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RadCribs dishes out the skinny on real estate data

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This isn't about brand-name baby beds – RadCribs is all about real estate research. Howard Yen, a real estate investor, began to gather data on properties in the New York City area about two years ago. "At the time it was very difficult. There wasn't any good way of doing it. That's how I came up with the idea – to come up with something that will help users research properties." RadCribs.com now serves as a real estate data storehouse for the New York City area and other East Coast real estate markets, including Boston, Maryland, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Local government offices have gradually entered the digital age, and RadCribs focuses on those areas that have readily available computerized property information. "We tend to only focus on cities that already have digitized content," Yen said. "Two years ago there wasn't as much, but now there is more and more. One of our goals is to add more and more cities." While basic search features at the site are free, R...