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Top real estate tech tools of 2005

Opinion: A look at latest innovative technology

Dozens of new technology companies enter the real estate scene every year, and existing companies launch hundreds of new tech applications and gadgets for the real estate business. Here's a list of our picks for the top real estate tech tools of 2005: 1. Google Earth: While online mapping applications took off in a big way this year in real estate, Google Earth, produced the greatest "wow" effect for its ability to let users fly over the earth and get a true, three-dimensional bird's-eye view of cities, neighborhoods and houses. 2. HomePages.com: Mixing mapping with detailed property, neighborhood and community data, HouseValues in October launched HomePages, a Web site designed to drum up more business for agents while supplying consumers with new house-hunting tools. Home shoppers can search for-sale homes by city and state, address, intersection, ZIP code, school district and neighborhood features, and realty agents pay to have the HomePages site personally branded when site users ...

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