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Housefax lets you know if your potential listing is near a fault, cheap gas and strong cell signals

Get the edge on the competition by researching a home's history

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Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. The pitch I used to travel with my dad to look at classic cars he wanted to buy. One of the first steps we always took was to verify a car's authenticity via the vehicle identification number. Muscle cars were often altered slightly by the factory to make a version that was faster or somehow unique. These subtle changes often made the difference between a car being worth $5,000 or $50,000. Rare, alternate models are easily impersonated by street-savvy car dealers. All it takes is the application of a fender badge or some pinstriping to make a Buick Skylark look like a GSX. Naturally, we didn't have Carfax. We used yellowed factory guides to unravel the automotive histories of prospective investments, thick books marred with mechanic grease, chained to counters or weighed down under a four-barrel carb. After the 2008 real estate crash, an era pock...