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RealtyJoin: a new place to make deals

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A newly launched social networking site for the real estate industry hopes to help investors, agents and vendors make deals. Atlanta-based RealtyJoin is for professionals in the real estate industry -- agents, plumbers, electricians, home inspectors, mortgage brokers, etc. -- hoping to publicize their services and team up with investors and vice versa. Users set up profiles that they can then share on other social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Users plug in their ZIP code and the site then shows them members in that same ZIP code. Those worried about the security of their information can customize their privacy settings. To find professionals with similar interests users can join specialized groups such as "Foreclosures in Atlanta." They can also blog and set themselves up as experts in their area and have other users recommend them. "Become active. The more you engage, the more you benefit. You can set yourself up as 'Ed the Electrician, the A...