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Zillow vs Craiglist (by GKARL [PA]) Feb 12, 2018 5:53 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Sisco [MO]) Feb 12, 2018 6:05 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Feb 12, 2018 7:02 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Robin [WI]) Feb 12, 2018 7:05 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by GKARL [PA]) Feb 12, 2018 7:35 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 12, 2018 10:04 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Feb 13, 2018 4:52 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by rentON [PA]) Feb 13, 2018 4:53 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Doogie [KS]) Feb 13, 2018 5:10 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Roy [AL]) Feb 13, 2018 5:29 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by AllyM [NJ]) Feb 13, 2018 6:25 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Jeff [CO]) Feb 13, 2018 6:29 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Feb 13, 2018 9:10 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by S i d [MO]) Feb 13, 2018 10:25 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Pat [VA]) Feb 13, 2018 3:59 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Chris [CT]) Feb 13, 2018 5:26 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 14, 2018 8:18 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 14, 2018 8:26 AM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Feb 14, 2018 12:23 PM
       Zillow vs Craiglist (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 15, 2018 8:11 AM

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Zillow vs Craiglist (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 5:53 PM
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I find myself not liking the trifecta of Zillow, Trulia and Hotpads. I'm being inundated with showing requests, but they're not reading the ad to see when the open houses are. Basically, they're not opening the ad to actually read it and are just clicking on requests to show. I tried e-mailing each one at first with open house dates, but that's just too much work. I feel most of these guys are tire kickers anyway. I find Craiglist much more effective from a management standpoint. I have a very detailed ad and the few who've had questions, I just refer them back to the ad. I'm not getting swamped with e-mails and texts either. I deactivated my Zillow ads today.

--207.172.xx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 6:05 PM
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CL just fell off the table for me. It went from supplying nearly all of my leads to nothing. By 2015 I was thinking that demand had shrunk in my market, boy was I wrong!

Your area may be the exception, but I think CL will be a bit player.

I also prognosticate that the services will come and go with greater rapidity.

GKarl, if you can fill your units without the hassles of Zillow and FB marketplace, I say enjoy it while you can. --72.172.xxx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 7:02 PM
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We seem to get higher income applicants with Zillow Rentals. Yes, the looky-loos are a pain. Reply to each with a canned email. --98.146.xxx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 7:05 PM
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For both, I put at the top of the description (or the header on craigslist) **Open House 2/21 @ 6pm!** That cuts down on inquiries quite a bit. The quality of craigslist applicants is so poor, however, that I often don't bother posting there. --204.210.xxx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 7:35 PM
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I forgot about g-mail's canned responses. I can set those up, but they would refer to them back to the ad for the open house dates. Many of the people from Zillow are tire kickers and in my market, it seems that tenants go through a variety of sources including Craigslist. From a management perspective, I just find the Craigslist easier to format and manage. The day of the open house, I caption the ad "Open House Today" and if I have open houses over successive days, that covers all of them with renewing and I'm not getting a bunch of e-mails or texts. --207.172.xx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 10:04 PM
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GKARL,

We were getting only dregs of society from CL.

We want the app first so we send a copy/paste reply pointing them to our website for complete info and app.

Time for Trulia to streamline the system so as to attract more LLs.

BRAD --68.51.xx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 4:52 AM
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I use Zillow exclusively since it has the most qualified prospects at least at the higher end of the market. I've never placed an ad on CL but some of my ads have appeared there thanks to some scammers. The few CL responses I've received will never qualify.

People spend between 7-15 seconds reading ads. If you want them to know it's open house showings only put in on the top line next to the price. I also only do open houses. I receive the bulk of my responses within 24 hours since I place all ads on Thursday to take advantage of weekend scheduling. I wait 24 hours and then send a bulk email using BCC to keep their emails private to confirm the time. If I'm still receiving a lot of responses after my initial email blast I'll send another one to the people that didn;t receive the original one. Many will confirm they'll be there but just as many just show up.

--71.75.xx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by rentON [PA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 4:53 AM
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Maybe it's a PA thing but I do still get a fair amount of Tenants from CL. I do have a saved prescreen script that I send to anyone that is interested. This seems to help eliminate some of the tire kickers as this requires some effort to complete.

As a side note, when the time does come, you want to die in PA since we're 10 years behind the times.

Good luck. --67.165.xx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 5:10 AM
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CL is not real active here either. It's mainly realtors that post and repost and repost and repost and repost their ads. I have a canned email I send everyone from zillow and related sites. Works well. Copy, paste, send. They either show up/call or they don't. --98.175.xxx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 5:29 AM
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Does anyone remember when the classified ads section of your local newspaper was the only place to advertise for tenants? My local newspaper still charges $60.00 for 3 tiny lines. Bold Text is extra too. --68.63.xxx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 6:25 AM
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So you switched to an inferior product that is not producing as much to get the customer off your back. That's what you are saying. Craig's List works for me around here but next time I am going to try Zillow or Trulia to see if I get more responses from more affluent folks. --73.33.xxx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 6:29 AM
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Zillow works much better than Craigslist for me. I don't receive too many response, which is fine. I'd rather have good leads. The only annoyance is that a lot of times I will quickly respond to an inquiry but never hear back from them.

I do e-mail only. You can block your phone number. --76.120.xx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 9:10 AM
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rentON [PA]: I'm originally from Philadelphia and I would move back in a heartbeat. I really miss the city. And if you think PA is 10 years behind you really need to travel more!! --71.75.xx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 10:25 AM
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So....what everyone here seems to be saying is.... results may vary!

I like the Zillow syndicate because you can only post an address once. Keeps the mega-plex apartments from posting their same ads 10x per day knocking mine to the bottom.

I haven't used CL for about a year, but thinking about giving it another try to see if anything has changed. I get just about as many tire kickers from Zillow syndicates these days as I do Facebook Marketplace. --173.17.xx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 3:59 PM
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I put an ad in the local paper as they are still pretty reasonable 60 cents a word. I should have put the price, we got about 40 calls. It's terrible. I didn't get a qualified candidate. I blame the time of year but this is for one of the best houses we have and I was going for 750. (was getting 650. for three years) It is a two story with a fireplace, heat pump, carport, 3-4 bdrms, & 2 baths. Large pantry, separate dining room, large enclosed back porch & partial basement. I'm just waiting for a while, doing some painting of luan paneling & adding some insulation in attic.

We re-plumbed it with pex, too. --71.51.xxx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Chris [CT]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 5:26 PM
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Zillow is pretty good, CL around here is scary. --24.45.xxx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2018 8:18 AM
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I still use craigslist, although the big complexes and some real estate agents are working hard to make it unusable. Seriously, what do they think they are gaining by having their ad appear 20 times on the first page? And how do they do it? I can't even renew my ad without re-writing it. --174.216.xx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2018 8:26 AM
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If you read on any of the tenant forums, the tenants are encountering a lot of scams on Craigslist. It makes them gunshy. I'm guessing that the value of craigslist in any individual area is affected by how many scammers are using craigslist in that area.

Those of you requiring a questionaire be filled out before anyone will contact the applicant might be losing a lot of potential tenants because that makes you look like you might be one of those identity thieves, who are also using craigslist.

The tenants are spending a pretty substantial amount of air time warning each other about scams (but not as much time as they spend advising on how to trick landlords) --174.216.xx.xxx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2018 12:23 PM
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Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]: They use Craigslist auto poster. It's a software not sanctioned by CL but that doesn't stop them from using one.

Personally I don't know why they post there it can't possibly generate viable leads. If you have trouble getting qualified leads for rentals why would they think someone has the funds or credit to buy a house. --71.75.xx.xx




Zillow vs Craiglist (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 15, 2018 8:11 AM
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RentOn - I swear we are still in the 1990's here.

The only difference is we don't answer the phone any longer with a WHHHHAZZZZZ UP. We stopped that last year

If someone from zillow asks for additional info but doesn't even provide a phone number - they are tossed into the spam can. If they are not investing time, why should I?

So now I need to back to listening to my Vanilla Ice cassette tape --24.101.xxx.xxx



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