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Startup Scene: Revestor

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Despite the bursting housing bubble, real estate remains one of the most important purchases -- and one of the biggest investments -- in the consumer marketplace. Yet, for most of us, it can be arduous and time-consuming to measure the investment potential of a particular property. Revestor, a San Francisco startup, seeks to change that. Founded in May 2011 by Bill Lyons, Revestor helps potential buyers identify properties that are likely to offer the biggest bang for their buck. Designed for both first-time homebuyers and expert investors, Revestor enables users to search homes for sale by the highest potential return using two common investment criteria: cash flow and capitalization rate (or "cap rate"). Here's how it works: Along with entering a ZIP code and a target price range like you might at other property search sites, you also select whether you'd like to view properties by cash flow or cap rate. The results are displayed on a map and in a list format. You can ...