Facebook’s Marketplace function, a Craigslist-type section on its app where people can sell used good to others within their neighbourhood, is set to expand so that real estate and cars are also listed, reports Recode.
The company recently appointed Deb Liu as the VP of Marketplace and she spoke with Recode last month to unleash some of FB’s plans for the app.
The social media site now shows job postings inside Marketplace, and recently started offering “daily deals” as part of a new arrangement with eBay. But the the site has more categories coming to Marketplace, including ticket sales and products from retailers’ shopping Pages, said Liu.
Up until until now, Facebook has limited its postings in Marketplace to individual users, not business Pages. But that’s changing as the company expands into more areas.
Liu says Marketplace is keen to see what listings are popular and what consumers engage with specifically in order to further develop the product.
“So if people are searching or looking for something, we want to make that available to them,” she told Recode.
One popular area has been auto sales, so Liu says Facebook will soon feature cars for sale inside Marketplace from local car dealerships and it plans to do the same with real estate listings to increase inventory for apartment hunters.
In the interview Facebook did not disclose who it was planning to partner with for those categories.