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Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, today announced the results of its spring home selling survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,058 U.S. adults (18+) in May, 2013. The CENTURY 21® survey revealed that 33 percent of people currently searching for a home have been on the hunt for more than a year, and that the vast majority of them are willing to negotiate with sellers and make compromises to find their next home. In particular, prospective homebuyers are willing to compromise on popular amenities and their home’s location.

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