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3-D home tours, QR codes, social TV will be the rage in 2020

Editor's note: Inman News is exploring what the next decade may hold for real estate professionals in "2020 Re-Envision: The Future of Real Estate Brokerage," an editorial project that features a survey and related articles. Readers are invited to submit guest essays detailing their vision of the future for the real estate brokerage industry. Send your guest essay to by Feb. 28, 2010. Disclaimer: These predictions were revealed to me by a mystic Tarot card reader in San Francisco. Since, by 2020, most information on homes has become public and listed on the Internet -- a wealth of data ranging from factual stats, past sales history, taxes, RPR data (once held confidential by Realtors), and neighborhood and school data -- most buyers are not using brokers to find homes. Houses are found on the most popular real estate Web sites -- Craigslist, Wal-Mart and TruZilla, a merged portal. Buyers also watch the local television channels of brokers, with soci...