Its amazing how much spam you find on Craigslist now. I was browsing today just for fun and I found about three different agents advertising my listings without my permission just to get leads. Its very cost effective for them, since is free. The problem is that you find an ad for the same place four times. There is also the even worse case which is when scammers advertise my listings. BUYERS AND RENTERS BEWARE. Its a jungle out there.
Honest broker: Wants to advertise his listings and generate more leads to sell or rent his clients property faster.
MOD: Pictures and listing match. Usually have a link to the website for more info.
Not so honest broker: Does not have any listings and advertise other brokers listings to get leads. Sometimes misleads clients on thinking the listings belong to him. .
MOD: They usually don’t have any pictures of the inside, but sometimes they even steel the pictures. Usually have a link to a IDX site. A lot of times the listings were gone weeks before, but its hard for them to keep track since is not their listing, they will try to offer you something else
Spammer: Might have or not a listing.
MOD: Post the listing three times or more everyday. resulting in repetitive postings of the same listing.
Scammer: The most dangerous, usually have a listing that is priced really low. Have you heard the term “Sounds too good to be true”?
MOD: Will pretend to be the landlord and try to convince you to send a check to secure the rental.