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by CareyBot

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. 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 s...