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a short note to realtors listing on craislist.

Alternatively titled: apartment hunting on Craigslist makes me want to kill myself.


If you happen to follow me on Twitter, you’ve likely noticed I’m in the process of apartment hunting. I started the process all bright-eyed and bushy tailed. And then Craigslist killed it for me.

I’m no real estate agent, and I’m absolutely not claiming I could rent any of these apartments. Because I absolutely couldn’t. But what I do know is that I could save everyone a whole lot of time and energy… and that must count for something, right?

My advice to real estate agents listing homes on Craigslist:

  • The words “Elevator building!” are irrelevant if the unit is on ground level or in the basement.
  • Please don’t use the word “Wowsers” in the headline. Especially if the apartment looks like a bomb went off in it.
  • We can tell if you’re stretching your photos. No coffee table is that wide. And the toilet seat looks like it was built for a giant. A for effort. Actually no, F.
  • If you don’t put photos with your ad, there’s probably a reason. If you only include photos of the lobby, there’s probably a reason for that, too. Pretty lobbies are nice, but I shouldn’t want to sleep in it over my actual unit.

  • The term “modern” changes through the years. What was “modern” in 1989, is not still considered “modern” today. A “modern” kitchen should not have a brown and yellow refrigerator.
  • Brighton is not a “Coolidge Corner alternative.” I mean, technically everything’s an alternative to something else, but no. Just no.
  • Who the heck would pay $250 for a parking spot in Brookline?
  • “Clean carpet” is an oxymoron in the Boston-area.
  • If you have to say “Lead-free!!” in the headline, you’re really struggling to say something nice, aren’t you?
  • Cute means small. Cozy means small. Nice means meh. Unique means horribly ugly.
  • Posting the same ad over and over, all in a row, is NOT going to make me want to call you to set up an appointment.
  • If there’s a piece of trash in the middle of an otherwise empty room, pick it up before you take a photo. Heck, what do I care, kick it to the side if you want. Photoshop it later on if you really can’t build up the energy to remove it. just, I don’t want to see it.
  • Please refrain from using hearts, stars, music notes, arrows, etc. in listing headlines.
  • Just don’t say this: “living room is large, sunny and has great fridge in it, since the kitchen doesn’t have enough space to fit it.”

I’ll stop here for fear that I could go on forever and ever. Let’s just hope this apartment hunt doesn’t last that long. I’ve suddenly realized why I haven’t moved from my apartment in 5 years.

I thought this would be painless, but apparently it’s quite possible I’ll be living in a living room with a refrigerator in it. But at least I won’t have lead poisoning, right?

5 Responses to “a short note to realtors listing on craislist.”

  1. Susan Says:

    Hilarious!! I never want to move out of my “cute” and “cozy” apartment so I never have to go through the process again.

  2. megabrooke Says:

    oh believe me i’ve been there. you wonder why manfriend and i ended up staying at my current place! we looked and looked at upwards of 12 apartments in the area, all claiming to be “spacious” and “updated!” “modern!”… all these wonderful things, many of which they were not. my place wasn’t perfect, didn’t have everything we wanted, but for now it’s doing us just fine. let’s just say it’s a hell of a lot better than some of the shitboxes we saw out there!
    good luck in the hunt!

  3. rebeccaj Says:

    ugh, this is always my problem. i’m ready to pack it up and move but the search? the search kills me.

  4. Corinne Says:

    starting this search…along with the job search…i dont know which is worse :(

  5. Rachael Says:

    I just randomly stumbled upon your blog. I hear ya about the apartment listings! I swear that the apartments posted don’t actually exist. They’re just ploys to get you in the office.

    My boyfriend and I found our apartment last week. The process was painful. We ended up going out of our preferred price range just to end the ordeal and stop looking at shitty apartments. On the plus side, we’ll have a view of the Charles River :)

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