Selling a Home Through Craigslist

Andy Dufresne

As I sit here through the remnants of a Vicodin haze, brought on by a near-immovable neck and sore shoulders, I decided to pan through the real estate listings in craigslist to see what progress the homesellers relying on craigslist have made.

After wading through the spam of agents promoting themselves and the agent-listed homes posted as by owner (apparently because traffic is higher on the “by owner” side than the “by agent” side because buyers think they can get themselves a “deal” without an agent involved) and the various rent-to-own and/or poor credit shlock … all I could think about was Red’s line about Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank Redemption:

Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of (explective) smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to. Five hundred yards…that’s the length of five football fields, just shy of half a mile. …¬†Andy Dufresne, who crawled through a river of (expletive) and came out clean on the other side.

That line comes to mind because, really, that’s what craigslist seems to be. It’s a haven for scam artists and unrepentant scammers, star-eyed sellers and bargain-hunting buyers.

In short, it’s about the last place someone who really takes pride in a home and wants to sell it should go to get it sold. Because, at the end of the day, your odds of finding a legitimate, qualified buyer sifting through the sheer volume of dreck in craigslist to find one particular home is next to nil.

There are so many better ways to get a home sold. Some can be done on your own. For others, you need the help of a real estate professional.

At some point, it’s worth a conversation to see if an agent can get you enough for your home to cover the commission expense rather than subject yourself to the bottom-feeding mentality of craigslist.

Unless, of course, you enjoy crawling through 500 yards of (expletive) and think you’ll come out clean in the end.

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While you’re here, take a look at some homes in Hillcrest, on the northwest edge of Arrowhead Ranch in Glendale.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at