New online tools allow agents to play in home-price futures

Homethinking platform rewards users' forecasting abilities

A new online tool developed by Homethinking allows real estate professionals and other users to conjure up their best bet on year-end home prices using market expertise, divining rods, crystal balls or other forecasting aids.

At stake is their online cred: Those users who guess best will receive higher ranking in the online trading community, and real estate professionals can promote their predictive prowess to prospective clients.

The Homethinking Prediction Markets tools are available for the 100 most populated cou