2005 was another year of record success in real estate, though the market started to show strong signs of slowing in the second half of the year. Industry participants started thinking and planning more seriously for their approach to online customers. The anticipated entrance of e-commerce veteran Rich Barton into the real estate industry, along with real estate heavyweight Cendant announcing plans to break up its conglomerate into four individual companies, and RealEstate.com eying the real estate brokerage business were among this year's industry highlights. Several controversies also made this a memorable year, including a major antitrust lawsuit filed against the National Association for Realtors and several nationwide title insurance kickback investigations that resulted in millions ...
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