08:24 AM
Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest
I have found there is a very small ROI on most sites.  Craigslist is good for branding but that is it.  Serious buyers are on the streets and most have a realtor.
Sep 04, 2007 08:30 AM
Mike Lyon
Edmond, OK

Adam - How do you determine ROI on Free? There is the value of your time when you list the details - but besides that, the return would be infinite. And serious buyers - in fact over 80+ percent - are using internet sources to research new homes. 

 

Sep 04, 2007 08:42 AM
Tracy Snow
Dan Ryan Builders - Falling Waters, WV
Thanks or all the sites!!
Nov 07, 2007 07:27 AM
Lu Doan
AgentShield.com - Naples, FL
Has anyone seen actual results (leads or sales) from listing sites?  If yes, which websites/services have you found to be effective?  I'm interested to see which ones I should focus my efforts on? 
Apr 30, 2008 03:10 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Mike 

The information is very helpful to builders and Realtors who work with builders.

The web is an excellence source of low cost marketing. 

Thanks you for sharing your information.

Lou

Jul 06, 2008 02:36 PM
Mike Davis
Keller Williams Realty, Augusta Partners - Evans, GA
Realtor, Selling Buying Homes Fort Gordon, Hephzibah, Augusta, Evans

Mike I have followed you over the last several weeks and have done all you have advised, I am on the websites that you have suggested and take pride in reading your blogs

Many Blessings

Mike

Oct 03, 2008 02:16 PM
John March
Charisma Media Group, LLC - Bluffton, SC
"Engage, connect, prosper" (Matt 6:33)

Mike, thanks for a very useful post--I've used Craigs list and some of the others before. I bookmarked it.

All the best

John March

Oct 04, 2008 12:20 PM
Sonja Adams
Keller Williams Realty - Purcellville, VA

Thanks for sharing...some of these are sites I have never heard of but need to add to my list of sites to use

Oct 04, 2008 02:47 PM