HTML tags are no longer allowed in Craigslist Real Estate postings

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Preferred SL# 3221750

HTML tags are no longer allowed in Craigslist Real Estate postings

Have you noticed that your beautifully designed templates like Postlets with their large maps and multiple large photos are no longer working on Craigslist?  I thought I was going crazy all week. 

It seems Craigslist changed its posting guidelines so that HTML tags are no longer allowed in the sales categories. These new rules just hit Florida a few days ago and appear slated for the rest of the nation soon. The Craigslist changes are having a dramatic effect on the real estate industry.

Craigslist’s new guidelines say: “Please note IMG, FONT, TABLE, DIV, and SPAN tags are no longer supported in the for sale categories. Please use CL image upload for images.”  Thanks for the warning!!

What does this mean for Realtors?

Whith HTML tags no longer allowed in Craigslist Real Estate postings, it means less attractive, less professional looking postings.

Craigslist apparently made this move in an effort to level the playing field for all sellers. However these changes are one big headache.  Having a professional landing page or Personal website to drive traffic to seems more important than ever.

For now, the ability to add full links to your Craigslist ads remains, so making sure you have a strong web presence where you can send viewers is critical. It’s important to note that Craigslist appears to be phasing out hyperlinks. But, as long as you include a full URL, links are still accepted under the new guidelines.

Give them a piece of your mind: Craigslist Phone: 800-664-0633, Email:

Joseph Schutz

EXIT Ryan Scott Realty

Ft Lauderdale, FL

Comments (4)

Jill Watts
Realty Pro, Inc. - Vancouver, WA
A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point!
Thank you for Craigslist phone number.
Nov 09, 2013 02:18 PM
Joseph Schutz
RE/MAX Preferred - Wilton Manors, FL
A Realtor with Experience You Can Trust!

I cannot think how these decisions are going to be good for their business.  It seems like they are just being nasty to their loyal posters.

Nov 09, 2013 08:39 PM
Newspapers were loyal to their advertisers and are now passe. Emails have become a rarely read and just a pain thanks to the onslaught of advertisement. Ebay has become much more buyer centric because when it was vendor centric, the buyers left in droves. CL is trying to even the playing field from those who scream, and scream louder , and then do it again and again through advertisements. How many times can advertisers slap me in the face with an ad! CL is right.
Jan 05, 2014 08:16 PM