Why Craigslist's FREE section is so awesome

Real Estate Agent with Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto DRE #01485322

Why Craigslist's FREE section is so awesome


The FREE section of Craigslist is kind of awesome.  Why is that?  When you want to get rid of stuff and have someone pick it up, the Craigslist FREE section is for you.  


Just list your item(s) with photos and a description including flaws, damage, etc.  You should start getting phone calls, texts or emails pretty quickly.  Soon, the stuff you want gone is being picked up by a person grateful to have whatever you wanted taken off your hands.


When I have clients who want to get rid of stuff before they sell or during escrow, I head over and take photos and list the items for them.  I take the phone calls and texts and coordinate the pick up.


The clients don't get the tax write off, but sometimes the convenience is worth it.

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Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

You are correct this is a great place for folks. Another one my clients are finding are some local Facebook community pages. Both are great resources. 

May 12, 2015 03:42 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Wednesday morning Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA -

We put our leaking hot water heater on the free list on CL.  It was picked up within half an hour with many calling wanting the thing.

May 12, 2015 08:34 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ - I'll have to check out the Facebook community pages, too!

John McCormack - That's what I find to be so fantastic and amazing.  What is trash to you, is worthwhile enough to someone else that they'll come get it.

May 12, 2015 10:54 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would have to agree, it is a great place and I love that it is free.  Some spam and such comes from it, but then again, there is nothing online these days that doesn't come with a free dosage of spam, haha.

May 13, 2015 02:07 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Brian England - If you want to get rid of stuff fast and don't want to drive it anywhere, the free category is so useful!

There's definitely spam, not so useful.   

May 13, 2015 02:17 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have never used the free section of Craigslist.  Good to know it works for getting rid of things you don't want to sell.

May 13, 2015 04:34 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Chris Ann Cleland - I had a client who had a sofa, love seat, etc. where the "leather" was peeling.  She didn't think anyone would want it, even for free.  

I posted the items on Craigslist in the Free category and I received inquiries very quickly.  The items were picked up and out of the seller's way.  

The seller was happy and the people who picked up the items were, too.

May 13, 2015 05:54 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Craigslist, both the 'free' items, and other areas, helped me get rid of nearly everything in my home before moving to CA.  I was amazed at the stuff some people took!

May 13, 2015 11:43 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Jill I always recommend CL to my Sellers. I surf CL from time to time. There are some good deals if watch close enough.  

May 14, 2015 05:22 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Jill. That is really going the extra mile for your clients. Nice work. 

May 14, 2015 09:15 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Whatever it is somebody will want it usually, great service to make those unwanted things disappear fast.

May 14, 2015 04:39 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jill, what a great service you give to your clients --- as almost every seller has more stuff than they really need or want! 

May 15, 2015 02:44 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jill, Your taking the calls and doing the work for  clients is an awesome service for your sellers.

May 16, 2015 09:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and your suggestions.

May 18, 2015 09:37 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

That's a great idea Jill.  I have not been involved with Craigslist much.  Posted maybe three times...

May 18, 2015 11:29 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Frank Rubi, MBA - Craigslist is a great resource and you're so right about the deals that can be found if you watch closely enough!

Thanks Debbie Laity - Sometimes the little things are the big things.

Pete X with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Huntington Beach, CA 714.459.2017 OCLister.com - The Free section is excellent for making things disappear fast!  

May 20, 2015 12:48 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Thanks Joan Cox.  It's an easy way to lighten the load.  

I appreciate it, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland.

Roy Kelley - I hope people find the information useful and put it work.

Evelyn Johnston - Thanks!  It's so much better than putting stuff on the sidewalk with a note that says "Free". 

May 20, 2015 01:08 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

I have used the FREE section several times Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA  .  Keeps things out of LANDFILLS.  Repurposing is great.  My friend says the cost is FREE NINETY EIGHT!

May 20, 2015 07:56 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Bruce Hicks - True!  FREE NINETY EIGHT is a great price!

May 24, 2015 11:57 PM
Michael Anderson
Anderson Real Estate Investments, LLC - Nashville, TN
Real Estate

Craigslist is also great to find good murfreesboro home buyers or all sorts of ways to sell your home. That site is kind of a pain if you get flaky people that say they will meet you at a time and place and never show up... Thats a pain, but its worth it.

May 25, 2015 01:37 AM

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