Some Realtors fear that consumers may one day bypass them by using the Internet to go straight to mortgage lenders, but Sharon A. Millett is not one of them.

Ms. Millett, president-elect of the National Association of Realtors, says most consumers do not want to take the time to gather all the pertinent lending information. Homebuyers still depend on realty agents for analysis and guidance, she said, adding that "56% of buyers use a lender that their broker recommended."

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