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Top real estate tech tools of 2005

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Dozens of new technology companies enter the real estate scene every year, and existing companies launch hundreds of new tech applications and gadgets for the real estate business. Here's a list of our picks for the top real estate tech tools of 2005: 1. Google Earth: While online mapping applications took off in a big way this year in real estate, Google Earth, produced the greatest "wow" effect for its ability to let users fly over the earth and get a true, three-dimensional bird's-eye view of cities, neighborhoods and houses. 2. Mixing mapping with detailed property, neighborhood and community data, HouseValues in October launched HomePages, a Web site designed to drum up more business for agents while supplying consumers with new house-hunting tools. Home shoppers can search for-sale homes by city and state, address, intersection, ZIP code, school district and neighborhood features, and realty agents pay to have the HomePages site personally branded when site users ...