How to generate more showing requests from Craigslist

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

Agents in OUR area need to be ANNOUNCING Open Houses in our local Craigslist - some do and MANY do not.  Posting on a REGULAR basis is also a good idea.....I post on the weekends which FEW property managers think to do.

Original content by Dan Miller

Craigslist has a huge audience, even for real estate. Virtually every other real estate web site has much better search features. Nonetheless craigslist users are very loyal, and they are using the craigslist real estate section by the droves every day.

We post our listings to craigslist twice a week. We keep our listings simple, while offering viewers a carrot to click further for a better and closer look at our homes.

We've learned through experimentation the best carrot is the full-motion video tour. For all of our listings we include a link to a video posted on our Madison real estate channel on YouTube. The results have been very positive.

For example, note the number of YouTube views for some of our recent listings in the screen shot below. Much of the video traffic for these properties comes directly from craigslist.

For more marketing ideas, visit our web site I'll be sharing many more ideas in the coming weeks and months.

Shawn Kriewaldt and Dan Miller, Keller Williams Realty and


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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Our owner posts our listing to Craigs once a month.  We all know when she does it because the phone starts to ring on a Sunday and continues until about mid week


Oct 09, 2011 12:28 AM #1
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

I noted this earlier and it is a post certainly worth reblogging....

Oct 09, 2011 12:29 AM #2
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Craig's list ins my main source if buyers in our house flipping business for the last 7 years.

Oct 09, 2011 01:07 AM #3
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Wow never thought about the Open House deal so that is a good thing. Thanks for the post.

Oct 09, 2011 01:11 AM #4
James Loftis - West Palm Beach, FL

very informative blog, I use Craigslist with all my listing.

Oct 09, 2011 02:58 AM #5
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Hi Wallace! Great blog post! I find that videos in CL works well too!

Oct 09, 2011 04:02 AM #6
Mark Fields
Keller Williams Professionals - Asheville, NC
Asheville Real Estate - Specializing in Luxury Homes

I've recently started posting all of our listings quite often and link to a Market Leader website where they can find better search features and all of my properties.  Things seem to be going well.  Do you use photos on the posts? 

Oct 27, 2011 05:27 AM #7
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