Reviewing Real Estate Sites: Craigslist
For some, Craigslist has a bit of a bad reputation and is best avoided. However, truth be told, the listings King can have some great things to offer when it comes to your property search. Of course, you'll probably have to exercise a little more patience than with those sites that are strictly for Real Estate purposes, but there are definitely properties put onto Craigslist that don't see the light of day anywhere else. So, if you're curious as to how Craigslist matches up with some of the Real Estate giants, then just keep on reading.
For some, Craigslist has a bit of a bad reputation and is best avoided. However, truth be told, the listings King can have some great things to offer when it comes to your property search. Of course, you’ll probably have to exercise a little more patience than with those sites that are strictly for Real Estate purposes, but there are definitely properties put onto Craigslist that don’t see the light of day anywhere else. So, if you’re curious as to how Craigslist matches up with some of the Real Estate giants, then just keep on reading.
Craigslist has been around since 1995, and originally started out as a newsletter type of thing sent out by the founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, to his friends about social events in the San Francisco Bay Area that they might be interested in. From then on, Craigslist has had its up and downs, but arguably has become huge, encompassing a whole range of services and letting pretty much anyone find exactly what they want. Of course, there is a property section included on the website, and that’s what we’re looking at today.
The website itself is pretty plain, with each category and sub-category displayed, and an option to search the entire website off to the side. On the property search page, each property is displayed in its own box, with the options to search by newest added, price ascending/descending, and that sort of thing.
Off to the side of the page, there are also some search refinement options, allowing you to input the number of bedrooms you’d like to have, search through properties that allow pets only, the size of the property, and so on.
Truth be told, the search refinement options are pretty good, allowing you to cover the bases of everything you might think of when looking for a new property, including laundry and parking. If you have the patience and the time to look through many listings, then you may just find the property that you’re looking for, without having to look anywhere else.
Unfortunately, despite its comprehensive cover of topics, relatively simple design and long standing presence online, Craigslist at its heart is still just a listings website, and that isn’t going to save you any time, or effort. Additionally, although this isn’t really a complaint so much as an observation, the website is little more than bare bones. For me, this distracts a little from the user experience of the website, and I feel that would be enough for me to use one of the bigger Real Estate portals over Craigslist.
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