Despite Google, smart phones, social networking and traditional advertising, the most common method for people to find homes is through a real estate agent, according to the most recent Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey.
The survey found that 20 percent of buyers said their real estate agent helped them find the home they purchased, followed by Realtor.com, 17 percent; and word of mouth, 16 percent.
Renters said the most common way they found their dwellings were word of mouth, 34 percent; sign on the outside of the building, 11 percent; and Craigslist, 11 percent.
In deciding on neighborhoods, 20 percent listed “convenience to job” as the most important factor.
Real Estate Digest, Old Republic National Title, Mar 2013