Real Estate Marketing

Simplify Your Craigslist Searches & Marketing With SearchTempest

Expertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Real Estate Marketing, Real Estate Investing Basics
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I’ve used Craigslist off and on for the past year to find buyers for properties,  build a cash buyer’s list in my local area, and find motivated sellers to make offers to.  The reason why I say “off and on” is because I could never find my groove and work Craigslist consistently.  Mostly because I thought it was a drag to scour through all of the ads.  In the past I’ve seen some tools that are supposed to make it easy to find the types of Craigslist ads you’re looking for and send follow up emails with a click of a button.  I’ve never used any of those, but I recently learned of a free tool that has made working with Craigslist much more bearable.  Whether you outsource this work (I do!) or do it yourself, SearchTempest is definitely worth a look.

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SearchTempest makes your searches easy…you can:

  • search multiple cities at once
  • search by distance from a specific city or zip code
  • save your favorite searches

I suspect there’s more to the tool that I am yet to discover, but those perks right there are enough for me.

A little over a week ago, fellow BiggerPockets blogger Jason Hanson suggested a Craigslist marketing strategy that involved contacting absentee owners/landlords about doing lease options. He even put out a 30 day challenge encouraging people to give it a shot which was a great idea! Maybe lease options aren't your thing, but SearchTempest can you help you with a number of other real estate investing strategies such as virtual wholesaling because you can find motivated sellers in numerous target markets with a simple click of the mouse.

One of the things you’ll want to do when using SearchTempest is take advantage of negative keywords (in fact, you can use negative keywords on Craigslist as well so this isn’t unique to SearchTempest).  For example, let’s say you’re looking for deals in the Arlington area of Jacksonville, Florida but you don’t like to deal with condominiums or townhouses.

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What you’re going to do is type in “Arlington -condo – townhouse – townhome” in the “What” field and of course complete the other criteria such as minimum and maximum price and bedrooms.  The negative keywords are super helpful because you’ll remove a ton of ads that you don’t want to waste your time looking through.

I hope this small tip is helpful to you for your Craigslist marketing efforts! If you make it a regular habit to do your favorite searches via a tool like SearchTempest you should definitely get some solid leads and deals!

Shae Bynes is a real estate investor in sunny South Florida. On her blog, GoodFaithInvesting.com, she provides helpful tips and an inside look at her...
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    Khary Reynolds
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Awesome post as always Shae. I’m gonna check them out right now. You have my mind racing with new ideas. Thanks.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Thanks Khary! I like to get minds racing…. 🙂
    Matt Rosen
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Great resource Shae! You hit a homerun with this. I was just looking for something like this for the same reasons you said. Everytime I search CL its like my brain is fighting me and I want to take a nap or something. I am checking them out right now… -Matt
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    You know I’m always lookin’ out for my man, Matt! 😉
    Bob Patenaude
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Thanks for the terrific and helpful info Shae. Like many, I’ve been looking for a way to make using Craigs List easier and more productive. Thanks again for sharing.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    You bet, Bob!
    Edwin Brown
    Replied about 10 years ago
    This is a very practical article. Thanks a lot. Did i miss if there is a fee for this tool?
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    It’s free! Enjoy 🙂
    Edwin Brown
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Shae, how do you get your picture in the blog comments section? I have picture in my profile on the forums but a blank face here on the blogs.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Check out Gravatar.com and you can have a photo that follows you all around the web when you comment!
    Anthony Rueda
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Thank you very much Shae. I immediately checked out SearchTempest and it is a terrific resource. I will definitely use this tool moving forward. By the way, thanks for the Gravatar.com tip as well.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    You’re welcome, Anthony! Have a great weekend 🙂
    Edwin Brown
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Shae, thanks for the tip.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    You’re welcome, Edwin! Nice photo….you have a winning smile 🙂
    Matt
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Nice. Has anyone found a good free tool for posting apartments on craigslist?
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Hi Matt! I haven’t found a solid CL auto posting software yet. Most people I know do what I do — hire virtual assistants to manually post.
    Matt
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Any good priced VAs?
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Check out odesk.com and elance.com as a starting point.
    J. Lamar Ferren
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Wow Shae. Thanks for this one. I never even head of Search Tempest, but will definitely give it a look. This will save my VA some time. lol Craigslist is an on and off gig with me too. They’re getting more strict these days.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied about 10 years ago
    Yes J, they are….I understand why, but its irritating. LOL!
    Taylor White, PHD
    Replied almost 10 years ago
    Great post…I had no idea this type of technology was even available for Craigs List.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied almost 10 years ago
    Happy to help!
    Shae Bynes
    Replied almost 10 years ago
    Happy to help! Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied over 9 years ago
    I just ended up on the site and remembered this post. What a great time-saver! I’ve gone and shared it again via FB & Twitter in the hopes that more people read this and improve their productivity. Thanks again Shae!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied over 9 years ago
    I just ended up on the site and remembered this post. What a great time-saver! I’ve gone and shared it again via FB & Twitter in the hopes that more people read this and improve their productivity. Thanks again Shae!
    Shae Bynes
    Replied over 9 years ago
    Yeah its a GREAT tool. Glad you find it useful, Josh!
    gordon
    Replied over 9 years ago
    are you still using searchtempest? if so have you found a motivated seller where you actually purchased or wholesaled the home?
    gordon
    Replied over 9 years ago
    are you still using searchtempest? if so have you found a motivated seller where you actually purchased or wholesaled the home?
    Shae Bynes
    Replied over 9 years ago
    Haven’t used it for awhile now, but that’s only because I’m focused on securing additional private lenders now (I’m in buying & holding mode). However, I know people who are using it successfully. Craigslist works…you just have to keep at it.
    Shae Bynes
    Replied over 9 years ago
    Haven’t used it for awhile now, but that’s only because I’m focused on securing additional private lenders now (I’m in buying & holding mode). However, I know people who are using it successfully. Craigslist works…you just have to keep at it.
    Noelle Fisher
    Replied almost 9 years ago
    Really great post! I like craiggers more than searchtempest, but recently came across yourlist.com. I haven’t had a chance to check it out in depth yet, but plan on checking it out this weekend. Would love to hear your thoughts on it too! I’m sure it’s got more features than I’d be able to find on my own. 🙂
    Joseph Murders
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks for the tip!! I just tried out Search Tempest and I am making it my new way of scraping for potential deals along side my other marketing methods.