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Widgets, widgets and more widgets

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Realtor.com has joined the widget craze and launched a search tool that enables consumers to have specific homes of interest automatically selected from the Realtor.com database and displayed on their desktops. Widgets -- a funky name for technology applications that are easily integrated into a Web site to perform specific tasks -- are making a splash in online real estate. (See Inman News story, "Widgets hit the real estate wires.") Several real estate widgets have debuted in recent months, including property display widgets from vFlyer and one from RealtyBaron that displays an agent's ranking from the company's rank service. The Realtor.com Search Gadget was created for the new Windows Vista operating system. Consumers can personalize their searches with specifics on location, price, number of bedrooms, and more. Search results are sent directly to the consumer's desktop within the Windows Vista sidebar. "Imagine that you are watching a slide show of homes on your pers...