Is Your Listing Posted As A Rental/Lease On Craigslist Without Your Permission?

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(Note: This is a duplicate post so I could include the groups that didn't fit on the first post)

This just happened to my sister and brother-in-law in Baton Rouge, LA and I thought it would be timely to share with you.

Their house has been on the market for about a year and the price happens to fall in that "in between" price range where houses just aren't selling very fast at all.  You know the range...not inexpensive enough to appeal to the bargain hunters and not expensive enough to appeal to the high-end house hunters.

Anyway, their real estate agent notified them yesterday that she had seen their house listed for lease, complete with pictures showing the house vacant, on Craig's List.  The agent then notified Craig's List and they removed the fraudulent post.  In speaking with the agent, I learned that the pictures used on the Craig's List post looked like they were taken with a phone...which brings to light two possibilities:  1) one of the buyer's agents took pictures during a showing or 2) one of the buyers themselves wasn't really a buyer and took pictures.

I post this only to make you aware that this happens and I hope it doesn't happen to you.  The rest of the story is posted on my blog at  Check it out and I hope you have found this helpful:)


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Comments (3)

Virginia (Ginger) Schott
Cabins & Canoes - Port Jervis, NY
Assoc. Broker, CBR, CHMS

Marc We actually had this happen to one of our clients.  The would be renters showed up to move in and the owners were at the house maintaing the yard.  Don't know if they ever caught the Craigs list poster.  I don't use Craigs list as often due to that issue.


Jun 22, 2011 08:22 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mark - I did a blog post about this a while back when one of our listings got placed on CraigsList as a rental -

I included all of the e-mail correspondence between the inquiring would-be tenant and the Nigerian scammer. Interesting to see how people get taken in.

Jun 22, 2011 08:39 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

I dislike CraigsList, thanks for letting us know.

Jun 23, 2011 12:08 AM