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Each year, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® surveys home buyers and sellers to gather detailed information about the home buying and selling process. These surveys provide information on demographics, housing characteristics and the experience of consumers in the housing market. Buyers and sellers also share information on the role that real estate professionals play in home sales transactions.

In July 2011, NAR mailed out a questionnaire survey to a random sample of 80,099 recent home buyers. The recent home buyers had to have purchased a home between July of 2010 and June of 2011. The Tailored Survey Design Method was used to survey the sample, which includes a pre-postcard mailing, the survey, a follow-up letter and a re-mailing of the survey. Using this method, a total of 5,708 responses were received. After accounting for undeliverable questionnaires, the survey had an adjusted response rate of 7.3 percent.