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Part 2: Real estate 2.0: Giddy with innovation

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Editor's note: The housing market is slowing, but it hasn't stopped innovators from debuting new technology and communication systems of use to the real estate industry. The Web 2.0 boom is rearing its head and providing new ways for the industry to communicate with clients and market home listings. In this three-part report, Inman News gives an update on some of the hottest technologies in real estate: mapping, video and blogging. (Read Part 1 and Part 3.) Online real estate video technologies are injecting more realism into virtual tours. There are several video companies targeting the real estate sector, with offerings ranging from simple do-it-yourself tools to full-service packages and a common goal to make for-sale houses and real estate services come alive on prospective buyers' computer screens. "The technology and trends are everywhere you look," said Frank Buono, executive vice president for VideoOpenHouse, a division of Rochester, N.Y.-based CGI Communications Inc., a...