10 Free Tips When Posting on Craigslist

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Plano, Texas

 


Success with Craigslist really depends on several factors, so here are 10 Free Tips.

1. Be The One to Start the Hype. Is your area's Craigslist well known and widely used? If your area isn't often used --- yet ---be the one to use it most often.

2. Repetition, repetition, repetition. How often do you post your listings? 2-3 times a week is a good number, as long as you have 48 hours between postings.

3. Catchy headline --- be creative. Use humor. For example, if you're posting a fixer --- you can headline it by saying "What a dump!" or "You can own this dump!"  (Another tip:  Make sure the homeowner is ok with this clever marketing idea prior to posting it on Craigslist! Could be a counterproductive move if the listing is pulled due to a seller’s lack of humor.)
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4. Use VFlyer.com and Postlets.com to create your flyers with multiple pictures. After taking the time to create the flyer once, when posting on Craigslist later, it's simply copy/pasting the html.

5. Pictures, pictures, pictures! Post the maximum allowed. When using Postlets, you can post up to 6 pictures, free. With Vflyer it may be 24. Just like posting on MLS --- your primary photo should be the knock out punch.  Provide as many pictures possible.

6. Recreate old postings --- Craigslist makes re-posting a breeze. You can log on to your account, edit/change/delete. You can also copy paste using old postings if you're not inclined to log on to Postlets/Vflyer again

7.  Specify the City when posting real estate for sale. If you don't, it will get lost in a sea of postings.

8. Put in KEY words or the buzz words of the moment. For example, "Not an REO!" or "Not a Short Sale!" --- people using keywords to find such listings will find yours, too.

9. Email your database & Use Facebook. If you have listings, email the posting to your clients and prospects. Post the link on your Facebook wall. Facebook

10. Post your open houses. Invite your prospects to come see you during your open house by providing a link to your Craigslist posts. It’s another way to market your listing for free and reach out to more than one source.  (Sidenote: Please be careful in open houses when posting on social media)

Cragislist can be a powerhouse source.  Use it.  I hope these 10 free tips come of use to you when posting on Craigslist.  

 

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Hi Michelle, How many leads do you usually generate from posting every 48 hours.
Jul 11, 2011 03:06 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

Michele, I put this on my to do list. I need to get busy working on this. Thanks for these tips.

Jul 11, 2011 03:06 AM #2
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Michele: I am struggling with my Craigs List presence. This is a great primer. Thanks

Jul 11, 2011 03:07 AM #3
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Michele Hanigan
Keller Williams Realty Plano, Texas - Dallas, TX
Realtor - Dallas & Plano Real Estate - (214)738-5555

Anne, it's really so easy.  I think the toughest part is just signing up!  It will be second nature before you know it!  Good luck to you.

Jul 11, 2011 03:10 AM #4
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Michele Hanigan
Keller Williams Realty Plano, Texas - Dallas, TX
Realtor - Dallas & Plano Real Estate - (214)738-5555

Terri, the "To Do List".  Oh don't I know about that.  Why is it it always gets longer and never shorter?

Jul 11, 2011 03:11 AM #5
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Its amazing the number of Real Estate agents that do not even use craigslist. This is a great post on tips for posting. Hope people would see it and start to use Craigslist.

 

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Jul 11, 2011 03:12 AM #6
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Michele Hanigan
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Realtor - Dallas & Plano Real Estate - (214)738-5555

Thank you Gabrielle. Btw, what is the green icon next to FB and Twitter?

Jul 11, 2011 04:14 AM #7
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Great tips Michelle.  May I add, one can also customize their Postlets Ads with an HTML editor, also one can use additional templates from others if they belong like Real Estate Shows, Point2 Agent.  Also, it appears that Craigslist (as does Backpage) now allows you to renew your posts after 30 days.

Jul 17, 2011 12:27 AM #8
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Nancy Pav
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA
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Great tips Michele.  I'm going to do this right away

Aug 27, 2011 02:49 AM #9
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Michele, I do have a question for you.  When you post on Craigslist, do you post as a Broker or as an owner?

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