Realtors® vs. The Internet

Every year, The National Association of Realtors® surveys thousands of home buyers and sellers to find out what their experiences were like (all types of buyers and sellers, not just those who used a Realtor®). One of the things they’ve been keeping track of is how new technologies are affecting the way we Realtors do our job, and if we should be worried about being replaced by a website any time soon.

What they’re finding is that, while consumers are definitely able to do a lot more research before even talking to an agent, the percentage of people using a real estate broker to help them navigate the process of buying a home has actually increased from 69 percent in 2001 to 89 percent today.

Having more information doesn’t necessarily mean having more knowledge. It can still be a daunting task to sort through it all, which is probably why people who use the Internet are more likely to use a Realtor® when buying or selling a home.  Ninety-one percent of buyers who used the Internet to search for homes purchased their home through an agent, compared to 71 percent of non-Internet users.

And, 89 percent of both buyers and sellers would recommend their agent to friends and family.  That’s a fantastic approval rating! If you’re a home buyer or seller, please give Oregon First the opportunity to assist you through this sometimes nerve-wracking process. We have the experience and expertise to help you make informed decisions.