Several large commercial realtors and brokers in the Seattlearea are currently testing the company's "LiveTour" software, whichis scheduled for a Dec. 1 release after fine-tuning.

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To use the software, real estate agents compile all of theproperty data, including an unlimited number of digital images, andupload the files to the LiveTour website's database. Clients canthen log on to the site and be walked through available propertiesby the agent, thanks to voice-over IP capabilities, can answerquestions in real time as they arise.

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Mike Hayes, CEO for URreal, says the software will save bothagents and clients time and money. "I was talking with one realestate agent here who had people arrive from Toronto and New Yorkto look at a selection of eight properties, none of whichultimately met their needs," says Hayes. "That agent now has abetter understanding of his clients' needs, but it was a verypainful experience for everyone to have to go through.

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"Being able to incorporate this media and be connected instantlywith clients is a key thing," he continues. "It enables agents toget to know their clients and their clients' needs before they takethat next step of physically showing the property."

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