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Brave New World, Rental Edition

Has the real estate industry finally awoken from its decades-long slumber and learned of that newfangled fad known as Web 2.0? Perhaps so! Specifically, Related Company has launched a paperless online application that allows potential renters to execute a lease online—including signing the lease online. This is done by holding a pen to your monitor and signing in the box. Actually, we're making that up. We have no idea how this works, and now we're scared again. [Boston Herald]