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2004 was another year of record success in real estate. But perhaps more importantly, online real estate made a big comeback. The public debut of ZipRealty and HouseValues, along with real estate heavyweight Cendant entering the online lead business, and a major lawsuit victory for online real estate advertiser ForSaleByOwner.com were among the highlights for this sector in 2004. Along with the triumphs, several controversies also surrounded the industry, topping off the list of this year's biggest real estate news stories. Here's a list of our picks for 2004's real estate highlights: Federal agency to probe online real estate. In November, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael Oxley (R-Ohio) shook the real estate industry with his request that the federal government...