Online Buyer vs. Offline Home Buyer

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According to a recent study conducted by a real estate website, the Internet approach in house-hunting is now overwhelmingly favored. The study compares some distinctions between Online vs. Offline buyers and the findings are powerful.

According to a recent study conducted by, online home buyers are on the rise. The report tells us that an online house-hunter is better prepared and chooses email as their favored communication method with their agent.

Here are just a few of the report's findings:

  • 78% of people said that they used the Internet as an important part of their home-buying and selection process;
  • Online buyers previewed an average of 7 homes with their agent, traditional buyers previewed 17 homes. Online shoppers had already eliminated ones they did not wish to see while browsing homes for sale on;
  • Two thirds of Fizber homebuyers ranked neighborhood quality as the most important factor, followed by proximity to job or school (48 percent) and proximity to friends or family (34 percent);
  • 57% of Fizber buyers said they found their agent online using Fizber Real Estate Directory and spent an average of 6 weeks doing research before contacting an agent; offline buyers only 1 week.

Julia Foster, PR manager, said because the Internet is the preferred method of searching for a home, Fizber's online platform enables home buyers to benefit from the convenience and efficiency of online technologies.

Home buyers are also able to search neighborhoods and listings that closely match their search criteria, including neighborhood demographics, detailed house specifications, school evaluations and crime statistics. Users can browse all homes for sale in a given area and view listings of recently sold homes and community data.


With home listings throughout the United States, strives to connect buyers and sellers more effectively. The site offers to list for-sale properties on a multiple listing service for a $349.95 flat fee, to submit property ads to a variety of property search engines for a $299.95 flat fee, and a package of both services for $499.95. Prospective homebuyers can browse property database, available at, at no charge. View Bar Harbor, ME condos for sale.


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