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How millennials shop for homes

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When 30-year-old prospective homebuyer Greg Pasquali and his significant other went in search of a real estate agent to represent them, they chose a site well-known to anyone searching for a good restaurant: Yelp. "We used Redfin for open houses, but we didn't get a good feel for agents there, so we used Yelp," Pasquali told attendees at the Real Estate Connect conference Friday. He was part of a panel of millennials who answered questions from Inman News Publisher Bradley Inman on stage about their recent home searches. The other panelists were Brittany Ashlock, 32, and Martin Ringlein, 30. "I think there's a general publicity problem for real estate agents," Pasquali said, noting that a turn-off for him was agents who were "trying to sell us something" and didn't listen to what they wanted. The couple walked away from one agent who would send them online listings that didn't match the criteria they had told the agent they were lo...