Realtor Rules on Craigslist?

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Real Estate Agent with Reece & Nichols

As a newbie to the world of marketing with CL, I want to make sure I'm doing it right?!  When I signed up and browsed through all the rules and restrictions, I didn't really notice anything specific to Realtor rules, regulations and/or restrictions.  However, after talking with anther agent in my office, she said that she had signed up for the "Realtor Membership" which allowed her to post a certain number of listings?  Has anyone else heard or know anything about this?  The only thing that I came across was that you could not repost a listing for 48 hours. 

I also read a comment on Max's post, My Craigslist Experience with Listings from Michael regarding customers with active subscriptions..  Michael, if you're out there, could you please expand?!  Apparently, I need step by step instructions to walk me through the process....  lol.

Thanks for all your help!

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Rainer
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Karisma Olson
Reece & Nichols - Kansas City, MO

That's all I've seen too.    I'll have to check back with the agent that told me about her membership and see what she was talking about?!  If she even knows....

I posted a second listing with them at 1:30 today- this builder/seller is going to do a buy down on the interest to qualified buyers on an accepted contract to 4.5% for the first year and 5.5% for the second, then whatever the going rate is for the 3-30th years.....  Pretty sweet incentive!!  We've already had 25 hits on CL between then and now- 7 HOURS!! 

Mar 13, 2008 01:35 PM #4
Rainer
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Ken Montville
RE/MAX United Real Estate - College Park, MD
The MD Suburbs of DC

Maybe the plural is on the wrong word.  It should be Realtors Rule!  Not Realtor Rules.

At least that's what it should be! 

Mar 13, 2008 01:48 PM #5
Rainer
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S J
Pittsburgh, PA
You might want to look at CL posting software, and have Internet Explorer 6.0 (not the latest version)
Mar 14, 2008 06:01 AM #6
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Karisma Olson
Reece & Nichols - Kansas City, MO

Thanks for the advice, I will have to check it out!

In the meantime, I just got done signing up for Postlets- check it out if you get the chance!

Mar 15, 2008 04:08 PM #7
Rainer
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Marlene Scheffer
Realty Station - Bremerton, WA
Realtor to Kitsap County, WA
Karisma, be careful about posting interest rates and the like.  Make sure you are following Federal Truth in Lending and Reg Z rules.  And good luck!
Mar 24, 2008 07:43 PM #8
Rainer
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Ben Nunes ~ Photography & Virtual Tours
New Tour Era, Inc - Atlanta, GA
At first I thought there was a rule on outside linking (to your virtual tour) but that is not the case. After reading the craigslist rules and such, I found that it was totally ok to link to your VT even through postlets (after having to do some HTML editing). I haven't heard/seen any Real Estate Agent rules, so I'm curious also...
Mar 25, 2008 04:22 AM #9
Rainer
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Denise Shockey
RE/MAX Aerospace Realty - Cocoa Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate
I have been using Craigslist for about six months using Postlets.  I have never seen any special Realtor rules or registration.
Mar 25, 2008 07:49 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Jason LaVanture
www.BlueLaVaMedia.com - Traverse City, MI

Yes me too.  I use postlets for everything but very soon Real Tour Vision Virtual Tours

will be sent to several sites automatically. Virtual Tour Syndication is the next big thing.  How many eyes can get on my tours?  What is my reach? My exposure level.

 

Jason 

Mar 25, 2008 10:16 AM #11
Rainer
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Karisma Olson
Reece & Nichols - Kansas City, MO

Thank you all for leaving such great comments and helpful hints!  Postlets seems to have a common thread that I'm going to have to get into the practice of using on a regular basis! 

Jason- are you leaking any privagled information there for all of us RTV providers possibly?!  I'd love to hear more about this Virtual Tour Syndication!

Mar 25, 2008 10:27 AM #12
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Ben Myers
The Broker Ben Group at Realty Idaho - Meridian, ID
CEO/Designated Broker

It would lead us to believe that there are not any rules for Real Estate Agents I suppose.  I will check back periodically to see if anything gets updated.  Great topic though.

Apr 11, 2008 05:14 AM #13
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Kathy Dove
David Dove Photography - Cincinnati, OH
I don't know the answer to your question, Karisma, but I would like to comment that I think it is worth pursuing the answer.  We have had tremendous success with getting business from Craigslist.  Every time I update my listings, I get contacted by potential clients.  It is incredible. 
Apr 11, 2008 12:01 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Karisma -  I have never seen anything on Craigslist about a Realtor Membership.  I have been using it for a couple of years now and have done thousands of ads.

Of course you have to follow the rules that you would advertising anywhere else.  Every state is different. ONe of my pet peves on craigslist is Realtors that do not disclose they are agents on their ads.

Apr 12, 2008 03:03 PM #15
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Brett Weaver
SpotLight Virtual Tours - Florence, AL
Owner/Photographer
I just created my first postlet and I added it to Craigslist as well.  I also did not read anything about a Realtor Membership.  Please keep us updated.  Good question!
Apr 12, 2008 03:21 PM #16
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Scott Finley
Re/Max of KC - Kansas City, MO

Karisma,

It seems to me you are doing it just fine! Keep up the good work!

Scott

Apr 13, 2008 07:58 AM #17
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Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team
This is a good question.  But I think if you use sites like postlets.com you will be right on the money on doing it right.
Apr 14, 2008 10:13 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Glenn Sanford
eXp Realty & Working The Magic, LLC - Bellingham, WA

Craigslist doesn't have rules beyond asking for complaince with Anti-discrimatory policy.  However most MLS's and NAR now have rules in place about advertising listings.  The biggets violations are when advertising properties which aren't your listings without permission.

Jun 24, 2008 05:19 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Karisma:  Is there any new information on this topic?  I posted for the first time on CL this past week.  I have always been aware of it but never crossed my mind of you using it for avenue for FREE marketing until I read a post on AR.

 

Jun 24, 2008 06:59 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

I have noticed them starting to segment the property for sales as either Broker or Owner.  So who knows what's in store next.

Nov 04, 2008 04:57 PM #21
Rainer
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

I post to Craigs List from Point2 and Postlets.  Each syndicates my listings and they go to Craigs List.  I have read in other posts that it's a good idea to make changes in your Craigs List posting in order to keep it up front.  I haven't done this but am planning on doing it to see how my listing is dealt with in this site.

Nov 04, 2008 10:38 PM #23
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Sandy Gleason
North Pointe Realty - Buhl, ID
Realtor for Southern Idaho-Magic Valley

I just started using Postlets, not sure about the rules but have been using CL for a few years

and have not gotten any notices.

Nov 06, 2008 02:50 AM #25
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