The internet has made shopping for a home so much easier, and many web sites have emerged with some great tools for homebuyers. But I have to admit that I just don't "get" craigslist when it comes to real estate.
Craigslist is to real estate as 8 track tape is to quality recording, but amazingly home buyers are still using the service. All craigslist does is run an old-fashioned bulletin board style site where anybody can post homes for sale. As each new home hits the site, it pushes the previous listing downward. This not exactly what I would consider user-friendly.
Typical Display Of Real Estate Ads On Craigslist
So just looking at the current ads, you see homes for sale mixed with homes for rent, and no practical way for a serious homebuyer or home seller to sort through the information. I could see this as being "state of the art" in the early 1990s, but how is it that people are using craigslist today for real estate?
Better Home Search Tools Than Craigslist
With the creation of IDX feeds, most MLS systems now allow for real estate web sites to display all of the homes for sale in one location. As a matter of fact, our map-based MLS search tool has been very popular since we brought it online nearly two years ago, and tens of thousands of people have used it to search all the homes for sale in the Tallahassee MLS. Just clicking on the green "Property Search" button found in our header will take you to the page as shown below.
Unlike doing a real estate search on craigslist where information is just scattered around, our Tallahassee MLS search tool allows our customers to see pictures and information on over 5,000 properties actively listed for sale. They can sort by area or by home features, and we have received a lot of positive feedback on our tools for homebuyers.
So the next time you want to look at homes for sale, don't think "craigslist real estate," think "Tallahassee Real Estate."
Joe Manausa, MBA is a 26 year veteran of real estate brokerage in Tallahassee, Florida and has owned and managed his own company since 1992. He is a daily blogger with content that focuses on real estate analytics and providing his clients with a tactical advantage in today's challenging market.