Craig's List Approaching Critical Mass in Puerto Rico
Savvy browsers the world over are quickly contributing to the downfall of traditional newspapers thanks to their understanding of Craig's List and the basic need for a better way to post classified ads. In many markets Craig's List has struggled to catch on, but Puerto Rico is one of those markets in transition, and it's finally gaining the traction it's long held elsewhere.
When our writers were performing the majority of the on-location work in Puerto Rico, we had a standing company policy to always use Craig's List first. In some cases it didn't work at all (as the low number of listings would have indicated), but in other cases we found the same uncommon connections, wealth of advice and outright bargains we've enjoyed in larger markets.
Lookng for employment in Puerto Rico is still a chore on Craig's List, as few companies have picked up on it, but you may still enjoy success by posting a résumé there, and the opportunity risk is limited to under five-minutes of invested time.
The real benefit is the housing market. Finding rental and purchase listings the old fashioned way can be just about impossible, short of paying an agency to do the work for you, or yourself scouring a number of Spanish language papers. This can simplify your entire process.
Not only are listings updated constantly, just like they are in larger markets, but if you can't find what you're looking for, you can post an entry in the Housing Wanted section and expect a good number of responses.
When our company was seeking corporate housing, we did exactly that, and found an uncommon bargain for an uncommonly nice building.
The world grows web savvier by the day and Puerto Rico is no exception. Even if it was, many landlords (such as ours) are not even located on the island.
The bottom line is that, with as much room for growth and completion as the Puerto Rico market has for growth on Craig's List, it's still more comprehensive than any other niche website we could find while still searching for the same information.
At the very least, it's free, so your risk in the equation is limited, and the potential upside may be exactly what you're looking for.