Craigslist FSBO Service Details

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What is Craigslist?

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website based in San Francisco, California, that works like a newspaper classified section with local classified ads for over 450 cities worldwide.

You can find listings for just about anything on Craigslist: jobs, housing, items for sale, garage sales, cars, items wanted, gigs, services, community service, personal ads, discussion forums, and much more, and most listing are absolutely free to post.

Craig Newmark founded Craigslist in 1995 to distribute email addresses to friends and post local San Francisco Bay area events. However, in 1996 it expanded into a web-based service listing other classified categories. In 2000, it began expanding to other cities in the US and Canada.

Craigslist now covers 70 countries and has more than 60 billion users.

How to list a home for sale on Craigslist

To avoid paying a standard realtor commission of 6%, many sellers will try to sell their property without an agent, posting on Craigslist home for sale. This is known as for sale by owner (FSBO).

To post your home for sale on Craigslist, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate To Your Location

    You will find this button on the top left sidebar.

  2. Click "Create a Posting"

    Choose "Post to Classifieds".

  3. Add Type of Posting

    Choose "housing offered", then select "real estate offered" as the category, then "for sale by owner".

  4. Agree To the Terms

    Read through the terms and click to agree.

  5. Write Your Post

    Start by creating a catchy headline, then write compelling content for the body.

  6. Add Your Price

    Be sure and research common market pricing for the location of the home.

  7. Upload Photos

    It is important to show people what they are buying, so make sure you take a lot of clear photos.

  8. Submit and Confirm Your Ad

    After you review and submit your ad, Craigslist will email you a confirmation, click to verify your listing, and your ad will go public.

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