Look out Trulia, here comes Roost.com

Seems counter-intuitive but the competition is heating up in the world of online real estate search engines even as the housing market slowdown deepens. Roost.com, which entered the fray with a beta launch on Jan. 23, is similar to the many existing listing sites such as Trulia.com and Zillow.com. But Roost is trying to differentiate itself with its user-friendly interface and ability to easily search for new, used and for-sale-by-owner listings without having to navigate through a local broker’s Web site or share contact information with an agent.

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