Why Do You Need a Tech-Savvy Realtor(R)?In today's highly competitive real estate market, it has become more important than ever for sellers to hire an agent who understands how to market their home on the Internet. The day has come and gone for Realtors(R) who use old-fashioned sales methods in real estate - putting a sign in the yard, putting the property in the Multiple-Listing Service (MLS), running an occasional newspaper ad, and sitting back waiting for the phone to ring.This method might have worked at one time, but no more. Consider these facts:In every age group, newspaper readership is wayyyyy down. In the 30-45 age group, less than 35% of people read a newspaper! Even in the 45-55 age group, only slightly more than 45% of people read the newspaper.*Only 21% of traditional buyers found their agent through brochures, fliers, or mailers to their home. 92% of Internet buyers found their listing on a website and 63% of Internet buyers found their agent through a search engine!This trend will only continue- have you tried to get a teenager to read a book lately? They are probably too busy using their IM-ing (instant messaging for those of you who are not familiar) or watching YouTube videos!77% of buyers use the Internet in their search for a home, according to a 2005 study.*2006 CAR(R) Economic StudyMarch 01 2009 - Missoula00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.