Services: House Hunting by Computer

One out of every six U.S. families will be looking for a new house this year. And no matter how many times they have brought it off successfully in the past, each new move becomes an ordeal. All this is likely to change radically and in the very near future. The real estate world is beginning to shift over to computers, and with dramatic results.

Leader in the field is Detroit's eight-month-old Realtron, Inc., which uses an IBM 1440 to keep an up-to-date account of 8,000 listings in the area, with each house coded for 23 characteristics, including location, style, extra...