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Houston Realtors launch iPhone app

App delivers members-only mobile MLS, consumer-centric search

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The Houston Association of Realtors is offering an iPhone application that doubles as a consumer property-search portal and a members-only portable multiple listing service. At more than 25,000 members, HAR is the second-largest local Realtor association in the country. The app, launched Oct. 18, allows members "to quickly and conveniently tap into the same MLS real estate information on the go that's available to them through a desktop Internet connection," the association said in an announcement today. The app earned a ranking of No. 145 in the Apple App Store's Lifestyle category in late October, as reported by app-tracking site TopAppCharts.com. After logging into the app, members can view their leads and listings, their brokerage's listing inventory, complete listing details, tax information, listing-price changes, and showing instructions (if applicable). HAR announced plans to add sold property data in 2011. "Mobile access to MLS data enhances the service...