MLS and Craigslist Keywords for Finding Deals

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When looking for deals, what keywords do YOU use to find them on the MLS? How about on Craigslist? Here is a list Ive been putting together. Feel free to add more if you want. Hope this helps someone!

Moving

Moved

Probate

Inherited

Passed Away

Deceased

Executor

Heirs

Death

Code Violation

Code Enforcement

Condemned

Condemnation

Mold

Tear Down

Fire Damaged

Abandoned

Very Motivated

Distressed

Lost Job

Divorce

Bankruptcy

Fire Sale

Health Problems

Health Issues

Must Sell

Liquidation

TLC

Short Sale

Vacant

Motivated

Divorce

Fixer

Fixer-upper

Must sell

Make offer

Estate

Absentee

Transfer/ Transferred

Vacant

Handyman

Bankrupt

Retire

Retired

Retiring

Investor

Investment

Deal

Good list @Kenneth E. !  I don't search nearly as much as I used to anymore, but in the past have used:  Motivated  Anxious  Flexible  Carry  Owner Options Lease Hurry Help Down Before 

to name a few.  Cheers!

Nice!   Thanks for sharing.  

Someone else sent these additional keywords to me:

Probate
inherited
foreclosure
short sale
preforeclosure
pre-foreclosure
pre foreclosure
estate
bring all offers
vandalized
uninsured
junker
must sell
investor special
special warranty deed
quit claim deed
heir
heirs
TLC
motivated
fixer
fixer upper
fixer-upper
deferred maintenance
repairs
as-is
as is
relocation
rented
tenant
do not disturb tenant
owner will carry
owner will carry 2nd
owner finance
owner will finance
personal rep
personal representative
estate
trustee
basement issues
basement repairs
basement problems
foundation issues
foundation repairs
foundation problems
structural issues
structural repairs
structural problems
no FHA
lease option
engineer report
price change
sell house fast
sell my house fast
sell a house fast
sell your house fast
sell home fast
need to sell house fast
need to sell my house fast
we buy houses
we buy homes
I buy houses
I buy homes
cash home buyers
cash house buyers
fast home buyers
fast house buyers
how to sell house fast
sell house quickly
sell house for cash
buy my house
buy my house fast
sell without a Realtor
sell house without an agent
sell house with tenant
sell house without repairs
sell vacant house
contractors special
handyman special

This is a great thread. The one problem with craigslist in Miami is I see people buying properties off the MLS and reselling them on Craigslist for a huge mark up. I don't know if this happens in other cities but here most of the Craigslist properties are way over-priced. Last week a property sold on the MLS for $85,000 and it just popped up on Craigslist for $160,000 (still in the same condition).

@Nat Chan I see this happen all the time too. 

99% of the time, these are properties under contract by a wholesaler that sourced the house off-market and then a person with access to the MLS, will list it on the MLS with a marked up price as a form of "real estate arbitrage" in hopes of flipping the wholesaled home within the time it is under contract and profiting from the difference.

It's getting hard to find deals in Miami. The most powerful way for me has been relationships with agents, wholesalers, other investors, bird dogs etc. Relationships is important in any form of business, but in real estate it is extremely important. I have found deals on MLS, that when negotiated properly, materialized to be great deals.

@Nat Chan

"Last week a property sold on the MLS for $85,000 and it just popped up on Craigslist for $160,000 (still in the same condition)."

If this is your market, what is it worth?

@Kenneth E. I'm more interested in which words you've had luck with in your area and why you thought they worked?

not included in square footage

bonus room

+ office

unfinished basement

Look for the easy sf add ons. Agents have restrictions on how they advertise certain spaces. You can add the ductwork, or closet, or wall off a door to get the sf (and value) added to the house.

Moving,Moved,Probate,Inherited, Passed Away,Deceased,Executor, Heirs,Death, Code Violation, Code Enforcement, Condemned, Condemnation, Mold, Tear Down, Fire Damaged, Abandoned, Very Motivated, Distressed, Lost Job, Divorce,Bankruptcy, Fire Sale, Health Problems, Health Issues, Must Sell, Liquidation, TLC, Short Sale, Vacant, Motivated, Divorce, Fixer, Fixer-upper, Must sell, Make offer ,Estate, Absentee, Transfer, Transferred, Vacant, Handyman, Bankrupt,  Retire, Retired, Retiring, Investor, Investment, Deal, Probate,inherited foreclosure ,short sale, preforeclosure, pre-foreclosure, pre foreclosure, estate, bring, all offers, vandalized, uninsured, junker, must sell , investor special, special warranty deed, quit claim deed ,heir ,heirs ,TLC ,motivated ,fixer ,fixer upper, fixer-upper, deferred maintenance, repairs, as-is, as is, relocation, rented, tenant, do not disturb tenant, owner will carry, owner will carry 2nd , owner finance , owner will finance , personal rep ,personal representative, estate, trustee, basement issues, basement repairs, basement problems ,foundation issues ,foundation repairs ,foundation problems, structural issues, structural repairs, structural problems, no FHA, lease option, engineer report, price change, sell house fast, sell my house fast, sell a house fast, sell your house fast, sell home fast, need to sell house fast, need to sell my house fast, we buy houses, we buy homes, I buy houses, I buy homes, cash home buyers, cash house buyers, fast home buyers, fast house buyers, how to sell house fast, sell house quickly, sell house for cash, buy my house, buy my house fast, sell without a Realtor, sell house without an agent, sell house with tenant, sell house without repairs, sell vacant house, contractors special, handyman special


now copy and paste!

Have you guys had any luck with copy and pasting all those keys words at one time? I keep getting an error. 

Thanks for the post @Kenneth E. , I'm in the process of automating my Craigslist leads and this post helped me brainstorm. 

By the way if you are searching CL don't forget to separate search terms with the " | " symbol (look to the right of P on your keyboard)

Example:

Motivated | Must sell | foreclosure