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Sawbuck app serves up real estate data from snapshots

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A new iPhone app from online brokerage company Sawbuck Realty reveals details on more than 90 million homes in the country -- including current value, last sale date and price, and local schools -- simply by snapping a picture.In the 13 markets where Sawbuck Realty operates as a broker, the HomeSnap iPhone app can tap into multiple listing service (MLS) data. If a home is for sale, users see the current list price, interior pictures and complete listing details, and can schedule a showing. For recently sold listings, HomeSnap shows the final sale price and complete listing history.For properties not listed in the MLS, and in markets where Sawbuck Realty lacks access to MLS data, HomeSnap relies on property tax and other public records to serve up details like last sale date and price, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, lot size, and school attendance boundaries.The app relies on information about the user's location -- not the image that's snapped -- to determine what property to retrieve ...