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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Craigslist Real Estate Listing Fee

In a story from MediaPost, CraigsList is considering charging a fee for real estate listings. Here are a couple blurbs from their story.

In a move to cut down on scams and frivolous listings, Craigslist, a popular online classifieds site, is considering charging a per-post fee for its real estate listings in San Francisco and New York City.

"We're being asked to start charging both by brokers ... and by apartment seekers," Jim Buckmaster, Craigslist CEO said. "As it is now, the volume of postings coming through those categories is just too high, and it's burdensome for all concerned."
Does this sound familiar? Site gets too much traffic, in order to reduce the amount of scammers, noise, and traffic the owners decide to start charging for what use to be free. Nah, nothing new here. Some other folks have been documenting this type of stuff for a long time now.

In a good move to remain in-check with the user community, Craig posted the info on his blog yesterday and says a community discussion will take place before any charges begin.

By Jason Dowdell at 11:39 AM | Comments (6)

(6) Thoughts on Craigslist Real Estate Listing Fee

I am a single woman in need of
finding a buyer for my small but
cute house in medford,OR. Medford
has four seasons and is close to
MT Ashland for skiing/snowboarding
in the winter. Ashland, about 15
miles away has a university and
pretty much counter culture/
culture. Big yard and nice
landscaping. One bedroom (pretty
big. Sales are slow nationwide
so that is why I came here.
I am asking 160K. My telephone
# is 541.770.6860. Thanks.

Comments by susan wakefield : Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 06:00 PM

A couple of years ago, I sold my house in Washington State through Craigslist. After almost two years of listing it with a realtor, I cancelled my contract and listed it on Craigslist and sold it within 3 weeks. I think craigslist should continue to offer this free service to individuals but charge a fee to real estate agents or builders.

Comments by Jolie Wagner : Friday, September 21, 2007 at 03:00 PM

Single Beach property For Sale in prime location, Belleair Beach Fla.Zip Code 33786. Corner property with water views $325,000 call for details 215-778-0102

Comments by Robert G.Gallagher : Monday, February 02, 2009 at 05:50 PM

I am a leasing agent in chicago and frankly, this really distressed me. As a leasing agent, I make no where NEAR what a realtor does and any FEE will simply KILL my income and my business.

If this happens in Chicago, I will actively search out other engines to post on and begin an advertising campaign in favor of them. I know of one site that has been seeking to lure people away from craigslist and i've slowly begun to use them. In addition, there are a TON of other sites (Facebook, Hotpads to name a few) that will simply become a necessity instead of "additional" posting options. All in all, it's bad idea for those of us working 100% commission with a small margin of earnings, to suddenlty have to pay. I won't be able to afford that.

One solution would be to create a spearate catagory for true REAL ESTATE vs Rentals.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment!


Comments by Michele : Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 02:39 PM

I like that the listings on Craigslist are free as I do understand that with all the rental properties in states like New York and other big cities should pay especially if it is being put up by a realtor as they get money for the rentals and sales they make so why not pay for their listings. But for us ordinary people just trying to unload property because we can no longer afford to pay taxes, etc. then I think we should be able to list them for free. This is just my opinion and as such I would give my life for your right to your opinion just the same. dj

Comments by djsunnyside : Monday, March 14, 2011 at 04:21 PM

I have a timeshare with Diamond Resorts internationl. I am looking for a buyer. Giveaway price!

Comments by Inez Jones : Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 08:23 PM

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