We had an open house at our new listing yesterday. The Realtor holding it open for us said "...pictures on the Internet really good (all four family's through said it was the Internet pictures that got them there)..." I wasn't there so no one can accuse me of asking visitors leading questions about the photos.
There's a couple of significant things about having open house visitors talk about internet pictures bringing them to the open house.
I understand that this is only one data point but think about it; gas is expensive so buyers don't just idly drive around the neighborhood any more and newspapers have data that is two weeks old (that's the flow time that it takes to get an ad in the newspaper through our office process) so if you were looking for a home how would you approach it? Use the Internet right?