Mapping, cell phones take center stage in real estate

Technology saves time and paper

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SAN FRANCISCO — The adage “Location, location, location” took center stage at a real estate technology panel Saturday highlighting Google mapping and new high-speed Internet access cell phones, as well as Global Positioning Systems.

“The technology behind Google Earth was invented by people who worked for government military agencies such as the Pentagon,” John Hanke, product director for maps, local and Google Earth, told an avid audience of about 300 at the National Association of Realtors convention in San Francisco.