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Agent review service now covers 1.5 million agents

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Homethinking, a Web site that allows consumers to view information and reviews of real estate agents in a given area, re-launched today, now covering more than 1.5 million agents and more than 1.5 million transactions from this year. As part of the re-launch, Homethinking unveiled a new site that allows consumers to search and navigate via dynamic maps. Real estate agents and other professionals can take Homethinking's transaction data and a place a free map of recent home sales on their Web sites or blogs via an open standard called GeoRSS -- an extension of the commonly used RSS. More information on how to implement the real estate maps is at, which launched in December 2005, was started by Niki Scevak, a former analyst at research firm Jupitermedia. The site aims to help consumers choose from among the nation's nearly 1.3 million Realtors, while also serving as a lead-generation system for agents. Agents can bid ...