How do I use classifieds to create a section of my website for users to only add or remove listings

I am having trouble figuring out the setup for classifieds. I would like very simply to have a small section of my site where local clients can list a house (simple info and a pic) but when they login to do so what will they see? the dashboard ? I am not a novice wordpress programmer but something about this has me lost for some reason and beating my head against the wall. any help would be priceless. all I want is for a user to be able to sign up for a user account, then login and use the classifieds feature for free without being able to alter the rest of the website. Thanks in advance.