Thursday, May 5, 2011

How to put a Rental property on craigslist for free

How to put a Rental property on Craigslist for free
Sometimes as a Realtor we do special favors for really great people
This week it was a favor for my Momma
She needed me to help her neighbor get her little guest house rented
She is a cute little old lady. She does not have Internet access and really had no business meeting strangers. 
She contacted several property management companies to help her but NONE of them called her back.  I couldn't believe it! 

I told her I would help her just cuz she was a sweetheart and I wanted to restore her faith in Real Estate agents.  Besides... she said i could blog about it too.
I stopped buy her place in the afternoon and snapped a few pictures.
Then downloaded them to my computer. 

Take at least one front of the property picture
 Always take a kitchen photo

4 to be exact,  That is all that is allowed unless you want to do a custom one. 
Pictures are a must for Craigslist! 

I then opened a FREE account with craigslist by going to
It was easy,  just follow the directions
Pick a user name,  a password and agree to the simple terms. 
BINGO! account opened! 

Next select the area that you wish your ad to be placed. 
Title the ad.  Be clever.  This is a studio apartment...but I knew I would get lots more interested tenants if I called it a Guest House.  It really is a guest house. 
A little house in the back of a single family residence. 

I wrote a cute add describing the best features of the property and all the details.
Darling Guest House in Torrance
Studio-Doll House
New kitchen
New bathroom
Full size stove included
Refrigerator included
water and trash paid
Great neighborhood
no pets
no smokers
good credit a must
$875 month
month to month only
I did not put the address.  I only put cross streets and the City.  I did not list a contact phone number.

 I had them reply to an email address.  This way I could communicate with them a few times via email first.  This way I could ask the questions and give them the answers to their questions before I even scheduled the appointment to see the unit.  I was able to eliminate several showings and bad credit tenants. 

I only scheduled appointments with serious tenants
There are lots of people that just like to look at rentals. Don't waist your time. 

With in 1 hour I had 9 emails from interested parties. 
I only showed it 3 times in three days
In less then a week I had it rented to a wonderful gal with fantastic credit and a great job! 

I was sure to check her credit, verify that she really was employed and verify her past rental history. 
If you hired a real estate agent or property management company to do this same service you could pay as much as 10% of the first years rent.  In this case she may have payed $1,050.
I would have charged 6% so the cost would have been $630
Sometimes it pays to be a sweet little old lady.

I love craigs list and have found my last 4 homes using this free service. 
If you need help putting a property on craigslist feel free to email me with your questions. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Loving The Coastal Chic feeling over at Beach N Creations

Most of you know that I'm doing a little redecorating...and I'm having some trouble finding just the right stuff. 
So after a long morning at the Dr. office of (getting a lump, I recently discovered on my neck, checked out)
I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself and decided to cure it with a little
coastal chic beach shopping.
Well this morning traveling down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in South Redondo Beach,  I discovered a new little shop!  Well... new to me anyway.  It's called Beach N Creations.  I slammed on the breaks and turned into the parking lot of this darling little shop!

Turns out they have two Locations.  Both In South Redondo Beach
They also have a website but it's nothing like the shop!

The best selection and display of sea shells ever! Fantastic prices too!
I am in love with this plate.

Must have these for the Kitchen Breakfast bar

The perfect dish for entertaining...Right?

Coastal Chic Pillows anyone?  I can't decide which ones!  Help.

So cute
Perfect colors
Love this one

I'm really lovin' this one too...

and then there is always the unique Mermaid

This is first on my list of must haves! I have the perfect place for it!

Best of all I feel like I have two new BFF's 
These ladies love what they do and you can tell! 
Lynne Johnson the owner can be found at
Beach N Boxes
817 Torrance Blvd Redondo Beach Ca 90277 
(I forgot to get a picture of Lynne but I will on my next visit.)
and my new coastal chic BFF

She is warm and friendly and makes you feel so special while you shop.
She runs the shop on PCH
Beach N Creations
1305 S Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310 316-8600
I haven't even told you about all the darling and beautiful jewelry they have.  Next time...OK

Be sure to pop into my Open House Tomorrow from 12-2:00

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Torrance Townhouse

Turn Key!  Move right In!
Not a Short Sale!
Not an REO!

Brokers Open House Thursday April 28th 
12:00 to 2:00

Artesia Gardens

2 Bedrooms * 2.5 Bathrooms * Indoor Laundry * 2 car garage * 1483sf
2 Master Suites each with private bathroom, new carpet, fresh paint and views of park like grounds
Large living room, Kitchen with eat in breakfast area, New flooring, recessed lighting, fresh paint and is open to the Family room/dining room. Unique floor plan inn this turn key Tri level Townhouse.

Fantastic views off the master bedroom balcony.

HOA includes Solar Heated Pool, Clubhouse with Kitchen and Sauna with showers and dressing area

Large grassy area right outside your front door.
Unit 23 also includes a two car attached garage with direct access to unit and auto garage door opener.
Inside laundry room for full size washer and dryer with gas hook up.
This Townhouse is priced at $360,000.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Home Goods Happy

Have you ever been Home Goods Happy

My better half surprised me today with Coffee and a (before work) morning trip to
Home Goods in El Segundo. 
I've been looking and looking for just the right things for my coastal chic makeover
But,  have not had very much luck.  

That was until today!

I am Home Goods Happy Now!

Here is a sneak peek of what I found...

More to come... 

Be sure to check out my new listing at 3431 Artesia Blvd #23 Torrance CA

I will be holding an OPEN HOUSE this Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eye Spy with my little eye

As a kid we played a game called "Eye Spy" on long car rides to my
Auntie Sheila and Uncle LJ's house.
Eye Spy with my little eye... something that begins with...
You remember this game right?
Well I kept the tradition going when my daughter was little.
She loved this game as a child.and even today.
has created a link party on Wednesday's called Eye Spy. 
This week on Eye Spy we are taking a look at things around the house.
so here is my Eye Spy

Eye Spy with my little eye... something that begins with a "T"

Troy, my little Tea Cup Yorkie!  He runs the house. 

Eye Spy with my little eye... something that I can't live with out, that begins with a "K" 
If this broke I would get another one today!
Keurig Coffee maker...

Eye Spy with my Little Eye... The greatest fireplace I've ever had!

and my favorite shabby chic decoration...

A wooden ball with carved roses...

Eye Spy with my little eye a white sea shell collection in a bird bath

and My favorite pictures

and My new vase with white Daisy's

Eye Spy My Home office after a large real estate mailing

Eye Spy...The beach cruiser

The weekend volleyball games in front of my house

My Beach Rules sign

The seagulls at sunrise

and my stairway to heaven. 

Eye Spy is a link party that my daughter created. 
I will be linking up over at Little Miss Momma today. 
Be sure to check it out!

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