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A website redesign often involves little more than putting a new look on the same old capabilities and content.Over the course of the next year or so, watch for to do the opposite, offering a range of new capabilities without radically altering the site's is currently beta testing new search tools that enable consumers to find and evaluate agents based on criteria such as the Realtor's area of specialization, languages they speak, and the number of listings they are representing.The beta site, which officially launches today, also sports some snazzy map-based search capabilities, serving up information about individual properties, neighborhoods and housing markets that can help buyers and sellers get a handle on recent trends.Map-based searches show neighborhood boundaries and can display heat maps of home prices or property valuations. Users can zoom in to the parcel level to click on individual properties.The site allows consumers to cal...