What's Wrong with Craigslist!

Services for Real Estate Pros with Pacific Servicing

Craigslist in my opinion has become the home of Desperate Agents and Shady Middle Men who basically post properties they have no business posting. Try going on Craigslist and searching for bank owned homes. You will either find ridiculous ads stating

"90% OFF OF MARKET VALUE" "Click Here" - These will come up in groups of 10 - 20 at a time, obviously one shady company with 10 - 20 different email accounts (so they wont get marked duplicate ads) and they always take you to a site costing $30-40 a month just to look at their inventory

 "Great Bank Owned Home, Please no agents contact" - This means its most likely a buyers agent posting homes they have no right to post. They never give an address, and always want you to prove your life story before giving you any info.

Or check out this posting " http://sandiego.craigslist.org/rfs/415391796.html "  - Has absolutely no business being on craigslist!!!

My point is craigslist is no longer a good source for finding quality properties, or for quality advertising, or maybe it never was to begin with! But all I know is 3 years ago I could post a property for Sale that one of my agents in my office had and get quality responses, now I post a true undermarket property and it gets FLAGGED because other buyers and sellers agents and middle people dont want legit ads, because it takes away from the b.s. they post everyday.

Does anyone else notice these problems??? You post a quality ad and in 5 minutes its buried under 10 ads for 90% off market value b.s. ads on page 3?? Craigslist needs to come up with a system where they verify the person posting the property is either the seller or the sellers agent! Let me know problems youve had! And sites that work for posting legit properties and getting legit responses.

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Ryan Case - Partner

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Comments (9)

Brenda & David Wakeman
Russell Realty - Strongsville, OH
I know what you are saying.  It has become a place that everyone wants to post on whether it belongs there or not.  It's almost impossible to find a real ad about a real property anymore.
Sep 06, 2007 04:27 AM
Linda Futral
Newnan, GA
I have posted a few things here in GA on Craigslist but not gotten any responses from it.  In my honest opinion it is like the bar scene and Craigslist is the current meat market.
Sep 06, 2007 04:39 AM
Ryan Case
Pacific Servicing - Temecula, CA

Yeah Its ridiculous.. My credible ad I posted at 9:00Am PST is now on page 5 right below a fake ad for "motivated sellers wanted, click here" Im so sick and tired of it! I know its against the law to post ads homes you dont have the right to sell, but for some reason craigslist allows it. I wonder if anyone has any lawsuits against them

Sep 06, 2007 04:47 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

I agree, within just a few minutes my ad (an ad I literally placed three minutes ago) is towards the bottom of the page. I guess it's popularity has been exploited by quite a few unethical people. There's got to be something done about the abuse (I usually flag it off as spam and get them removed).

Sep 06, 2007 05:15 AM
Jennifer Monroe
Compass - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTORĀ®/Broker/Designer
This isn't really a problem here. I still get a LOT of hits from my CL ads. House hunters then click over to my website 10-30 times per day, plus I get a lot of calls on the listings I post there.
Sep 06, 2007 05:29 AM
West Hartford CT Real Estate Agent | West Hartford Realtor | www.CTMike.com
ERA Broder Group - West Hartford, CT
I just repost if that happens. CList still works for me. CList is like individual markets. I flag all that spam junk and miscatgeorized postings so that it stays clean and crispy!
Sep 06, 2007 06:22 AM
Mary Smartt
Lawton Associates / www.LawtonAssociates.com - Berkeley, CA
Smartt Moves with Mary Smartt
Craigslist really varies from market to market.  Here in the Bay Area, where CL started, it is a powerful tool.  We list properties for sale or rental, and sometimes the phone starts ringing within seconds...and I'm not exaggerating.  Some cities are stronger than others, and as people discover it, it will get stronger.  I know it is also very strong in NYC and Portland.  CL is free and easy, so I wouldn't sweat it too much.  And, posting on Craigslaist can also help your overall web presence and rankings on Google, etc, if you include good links. 
Sep 06, 2007 06:32 AM
waey wyqw
wyq34y - Dell, MT

With the popularity of the Internet and Craigslist exploding. More "shady" characters have flocked to these sites to hock their goods and scam the unknowing.

There is still real value on Craigslist, but it isn't "easy" to standout anymore. 

Sep 09, 2007 12:03 AM
let me reply to ALL of you

You specialize in selling homes and creating relationships with BOTH buyers and sellers. You DO NOT specialize in marketing - online or offline, sorry to be so blunt - that's just the reality of it. I won't EVER try to tell you how to conduct your daily business, but I will definitely show you how to close MORE loans.

If you think you know traditional marketing/craigslist/internet marketing... I beg to differ. There's a reason your ads don't work. Call me and let's talk. I will make it crystal clear WHY your ads don't and won't work. Look forward to speaking with you.



Oct 13, 2008 03:44 PM