Are too many buyers resorting to the Internet?

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Someone asked me the other day whether I thought the Internet was killing real estate brokers.

(The question really did come up over dinner, a situation when most sane folks would much rather be discussing the Oscars, the health-care debate or even how to save Social Security.  Such is my life.)

In fact, research has shown that nearly nine out of 10 home buyers in the U.S. scour Web sites in search of a potential purchase.  My experience in Manhattan and, even before now, in the Washington, D.C. region certainly validates the research.

To my mind that’s a good thing.  Here’s why: Continue reading