However, I have always said that estate agents will adapt their roles and change their services rather than become exctinct.
Here's a good example why.
I have some clients arriving shortly who are looking for building land in or around Cognac. I have trawled the market for them and have some good plots lined up to show them.
Yesterday though I found two additional plots, both of them not yet on the open market, both of them superb.
The first came from a conversation I had with someone in my village. We were just "chewing the cud" when they suggested I call someone they knew who was going to sell some land they had inherited. I called the chap and it's a prime building plot in a beautiful location. He's in no hurry to put it on the market but would be happy to sell if a buyer fell into his lap.
The second came from one of my favourite local estate agents, a really go ahead chap called Jerome Desset (see his agency here). He knew that I had been looking for land and he called me on my mobile to say that he was just about to take on a beautiful plot in the heart of one of the prettiest villages around - did I want to visit it with him.
Neither of these are actively being marketed, let alone visible on a property portal.
The changes are coming for sure but there will always be a place for expertise, professionalism and local knowledge.