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Realty agents e-volve with technology

A decade of homes on the Web

Editor's note: Ten years ago, the first home listings were put on the Internet. In this special Inman News series, our editorial team explores the implications of this decade of online experimenting, investing and haggling. Ten years ago, a new global movement began to displace the earliest cyber-civilizations. The glory days of electronic Bulletin Board Systems, which connected local computer users through primitive dial-up computer networks, were giving way to a new era. Neighbors and neighborhoods were going worldwide. In this latest incarnation of the Digital Age, personal interaction and business transactions would no longer be limited by geography. The World Wide Web was born and real estate agents had a new tool for their trade–though it took them awhile to latch on to the possibilities of the Web. Has the Web revolutionized your business? Take a survey. David Rose, a Realtor in Morro Bay, Calif., was a member of a local nonprofit users' group in the early 1990s. An MIT g...