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Homebuyers and sellers searching for a Realtor in the Houston area will be able to go online and see which agents have the most transactions and listings in the neighborhood they are interested in doing business, thanks to a new Web-based application green-lighted Monday by the Houston Association of Realtors.HAR's Realtor Match application allows consumers to access statistics from the association's multiple listing service,, by entering a ZIP code or drawing shapes on a map to identify the specific area in which they want to buy or sell.Margie Dorrance, who serves as chairwoman for the HAR board, said in a statement Monday, "HAR has always been a cutting-edge Realtor association. I think it speaks volumes about the leadership in Houston to note that the implementation of this new feature passed our board of directors with a unanimous vote." Development of the application was made possible through a "Game Changers" grant from the National Association of Rea...