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Is real estate ready to go paperless?

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Ready to rid yourself of all those files and stacks of stuff on your desk? With cloud computing and a new generation of tablet computers, it may not be long before you can say goodbye to all those stacks of paper. Last week, people eagerly awaited Apple's announcement about their new tablet computer, the iPad. I had high hopes that the Apple tablet would provide the impetus for the real estate industry to finally go completely paperless. While the iPad has plenty of cool apps plus a beautiful color "reader" for books and newspapers, it appears to fall short as a paperless solution for the real estate industry. Even if the iPad doesn't meet the bill -- going paperless is not a pipe dream. There are a wide variety of great tablet computers that can make that goal a reality. Thought leaders have toyed with the idea of going paperless for more than 10 years. ("Paperless" means every aspect of the transaction is handled online.) Using paper to track transacti...