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Realty Assist chief drives paperless mission

Profile: Mark Cira leads digital document revolution

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It didn't take Realty Assist CEO Mark Cira long to realize he'd rather spend his afternoons figuring out how to streamline the real estate process with technology than drive prospective home buyers around town in his car.   Cira is one of the leaders behind the digital document movement in real estate, and Realty Assist is one of few companies that gained traction in Web-based transaction management, a concept that long ago promised to transform the real estate process. The company provides transaction management and paperless office products to real estate, closing and mortgage companies.   Cira launched Realty Assist 11 years ago with $1 million in capital. Stewart Realty Solutions, a new subsidiary of the Stewart Information Services Corp., purchased the company in February after four years of using its licensed transaction management products.   How did Cira keep his company afloat while so many other technology efforts crashed and burned?   "We ...