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Foreclosure, virtual tour sites join Hitwise top-20

ForeclosureStore, Homegain see jump in rankings

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ForeclosureStore.com, a foreclosure-related real estate search site, and virtual tour company VisualTour.com joined a monthly top-20 list of popular real estate sites in January, Web metrics company Hitwise reported today. ForeclosureStore.com had ranked 27th in December 2008, and VisualTour.com ranked 22nd that month. Real estate marketing site Homegain.com moved up three places to sixth on the list from December 2008 to January 2009 and apartment-search portal MyNewPlace.com dropped from 19th in December to 16th in January, Hitwise also reported. The Hitwise rankings are based on the market share of visits to real estate sites among the company's sample of 10 million U.S. Internet users. The company tracked data for 3,247 real estate category Web sites in January. Longtime leader Realtor.com maintained it's dominance on the list with 6.7 percent market share in January among real estate sites tracked by Hitwise, and Yahoo's RealEstate.Yahoo.com remained in second with 3.38...