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NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers: Home Buyers and the Real Estate Agent

  • Eighty-nine percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker—a share that has steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001.
  • Forty-one percent of buyers found their agent through a referral from a friend or family member and 9 percent used an agent they had used before to buy or sell a home.
  • About two-thirds of recent buyers only interviewed one agent before they found the agent they worked with.
  • Nearly nine in ten buyers would use their agent again or recommend to others.
  • For more information from the annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, click here >

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