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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

We stopped.  Some thug was advertising our For Sale listings as their rentals.

Dec 15, 2015 12:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't use Craigslist for listing  -- I know others here have written of success stories but in our area CL is not considered particularly reliable for real estate advertising.   It's not an advertising medium I want to be associated.  

Dec 15, 2015 12:25 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Yes we do and we are happy with the results.

We post and re-post listings on Craiglist daily and sell quite a few homes per year from it. The back end of my web site has a CL auto poster which allows us to post a listing to CL in about 30 seconds. So we really love CL.  In addition, we have done many many rentals off CL posts.

I'm not concerned with scams. The people are calling me or a member of my team and we know how to screen the calls. I don't think we have ever taken a call from anyone that we were the least bit concerned about. You do get a lot of calls from folks that can't qualify but we just move them to a rental if we can.  


Dec 15, 2015 12:06 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I find it to be the only place to effectively post rentals, and of course there are plenty of scammers to work around, but it is the price we have to deal with.

Dec 15, 2015 03:48 AM
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers,

no, they seem to be more trouble than they are worth

Dec 14, 2015 11:41 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

When I was a property manager, I used Craigslist very effectively, and almost exclusively, to advertise my rentals.   Never used it to promote listings for sale.   You always have to be cautious of scams.  Scammers come up with new angles every day.

Dec 14, 2015 11:07 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Yes but you have to be on top of it for scammer's

Dec 14, 2015 11:05 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For me too risky.

Dec 14, 2015 11:04 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Due to the certainty of scams, I place no listing on CL.  However that does not eliminate all scams.

I promote my services and value programs on Craigslist, not real estate for sale.

Dec 14, 2015 11:02 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I have in the past, without good results; not anymore.

Dec 15, 2015 05:41 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

On rental OK

On listings you notice another agent is using your listing as a bait w/o permission and there is a rental on same property from Nigeria....

Hope that helps,

Dec 15, 2015 04:42 AM
Pam Pelafigue
Ingle Safari Realty, LLC - Lake Charles, LA
Seniors Real Estate Specialist serving S Louisiana

I did, however, not anymore.  I had a listing and a rental ad scammed.  It was so bad that I called the FTC and my local police and this person's local police (in another state) to report it, as well as, reporting it to Craigslist.  

Dec 15, 2015 04:39 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I use to until I got scam and someone try to turn them into a rental scam.

Dec 15, 2015 04:10 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I post there.  I've had very limited results with it.  Nothing bad (I watermark all my photos now so I'm not worried about them being stolen), but nothing more than a handful of people going to my website from my embedded link, no calls.  No deals or leads from it.


I forgot to mention rentals.  I only use CL for rentals.  The MLS out here has the option, but almost no one uses it.  When I've put mine in, I got 1 lead on the first rental (who ended up being my tenant), zero leads on the second and I didn't even waste my time on it with the third rental.  Out here, it isn't worth an agent's time to work with renters.  For example, I passed on $100 on my first rental as a finder's fee to the other agent.

Dec 15, 2015 04:09 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Craigslist is very effective for rentals.  Not quite as good for sales, except for the bargains.

Dec 15, 2015 03:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. Scams are a real problem.

Dec 15, 2015 02:14 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I've made out well in the past with Craigslist. Over time you'd learn how to slice and dice to bring home the bacon. Investment related real estate and rentals work well currently.

Dec 15, 2015 02:06 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Never for sales listings (dangerous and yes, scams). But rental managers use it for advertising rentals here and it is very effective.

Dec 15, 2015 01:52 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Stopped using Craig's list for listings and for rentals quite awhile ago.

Dec 15, 2015 01:48 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

The 2 stupidest, creepiest, shadiest and most time-wasting consumers I have EVER MET in this business came through CL. It is a cesspool of criminal behavior. We recently fired a seller who INSISTED we use it. Our marketing plan is much better than that in attracting quality prospects.

Dec 15, 2015 12:44 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No; steer clear. You do not need scammers 'capturing' your listing and renting it, or squatters.

Dec 15, 2015 12:43 AM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

No. Ihaven't used Craiglist for listings.

Dec 15, 2015 12:38 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

It is interesting to read the answers. Like most activities in real estate the ultimate question is whether it is worth the time. I haven’t felt that CL was worth my time but glad to see others use it effectively.

Dec 15, 2015 12:17 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I have had success advertising some of my listings on C.L.. Raw land in particular. You have to be careful tho.

Dec 14, 2015 11:41 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Angelia - I do post listings to Craigslist, and have had calls on them. However, rentals are often scammed.

Dec 17, 2015 08:58 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I stopped using them years ago... 

Dec 15, 2015 08:56 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Angelia Bynum I doubt if there are many people working on this anymore! At least no Craigslist post for my listings....I was already scammed twice and since then I have stopped it.

Dec 15, 2015 03:45 PM
Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA

I won't go near it. Even if someone paid me to advertise there, I would say, no thanks. 

Dec 15, 2015 02:50 PM
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I don't use Craigslist any more.  Used to until the scam guys got out of control.

Dec 15, 2015 01:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Everytime I have used Craigslist I have had scammers or problems. I do not have time to vet these leads. 

Dec 15, 2015 10:48 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't get it...if you place a listing on the MLS it hits apx 98% of all Real Estate web sites...why go through the work when if we stick with our own web sites people WILL go to them if there isn't any other options.   We are creating more work for ourselves than we need to.

Dec 15, 2015 09:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

BE VERY CAREFUL!   I used Craigslist a few years ago for a one bedroom condo and had a stalker call me for a couple of weeks. 

Dec 15, 2015 07:48 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Have not...Never will!

Dec 15, 2015 07:22 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I used to put all my listings on craigslist and I never had any trouble or any luck either ..

Dec 15, 2015 06:04 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Sure, always

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SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Dec 20, 2015 10:25 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Just posted a couple ads last night on craigslist. will see how this goes.  

Dec 16, 2015 11:22 AM