The housing industry in California is in recovery mode and multiple offers and bidding wars are now the norm in many markets. For buyers, only the most fit will survive and succeed in purchasing a home—those with excellent credit and a sizeable down payment can compete with investors paying all cash. The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) 2013 Home Buyer Survey looked at buyers in greater detail. The Survey covers home buyer demographics, the types of homes purchased and preferences, the details of the buying experience from the buyer perspective, and many aspects concerning client and real estate agent interaction.