Most Successful Craigslist Techniques

Real Estate Agent with RealtyPlug

I've had some pretty good luck advertising my real estate brokerage in Craigslist, and I'm curious how many other Realtors out there use it to market their listings, services, and pick up buyer leads.


Are you interested in a series on Craigslist marketing techniques?


Do you, or have you, marketed on Craigslist with any success?  If not, what's your opinion of Craigslist?


I'm interested in hearing from everyone on this topic!






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Bryan Bowles
Founder of RealtyPlug

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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Bryan, I have and do use CL. And I would like to see more information on how others are using it to drive leads. 



Nov 25, 2011 05:07 AM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Country Living with City Convenience -Wilson Co TX

I have not had success with RE on craigslist.  Have with personal autos but not RE.  We do the VFlyer so that may be be the reason.

Nov 25, 2011 05:13 AM
Stephanie Greenberg
Lion Real Estate - Fresno, CA
Fresno Homes For Sale

I market listings and my services.  Would love more information on how others are being succesfull.

Nov 25, 2011 05:14 AM
Donald Reich
Madison Specs - New Rochelle, NY
Cost Segregation Specialist

 I have not made many sales directly from Craigslist, but, it's a free service, so you can't knock it! One sale justifies the time spent on it.

But more importantly, Craigslist drives a lot of traffice to my website. They are great for backlinking, so it has a very positive overall SEO effect.

Nov 25, 2011 05:28 AM
P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy
Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley - Gilroy, CA
San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well!


Thanks for sharing this and I will have to bookmark and check it out later, always ready for new ways to attack CL!

All the Best!

Nov 25, 2011 05:40 AM
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

I have put some listings on it in the past but as far as I know I haven't had any response other than some automated gizmo trying to sell me something they were selling.

Nov 25, 2011 06:12 AM
Ken Brandon
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC) - Jacksonville, NC
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

I have just started using Craigslist. For specific property ads I have had no issues...but for other lead generating posts it is always hit or miss. A lot of them are ghosted and I have no idea why. Some work and some don't. I figure through trial and error I will get 50 ads or so that work and will post them on a rotational basis.

Nov 25, 2011 06:23 AM
Kathy Torline
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049

I use Craigslist to market rentals, works wonderful for finding new renters and have even converted some to potential home buyers.

Nov 29, 2011 12:13 AM
The Elise Bickel Team
ReMax Select Realty - Pittsburgh, PA
Leasing, Property Management and Sales

I'll tell you that Craigslist is kind of like Open Houses...sometimes you do it because your homeowners want it not because it really works. I have received leads but not too many. Craigslist is so filled with fraud that less and less renters and buyers are using it.


Jan 09, 2012 11:16 AM

i have used CL a lot in the past 4 months, so far I have made about $10,000 comm. out of it, thats is to say 2 home sale. My take is that you need to the following:

1)Put price, street and a tease right on the headline

2) Use plenty of pictures

3) Offer mortgage plans

4) Never say a lie or put homes that have sold, no point- bad rep.

5) Always put your office number- its easier for people to make a call to front desk gal rather then to agent, plus you also get their contact details for records.

6) Put your web address with link to the virtual tour or the home on your web site.

7) Always pre qualify over the phone-there is a lot trash that gets washed up on your ads

8) Follow up follow up- set an appointment meet, close deal.


Hope its helps.



Oct 14, 2012 12:43 PM