Can I sell My Home on Craigslist in Stockton

Who will buy my house in Stockton

Like any other product or service, Real Estate can be bought and sold very easily and there is no reason that Craigslist should not be part of the marketing mix.

Craigslist has been around for years and its presence on the internet as the place to sell something is well established. If you have something to sell, where’s the first place people usually turn? Craigslist, of course. But in this case, you have a house for sale. So you’re most likely asking this question: “Can I sell my home on Craigslist in Stockton?”

Of course you can. The truth be told, you can sell any house using Craigslist as it is just another means to advertise the house that you have to sell and often times Google searches will include Craigslist items including real estate. That is powerful. It shows that Google takes Craigslist seriously as well.

So, What are your chances, then?

Well, they can be really good. After all, Craigslist gets 50 billion page views every single month. Certainly there aren’t that many page viewers in Stockton California especially for houses, but you have to be realistic about the buyers on Craigslist and know that they may not be your exact target match. You will also need to get some critical elements of your ad right and below well discuss them in order of importance

Can I Sell My Home on Craigslist in Stockton


No matter where you decide to list or market your house online or in the print media, price is still the number one factor in determining how many buyers will be interested in what you have to sell. It is really simple, the lower is the price is, the more buyers will be interested.  If you are looking to sell your house for cash on Craigslist you will find an interesting mix of buyers will come out of the woodwork and you have a great chance of selling the house for the price you want.

You just need to be prepared to deal with all kinds of people parading around your house, some serious, others not so much. You also need to be prepared for the deal makers that will negotiate the terms of the transaction as favorable as possible.

Whatever you do, be prepared and in advance find a title company (I use Chicago Title Company) that you want to handle the transaction. There are lots of contractual issues to know and the Title Company knows what is customarily done in the Stockton real estate market and can guide you.

Read More on The Role of the Title Company


Nine out of 10 people will read the headline of a website , but maybe one of those 10 will go on to read the rest. In addition, six of 10 social media users who share a link never actually read the article whose link they shared. The point? You simply have to get the headline of your Craigslist ad exactly right.

You need to write a compelling headline, but you should never lie about your home or exaggerate its features. One effective tactic is to use numbers, especially odd numbers. Here’s an example: “5 Reasons You Should Check Out My Ranch-Style Home in Stockton (Hint: Number 3 Is Five Minutes From Shopping and Schools)”  Just make sure you give them a reason to take the next step and click on the ad.


In the Body just give a description of the house. How many bedrooms, how many baths, Square footage. Just keep it simple, using brief paragraphs, lots of space, and lists where appropriate.  And, of course, don’t make the mistake of poor grammar or misspellings . The quality of the ad copy will reflect the seriousness of the seller and of course the buyer when they respond. and ultimately the with the quality of the overall transaction.

Also, make sure you include all the relevant keywords your target shoppers might be searching for. Craigslist serves up ads based on what people type into the search bar. If you feel that your ad isn’t getting the traffic it should, try experimenting. Change the text and try some different keywords in different places.


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Pictures are actually more important than the actual ad copy for selling a home on Craigslist. Most people, make the images too large, which not only looks unprofessional but makes the page take longer to load. Most buyers will abandon the page if a page’s loading time is too long.

Take pictures of entire rooms or areas, If an appliance, say, a refrigerator, has been recently updated, you can include that fact in the body of the ad copy.

If you use a digital camera, make sure not to leave the date and time stamp in the bottom right corner of the image. Besides giving it a slipshod, amateurish look, it also dates the picture, which can be a drawback if the house sits on the market for any length of time.

Posting Times

Many of the Craigslist experts advise posting an ad between 10:00 am and noon on weekdays. After 5:00 pm on weekdays also works well (which is what I would do if I were selling my home in Stockton on Craiglist – in order to present a fresh ad to all those shoppers browsing Craigslist right after they get home from work.) And if you wait until the weekend, morning is the recommended posting time.

Can I Sell my home in Stockton on Craigslist? Yes you can. But if on the other hand, you don’t want to bother with all the phone calls, the questions and the parade of people that will poke and prod at your house, the inspections, we have a much easier solution for you.

Read more on How inspections can kill the sale of your House in Stockton.

Phone Calls and Tire Kickers

Now that you have placed the ad get ready for the phone calls. Selling a home on Craigslist can be done. I know, I have done it, but I was prepared for everything because its what I do for a living. You however, need to prepare yourself for every Tom, Dick and Harry that will be calling. But be wary, they are not all buyers interested in actually purchasing your house. Some are just tire kickers and curious. Others may be your neighbors and others yet may be dangerous.

Either way its up to you to discern the honest from the creepy and schedule times that are convenient for them to come and gawk, comment on your decor and take inventory of your possessions as they parade through your home.

If you’re alright with that happy selling.


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Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook is a local Cash Home Buyer / Real Estate Investor in Stockton, Sacramento and Modesto CA and Tulsa Oklahoma. He has written numerous real estate articles that have been published here and by other blog and news outlets. Peter has appeared on several local and national news reports regarding the state of the Stockton and Sacramento Real Estate Markets.

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