The CEO of real estate franchise Keller Williams says that as technology grows in the housing industry, so does the need for real estate agents. In an interview with HousingWire, CEO Chris Heller made the case that agents need to work in conjunction with technology rather than against it.

“Even with more technology and a stronger market, we are seeing fewer people doing it on their own,” Heller said. “Buyers and sellers still need advice and interpretation of the data that is available to them, and they still need that expert guiding them through the transaction.”

According to its second-quarter earnings, Keller Williams net agent count increased by 6,073 during the quarter, up 9.2% over Q2 2015.

The company reported that agents closed 277,594 transactions in Q2, up 16.1% over Q2 2015 and closed $78.5 billion in sales volume, up 19.6% from previous Q2.

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