'Last hoorah' for real estate print ads

Survey: Realtors spend money on print ads because clients expect them to

Real estate companies spent more on newspaper advertising in the early part of 2006 than they did last year, but did so grudgingly, according to a survey that predicts the demise of print real estate ads.

The Newspaper Association of America reports that first-quarter revenue for print classified real estate advertising was up 26.3 percent compared to last year.

But Realtors say they buy print ads because their customers expect them to, not because they produce results, according to a survey by Florida-based Classified Intelligence LLC and Realty Times.