Real Estate on eBay
April 21, 2004 9:20 PM   Subscribe

Is it worth one hundred dollars to place a real estate ad on ebay? I looked over some of the ads and it looks like a lot of trash and scams with occasionaly legit properties. I am selling in a public auction in a little over a week and i want as many people as possible to bid on the property. However I am not rich, which i why i am having the auction, so if i am going to lay down $100 i would like to think it is worth it. Also does anyone know of a better online place to advertise that might attract bidders to a think like this?

It seems late to be asking this. But i really didnt think about advertising online until i mentioned details about the property in a mefi thread a few weeks ago and several people sent me emails about it. my realtor has advertised it online under his company website. i hate the picture that they have.
posted by Recockulous to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
As a potential buyer, I would look at a real estate listing on eBay as an act of the seediest or most desperate seller. Make of that what you will as far as value for your advertising dollar.
posted by majick at 10:16 PM on April 21, 2004

I would not be confident in a house being sold at auction. As majick said, such a seller seems desperate, so I would also doubt that seller has been maintaining the property properly. It would never occur to me to look at ebay for realestate.
posted by Goofyy at 1:35 AM on April 22, 2004

looks like a lot of trash and scams with occasionaly legit properties

That's pretty much like all of ebay these days,
I have to agree that it seems seedy or desperate.
(I used to love ebay for all sorts of stuff, but now it's just icky)

Is this for a house or for undeveloped property?
posted by milovoo at 8:05 AM on April 22, 2004

Response by poster: its a twenty acre farm. it is selling in a estate auction.

I would not be confident in a house being sold at auction

i guess that estate auctions of deceased people usually inspire more people than just a person selling their place that way. my realtor told me that it gives the impression there is nothing wrong with the property. that is not why i a selling this way but it made feel a little bit better.

i was just considering ebay because the auction is absolute. i thought it might apeal to at least some bottom feeders which i dont mind if they are there.

i have always done great with ebay for selling other things. i am kind of thinking now it wouldnt be worth the 100 dollars.
posted by Recockulous at 11:11 AM on April 22, 2004

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