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Tech must-haves for the new year

From The Real Deal

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Editor's note: This article is reposted with permission by The Real Deal. View the original article. By CANDACE TAYLOR Real estate is not for the tech-phobic. Real estate brokers "need to keep up with what their clients are doing," said Burke Smith, founder of YourNetCoach, which specializes in Internet marketing strategies for real estate firms and agents. In a city full of BlackBerrys and Androids, that means no ancient flip phones. Still, not all newfangled gadgets are created equal. This month, The Real Deal asked experts to weigh in on which new technologies real estate professionals should embrace -- and which ones they shouldn't bother with -- in 2011. Most important, Smith said, agents and firms need to adapt their websites for mobile phones. Right now, about 15 percent of potential buyers in the United States access property listings via mobile devices, like the iPhone or BlackBerry, he said. That's five times as many as last year, ...