Hello BPers!

I've been relatively silent on here while I've been doing RE research like a madman.  Taking action now!  Here is some information about a duplex townhome I will be signing on shortly:

Address:  23665 NE Shannon St., Wood Village, Oregon 97060

MLS: 15484253

Rentometer says a 2 bdrm unit should rent for around $860/mo and a 3bdrm unit should be around $1,220/mo.  # of bathrooms unspecified.

Each recently updated unit has:

  • 1172sqft
  • 2bdrm + bonus/den
  • 1.1 bath
  • W/D Hookup, all other appliances included
  • low maintenance front/back yards
  • attached 1 car garage + off street parking
  • new wall to wall carpet
  • quiet dead end street
  • minutes to shopping, Community College and Interstate
  • preferably no pets and non-smokers
  • Lessee to pay all utilities

Pictures and info at realtor.com

I have a youtube video of my initial walk through here.  If you watch the video, you might want to mute it because there are a couple of words of profanity.  Also, skip to 8:10 as everything before that is a different duplex and the drive to the duplex I'm interested in.

My goal here is to put my feelers out there to find out potential interest and/or the most predictable rentable income.  A friend of mine said to post a craigslist ad and see how much interest it generates. 

Now for my question:  What is the best way to advertise one unit of this property on Craigslist?  What should I include/omit?  What inexpensive change can I make to the unit to create more desirability?

Apparently in the news the other day, there was a bit about scams on Craigslist.  How do I make sure my ads look legitimate?

I greatly appreciate your responses and input!