Transparency focus of real estate future

Part 1: Carpe diem: Real estate tech takes off

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Editor's note: In this three-part series, Inman News looks at what industry insiders and participants expect will drive change and technology development in the next few years. We'll drill down on two of the hottest Web trends that are expected to get hotter for real estate: mapping and Web applications that drive consumers to broker and agent Web sites. (Read Part 2 and Part 3.) Consumers' insatiable appetite for information is what will drive real estate technology developments over the next few years, industry insiders say, but it won't be about replacing brokers and agents with fancy Web sites. Inman News asked real estate technology and online company executives where they expect technology to take off, and the prognosis shows applications that give consumers access to more data, more transparency into the transaction and the opportunity to more deeply interact with online content and engage agents when the time is right. Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia, a real estate search engi...