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Agents still in demand despite Internet

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More and more people are going online to find their dream home.

But does that mean they're bypassing traditional home buying routes and avoiding using real estate agents?

The answer is no, said Ryan Conrad, chief executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS.

“Given the Internet's convenience and round-the-clock accessibility, it's not surprising that many homebuyers first look online for properties and information when beginning their search. Rather than displacing real estate agents, the Internet is actually helping connect them with homebuyers,” said Conrad.

According to the 2012 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 89 percent of homebuyers who searched the Internet purchased a home through a real estate agent.

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@lvb.com

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