It's been said that numbers don't lie - or do they? I love statistics. But.... as anyone in the sciences will tell you - statistics are only as valid as the data they are measuring. In the science/engineering disciplines "peer review" holds these "creative types" accountable. Sadly - I haven't run into the real estate watch-dog equivalent of peer review.
It is true that most first time buyers turn their noses up at the cookie cutter - or they would LIKE to. However, this disdain finds itself running up against the reality that cookie cutters very often offer more bang for the buck and more of the modern features that new home buyers crave than a pre-war charmer.
Consumers are suddenly swamped with web pages which amount to "listing sheets" of each address the punch into the search engine. But who are the agents whose photos and information appear on these sheets?